Tailored elderly exercise program leads to decreases in falls

A local research study into the benefits of tailored exercise programs for aged-care residents is confirming what most people would regard as common sense: it is far better to engage in resistance and balance training than to spend every waking hour in a chair or bed.

Yet the study by physiotherapist and PhD candidate Jennie Hewitt is the first of its kind ever undertaken in Australia or internationally, and it is showing remarkably positive results.


Posted by editor on Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:04 | Permalink

High tech tool helps people and families coping with dementia

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members.  

Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on two decades of research by Benjamin Rose, the SHARE toolkit includes an iPad app which lists tasks in a set of color-coded circular diagrams.  Under the guidance of SHARE counselors, duties can then be assigned to caregivers, whether they're family, friends or professional service providers. 


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Aging in Place

When I asked the other three members of my walking group, all of whom are in their mid to upper 70s, whether they had any concerns about future living arrangements, they each said they had none despite the fact that, like me, they live in multistory private homes without elevators and, in two cases, without bathrooms on every floor.


Posted by editor on Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:04 | Permalink

Occupational Therapy Ups Functioning in Frail Seniors

For physically frail older adults, occupational therapy is associated with improved functioning, according to a review published online April 3 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Leen De Coninck, from the KU Leuven in Belgium, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of occupational therapy for improving performance in daily living activities among community-dwelling physically frail older people. Data were included from nine studies that met the inclusion criteria.


Posted by editor on Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:04 | Permalink

Polk State College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program: Students Soar With In-Depth Knowledge in the Field

Madeline King was also honored to submit her work titled “Empowering Our Seniors Through Acts of Kindness: How To Improve Social Engagement In the Community.” She selected this topic during her psychosocial fieldwork rotation at a local senior activity center, where she noticed that many seniors felt disengaged from the community.

“I knew I wanted to create a way for seniors to gain confidence and a sense of purpose,” she said. “I recognized an opportunity to create that purpose through acts of kindness within the activity center and in the greater community.”

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the direction of occupational therapists to help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.


Posted by editor on Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:04 | Permalink

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Teams Up with the Occupational Therapy Association of California and the San Marcos Senior Center to Host a CarFit Event and Help Senior Drivers Stay Safe

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative classroom education, hosted a CarFit event, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and the San Marcos Senior Center. The event was held on Saturday, April 8 and aimed to help senior drivers find a better "fit" with their cars for comfort and safety.

CarFit, a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.


Posted by editor on Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:04 | Permalink

Growing old alone: More seniors at risk of becoming elder orphans

A growing number of seniors who outlive family, or live far from relatives, are at risk of becoming what researchers call elder orphans, people who are socially or physically isolated and do not have someone to help them manage aging.

An estimated 49 percent of people older than 65 in Chicago who owned a house were living there alone in 2015, according to census data.


Posted by editor on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:04 | Permalink

Your Neighborhood Affects How You Age

A new report lays out the current research on the ways your immediate surroundings influence your health and aging process.

The aging of America’s 76 million Baby Boomers has created a demand for research on how best to live out the golden years. Studies often center on individual behaviors, such as exercise and eating habits, as well as the genetic factors that can affect the health of those advancing in age.

A growing body of research is focusing on environmental influence. One avenue of inquiry involves how neighborhood characteristics, such as walkability, income level, and safety, can affect people’s ability to stay healthy and benefit from “aging in place”—that is, remaining in their homes and communities, as most Baby Boomers have indicated they’d like to do.


Posted by editor on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:04 | Permalink

Useless Robots, Smart Apartments: Getting Tech Right in Senior Housing

The shift from the silent generation to the baby boomers in senior housing is slowly happening, and one large distinction between the generations is that boomers want more tech.

Balancing implementation of certain technologies in communities is a challenge for some operators, Michael Skaff, chief operating officer at Masonic Homes of California, said during a panel at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit in Chicago last week.

“Technology adoption is something we’ve been struggling with,” Skaff said. “Some residents don’t even like digital signage, but others want to know how fast our WiFi is. It’s a differentiator, something that will be an expectation for people entering our community in the coming years.”

Skaff and two other senior living executives recently addressed this need to embrace tech while trying to move at the right pace of change, separating useful devices from non-useful, and considering employee needs as well.


Posted by editor on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:04 | Permalink

16 or 27 million 2016 breaches, 1 in 4 Americans? Data, IoT insecurity runs wild (US/UK)

Accenture’s report released in February calculated that 26 percent of Americans had experienced a health care-related data breach. 50 percent of those were victims of medical identity theft and had to pay out an average of $2,500 in additional cost. One-third (36 percent) believed the breach took place in hospitals, followed by urgent care and pharmacies (both 22 percent).


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