New Technology Could Allow You or Your Parents to Age at Home

Phil D'Eramo used to call his parents four or five times a day to make sure they took their medication. An only child from upstate New York, D'Eramo was worried, especially about his 89-year-old father, who has Alzheimer's disease. Were Mom and Dad eating often enough? When his father went out for short drives, was he getting home safely?

But D'Eramo has found peace of mind in a sleek system called Lively. It has six sensors that D'Eramo has placed on his parents' pillboxes, the refrigerator, the microwave, the bathroom door and his father's key chain.

Posted by editor on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

Age-Friendly NYC Website

Right now, there are over 1 million people 65 and over living in NYC, and by 2040, this number is expected to increase by 40.7%. Soon, NYC will have more older adults than school-aged children.

 To prepare for this transformation, The Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the New York Academy of Medicine partnered to create Age-friendly NYC.


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Who Are The Frail Elderly?

We know it when we see it, but what does it really mean to say someone is "frail?" Can frailty be prevented? Can it be cured?

People who are frail "are thin and weak. They have no energy. They tire easily. Their walking speed is agonizingly slow," says geriatrician, Ava Kaufman, in a 2012 Washington Post article, Frailty is a medical condition, not an inevitable result of aging. "They aren't really ill, at least not with any identifiable diseases. But they aren't well, either." Thirty years ago "we couldn't put our finger on a specific diagnosis or problem,'' says Kaufman. "We didn't have a word for it then."


Posted by editor on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memories back.

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions - amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.


Posted by editor on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist

Have you ever wanted a quick reference for aging-in-place issues? Are you wondering how to incorporate some aesthetically pleasing designs into your projects? If so, the Aging-In-Place Design Checklist might be suited to your needs.

This  checklist contains features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project. It also provides a quick reference for various aging-in-place issues. While the list is not all-inclusive, it will get thinking in the right direction.


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Seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse.

The fraud research community has long suspected that losses due to elder financial abuse were worse than the $2.9 billion previously estimated.  True Link’s data science team, looking for clarity and an accurate assessment of the problem, decided to tackle this question head-on.

The results of this research, The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, reveals that seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse – more than twelve times what was previously reported. What’s more, the highest proportion of these losses—to the tune of $16.99 billion a year—comes from deceptive but technically legal tactics designed to specifically take advantage of older Americans.


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Tips to Prevent Seniors from Identity Theft

Seniors are frequently targeted by phone scammers looking to extract their personal information. Don’t respond to calls asking for your social security, Medicare, credit card numbers, general information or any other type of personal questions that will compromise your identity.


Posted by editor on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

How Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

A 91-year-old woman calls her doctor complaining that she feels dizzy. No, that's not the beginning of a joke. It's what actually happened to my mother last week when she woke up feeling "a little sick." And here's the punch line. She ends up at the ER and in the hospital overnight. But the joke's on all of us because our tax dollars fund this approach to geriatric care.

Mom did all of the right things. She had the nurse at her senior living complex check her blood pressure and pulse. The nurse thought her numbers were low and told her to call her doctor for advice. So she did. And then she waited and waited and waited…


Posted by editor on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

Boomers need eldercare road map with aging parents

Some of the most difficult conversations between a parent and child happen long after adolescent and teenage years. As parents age, a sensitive role reversal often occurs as children assume responsibility for the well-being of their elders.

This topic is often avoided until an accident strikes or a situation escalates to the point of needing emergency assistance for a parent. At that point, the child becomes the caregiver. Sometimes, it is too late to properly plan and children are left with the responsibility without having any authority to act on their loved one’s behalf. To ensure quality of care in a senior’s later years, it is important to have both an accurate understanding of legal parameters and proper foresight.


Posted by editor on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:03 | Permalink

For Many Americans, Caregiving a Long-Distance Burden

Caring for a parent or relative in the same zip code can be hard enough, but long-distance caregiving, which is becoming more common in an increasingly mobile society, brings with it added burdens.

By 2012, an estimated 14 million Americans will be long-distance caregivers, so many that some even have new names: "seagulls" and "pigeons."

These terms refer to family members who alight for short periods of time, make a mess for local caregivers and fly out. What they don't take into account are the pain, isolation and hassles that long-distance caregivers are dealing with on their own.


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