Georgia programs help senior drivers stay safe on the road

Not every senior wants to trade in his or her vehicle for the popular GoGo Grandparent or other ride-sharing services, which is why Georgia has a couple of programs to help older drivers remain safe when traveling.

CarFit is a free educational program and safety check to help seniors feel comfortable in their cars, and Yellow Dot is a new program that helps first responders act quickly when seniors have an accident or roadside emergency.

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When Traveling Abroad, Don't Forget to Pack the Needed Tech Gadgets

With a last-minute invitation to Budapest, Hungary, in June to meet with the founders of a tech start-up, I had less than two weeks to prepare for the trip. And just after getting my tickets booked for the flight, I quickly realized I needed to investigate which tech gadgets I would need to take to plug in and recharge my devices on the trip, as well as figure out if I could use my U.S.-based smartphone while traveling.

Ah, the joys of international travel. If you are contemplating a similar journey abroad, here's what you need to know to make it trouble-free….

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Tighter Medicaid budgets threaten home care

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits lsuch as home services would probably be first to go if states face budget troubles, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) warned in an analysis in May.

Children with special health needs, older adults and people with disabilities greatly value home- and community-based assistance, said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Aging.

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Looking at nursing homes for a loved one? Here’s where to start

Everyone hopes to reach a ripe old age while still living independently in their own home.

But as we age, our care needs can become too great for ourselves and our family members to meet, and even beyond those available from home care service providers.

If this situation applies to you or beloved relatives such as your parents, you may be wondering where to start on the search for a residential care solution.

The first step is to request an Aged Care Assessment Test (ACAT). This free government-funded test assesses a person’s basic needs and determines which services they are eligible for.

If a nursing home is required, the experience of discussing the issue and then choosing the right home will likely be stressful for everyone involved. However, the process can be simplified with the help of an experienced aged care placement consultant.

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How home care communities combine independence and support

What if your mum or dad could retain the independence of living in their own home, enjoy the support of close-knit community and still have home-help on call at any time of the day or night if they need it?

And what if, should their health later deteriorate, they could obtain higher-level care without the stress of selling up and moving into a nursing home?

It sounds too good to be true, but a new style of aged care is gaining ground in Australia, fuelled by a shake-up in the funding of home care, and recognition of the fact that Aussies are living longer than ever before, which means that their residential requirements could change many times after retirement.

Home care communities aim to be a ‘one-stop shop’ bringing together the independent living of a traditional retirement village, the day-to-day services available from a home care agency and the more intensive health support of a nursing home.

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Ageing In The City: Creativity And Technology To The Rescue

Imagine buying your dream house in the city. Over time, it transforms from a house to a home, one where you build a lifetime’s worth of memories. It’s close to the shops, to the subway station, to the community centre, and the neighbours become more like family than friends. But then it gets harder to get around. Going up and down the stairs every day is a challenge. The subway isn’t easy to navigate anymore, and the city you’ve called home for decades is suddenly not as comfortable as it once was.

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Woods Family Foundation Issues Challenge Grant for New Wisdom Center

The Santa Maria Wisdom Center received a $25,000 challenge grant from the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation, said Linda Gadbois, the center’s program director.

The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations from supporters raised from now until Oct. 31.

Life Steps Foundation’s Santa Maria Wisdom Center recently kicked off its $1.7 million capital campaign Step Up for Seniors to raise funds for construction of the new Santa Maria Wisdom Center.

The new facility, at 2255 S. Depot St., will be a 9,500-square-foot adult day health care center serving the frail elderly and adults with disabilities.

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Era of aging baby boomers to ignite explosion in jobs in health care, housing for seniors

GRAND FORKS — In the coming decades, as the "huge wave" of baby boomers starts to reach their 70s, 80s and older, jobs in health care and senior housing will explode, said Phil Gisi, president and CEO of Grand Forks-based Edgewood Management Group.

But young people may not be fully aware of the "great opportunities" that await them in this sector of the job market, said Gisi, whose company owns and operates senior living facilities across the Upper Midwest.

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New research shows that robotic animals could be the way to go in dementia care

Published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), the study follows on previous research by Professor Wendy Moyle and her team at Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland which showed that the introduction of a robotic seal called ‘Paro’ could bring positive benefits for people with dementia, including reduced anxiety and decreased tendency to wander.

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Demand for Home Care Providers Will Continue Climbing

According to Forbes and AARP, there are an estimated 44 million family caregivers in the United States right now. That number will likely increase as more seniors reach retirement age and prefer to remain at home, even if they have trouble with mobility or various health issues. Home care support is a major component in keeping these men and women safe, healthy, and active, but for so many of these family members, they rarely think about the consequences (or repercussions) of their efforts.

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