Occupational therapy for older people with disability post stroke

Research suggests that occupational therapy alone may not be effective in improving the function of care home residents who have had a stroke.

In the UK, around one in 10 people who survive a stroke cannot return home and are discharged to a care home (Royal College of Physicians, Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party, 2015). Many people who enter a care home become inactive and experience deterioration in their ability to carry out activities of daily living. Little evidence is available to support occupational therapy for people with stroke-related disabilities who live in care homes.


Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

‘Granny Cam’ Laws Target Assisted Living

A wave of new bills about camera regulations in assisted living settings is bringing privacy issues to a head as technology increasingly tracks data and monitors resident in the senior housing industry.

While five states have implemented monitoring regulations within skilled nursing settings, two other states are looking to spread these laws into assisted living and other long-term care facilities.


Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

3 key tips for anyone caring for a loved one with arthritis

Did you know that over 4.6 million Canadians are living with arthritis, and that about 3 out every 4 of them have osteoarthritis?

If you’re caring for a loved with with arthritis, here are 3 things that ease the challenge:



Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Single Women in Solitude: A Slippery Slope

Living alone can lead to poor mental health. A stronger safety net is needed.

Today’s older adults are more likely to live alone than previous generations. Millions of women 65 and over — a full 36% — live alone. The number climbs to nearly half for women 75 and over.

The reasons are varied. Women often outlive their spouses or partners, or see their children move away. Once widowed, older women are more likely to remain unmarried because men tend to marry younger women. There’s been a steep decline in elders living with adult children or other relatives. And 90% of seniors say they prefer to age in their own homes.


Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond

A recently published book, “70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade,” inspired me to take a closer look at how I’m doing as I approach 75 and how I might make the most of the years to come. It would be a good idea for women in my age cohort to do likewise. With a quarter of American women age 65 expected to live into their 90s, there could be quite a few years to think about.


Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

How a robot could help your family member with dementia and aging

Senior care is going hi-tech. With an aging population, researchers and health care providers are now looking to robots to ease the symptoms of dementia and help an aging population stay where they would like – at home.

With its big eyes and soft fur, Paro is a hit with the seniors holding it. The therapeutic robot was modeled after a Canadian harp seal pup.

Although it looks like a cuddly toy, this is a robot designed to have a calming and psychological effect on those who interact with it.


Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Police: Hidden camera video discovers case of elder abuse in Loganville

LOGANVILLE, GA (WXIA) – Police are crediting a son's hidden camera for exposing a case of elder abuse at his mother's personal care home in Loganville.

The victim's son hid a camera in her room.  She had complained she was being abused.

Police said the video the son obtained was difficult even for them to watch.

The woman lives at Personal Touch personal care home in Loganville, with four other residents.  She is 69 years old.  She is in a wheelchair.  Police say she was unable to defend herself from the aggressive treatment of her personal care worker.


Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Seniors Not as Tech-Savvy as Providers May Think

As senior living providers become more tech-enabled, it’s critical to understand what seniors think about emerging technology and how they use health and wellness capabilities from devices. From wearable monitors that track activity to sensors in assisted living rooms that can alert staff to movement, health and wellness technology is complementing the senior living industry.

But are older adults into the trend?

Not really, according to a recent technology report by Link-age Connect, a research and consultancy firm that conducts market research on the aging population 65+, and Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research business that focuses on technologies and services that enable seniors and baby boomers to remain longer in their homes.

Compared to just a few years ago, older adults are more connected. Most seniors in the survey were online and had access to the Internet, compared to 33% in 2011.


Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Think before you click - beware of phishing

Scams are something we all need to be aware of, both online and offline. And while scams may take many forms, they are all alike in their aim – to steal or cheat you out of money or information. A few common sense steps will make you very difficult to scam!

A common type of scam is known as phishing. Phishing is a fake or deceiving electronic message, such as an email or a text, that tries to elicit a response from you, such as revealing your personal or financial information to a scammer.

There are some common features in phishing emails that can make them easier to recognise. Some are more sophisticated than others, but in most cases the language is poor; they’re full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes; the logos or the branding that is supposed to represent the company they are sent from is wrong; and they often contain a too-good-to-be-true offer to entice you into opening them, for example: ‘click here to claim your refund’. In some cases, they also have a sense of urgency like ‘traffic infringement’ or ‘bill to pay’.

These emails are designed to trick consumers into clicking on embedded links, so that they disclose their personal details, like their name, address and banking details. These details are then captured and can be used illegally.

Sometimes, these links and attachments could be infected with malicious software (known as ‘malware’) which, when clicked, starts to infect your device and possibly give other people access to your information.

It pays to be a little suspicious. Think before you click and don’t become the next phishing victim.


Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Carnegie Mellon University Survey: 81% of Americans are seeking technology solutions to combat their worry about falls among elderly adults.

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering conducted a survey on falls among the elderly, and discovered that Americans are very worried about their elderly parent falling—and that this worry leads to action. Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. It’s understandable, considering these statistics, why the College of Engineering survey found that 54% of 1,900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81% of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls.


Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink