Challenges caring for the elderly will

Currently, 24 percent of the U.S. population is 65 years or older. By 2030, the first wave of boomers will turn 85. That’s just the first wave, with millions more to follow. Who will care for those boomers, and how will their care be paid for without wearing out family caregivers? How can we attract more people to work in the industry? And how can do we all that without totally draining Medicaid and bankrupting the nation?

Jackie Crosby, also a reporter at the Star Tribune, is currently writing a series of columns on elder care and the burden it places on family caregivers.

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Planners fall short in aged care provision

Despite financial planners saying for years that they were planning to increase their provision of aged care advice, they are still falling short in their offerings, according to Investment Trends

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Appalachian offers updated and renamed graduate certificate in aging, health and society

Appalachian State University’s former gerontology graduate certificate has a new name — the graduate certificate in aging, health and society. The re-designed program prepares students for careers requiring graduate-level knowledge and skills relating to aging populations and their health in contemporary society.

The program, which is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Sociology, gives participants the opportunity to enhance the rapidly growing older adult population’s quality of life by helping them access the programs, services, health care and housing options they need.

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"Age in Place" is guide to adapting homes for aging parents

During her work as an occupational therapist, Lynda Shrager often sees senior citizens and their families in crisis. She's called to help an elderly person recover after a fall, surgery or a stroke and witnesses her patients' families hustling to make the home a safe place for a person with limited mobility or strength.

In these homes, Shrager also sees many low-cost adaptations that can be done to make it possible for someone to stay in their home as they age — but it's better if it's done before a crisis.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Senate Bill Aims to Broaden Access To Hearing Services.

Last summer, President Donald Trump signed a law that directs the Food and Drug Administration to establish and regulate a new category of hearing aid to be sold over the counter for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. People will be able to buy products off the shelf without consulting an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser, and standards for online sales will be tightened. The agency has three years to develop safety and other consumer protection standards.

Posted by editor on Tue, 15 May 2018 09:05 | Permalink

Should the Elderly Decide How They Die?

With right-to-die legislation in its fledgling stages in the United States, the bioethics surrounding assisted suicide are in play as they haven’t been in the past. Traditionally, arguments to enact these laws are fashioned around the notion of liberating a patient from terminal usually insufferable disease. But, the recent intentional death by 104-year-old scientist David Goodall via euthanasia brings to the forefront whether to deem deterioration from advanced aging as another reasonable consideration.

So determined was the British-born scholar, who failed in prior attempts in his home country of Australia where it is illegal, that he traveled to Switzerland to fulfill this quest. And, so he did by personally starting a lethal injection of a barbiturate on Thursday.

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Amid rising abuse, exploitation of vulnerable adults in South Carolina, AARP seeks better services

The fragile elderly woman whose son is taking her money but not ensuring she’s fed or bathed.

An old man covered in bed sores, left alone to lie in his own feces.

A large and powerful 19-year-old suffering from severe autism whose mother can’t manage him by herself anymore.

These are some of the people that South Carolina’s Adult Protective Services helps every day.

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‘It’s like ‘Mean Girls’, but they’re 80′: Aged care bullies rife in US

The word bully often calls to mind images of a school playground, but it turns out seniors, especially those living in aged care facilities cop bullying, too.

Nursing homes and senior centres across the US have now introduced programs, training and policies to prevent bullying, the New York Post reported.

“There’s the clique system just like everywhere else,” said Betsy Gran, who until recently was assistant director at San Francisco’s 30th Street Senior Centre. “It’s like Mean Girls, but everyone is 80,” she added, referring to the teen movie about catty high school girls.

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Better with age: speaking to baby boomer clients

The nature of financial advice is changing as the large Baby Boomer demographic confronts retirement. Suddenly, many conversations with clients are shifting rapidly beyond wealth management to topics related to this new stage of life.

Advisers have an opportunity to start discussions about estate planning, powers of attorney, enduring guardians and aged care. Planners clearly need to take the steps necessary to ensure they are equipped to have these conversations.

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How to Finance Aging in Place Renovations: A Fully Accessible Guide

In a 2017 study, AARP found that 95 percent of people ages 65 and older preferred to stay in their own homes as they aged. It’s a process known as aging in place – in which older homeowners retrofit their homes to accommodate growing older. It’s a popular alternative to relocation, whether it’s to a nursing home or retirement facility.

Staying in your own home as you grow older offers many benefits. Homeowners can enjoy a stronger sense of safety, comfort, independence, and privacy. Though the renovation cost may be high, it can still be cheaper to age in place than it would be to move to an assisted-living facility.

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