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.

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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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Why Long-Term Care Needs Tech Innovation, Too

By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 or older; but is technology in the long-term care industry keeping pace with growing demand?

While discussions about technology’s role in the long-term and post-acute care space are gaining momentum, many organizations providing that care admit that they’re not prepared to use innovative tools as part of a value-based strategy, according to a report published last fall by Black Book Research.

Just 3 percent of inpatient long-term care providers surveyed say they deploy data analytics technology with a goal of cutting unnecessary hospital readmissions and lowering care costs.

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Smart home event demonstrates next-gen technology to help seniors age in place

Move over, millennials, and let your grandparents show you what smart homes are all about.

Older adults are now using the latest in next-gen technology to vacuum their homes, generate shopping lists based on items in their trash cans or take virtual vacations to their favorite destinations.

These and other digital devices were featured at the “Connected Independence” Senior Smart Home event in Lake Forest on Thursday, April 19. Sponsored by Cox Communications in partnership with businesses and senior living experts, the event showcased the latest in digital living that provides seniors with the ability to age in place safely and independently in their own homes.

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How to Be a Caregiver While Caring for Your Own Career

By the time most academics find a tenure-track job (if we find one), we are in our early 30s. As luck would have it, that’s also the age when many of us start dealing with aging or infirm parents and other elderly relatives. The timing couldn’t be worse, coming just as our careers are getting started.

Of course a health emergency can strike a relative at any age, and the larger problem for many academics is that we are often the go-to family member in a medical crisis. After all, we’re the ones with the "flexible" schedule, right? We come and go as we please, and our time is our own?

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Finding the right in-home service for you

According to the Institute on Aging, almost 12 million older adults in the U.S. live alone, and most want to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Support of friends, family and community services can help individuals remain safely in their homes, but it can often be difficult to know what services are needed and how to find them. In-home services aim to make it possible for individuals to remain safely in their home after an illness or injury, or when it becomes more difficult to manage day to day activities.

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