Mental health issues a concern for seniors too

Seniors are not immune from mental health issues. The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s website states that, “More than 1.8 million people over 60 years of age were living with a mental health problem or illness in Canada in 2016. As people live longer, our approach to mental health must account for the changing needs and increasing numbers of older adults living with mental health problems and illnesses.”

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

Age + Technology = Road Blocks For Older Drivers: Addressed At EMU Aging Studies Program Event

Anne Dickerson is a professor and director of research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at East Carolina University and spoke about the safety and planning necessary for older and aging drivers at Eastern Michigan University.

She talked with 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about how we can keep older adults on the road as long as possible and how to keep them safe.

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

Omaha-Based Heritage Communities Launches New Home Health Service Line

Heritage Communities of Omaha, NE announces the development of their new service line: Heritage OnCare Home Health. Heritage Communities owns and operates 12 senior living communities throughout Nebraska, Iowa and Arizona, including two additional locations under development. Heritage OnCare will offer medicare certified services under the home health umbrella including assistance with activities of daily living, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

SilverSneakers Celebrates 25 Years of Revolutionizing Older Adult Fitness with National SilverSneakers Week, Oct. 23-27, 2017

SilverSneakers®, the nation's leading community fitness program for older adults, by Tivity Health (NASDAQ:TVTY) announced today the launch of National SilverSneakers Week - a celebration of 25 years of improving the physical, social and mental health of millions of older Americans.

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

What Are Adult Day Centers -- Besides The Basis For Political Insults?

Adult day centers seem to have made it into the political debate in Washington, though not in a good way. In his nasty weekend back-and-forth with President Trump, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) suggested the White House has become an “adult care center” and wondered if the staff had “missed a shift” when Trump launched his Sunday Twitter storm. Yesterday, Rep Diane Black (R-TN)—who wants to run for governor—replied that the Senate “is an adult day care center” that can't get anything done.

Leaving aside this mature level of political discourse, the name-calling does raise an important question: What are adult day centers and how do they work?

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

Gadgets geared at aging population on display at Winnipeg tech conference

Smart wheelchairs, homes that track heartbeats and virtual gyms—the brains behind these new gadgets aimed to help an aging population are coming to Winnipeg.

The city is hosting Age-Well 2017 an annual conference bringing together researchers from across the country, industry, non-profit and government sectors and the public to focus on technological solutions to support an aging population.

“People are going to see a range right from research that’s starting out, to technology that’s about to hit the marketplace,” said Dr. Alex Mihailidis, scientific director at Age-Well and biomedical engineer developing smart-home systems.

Posted by editor on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 | Permalink

Gov. Wolf to veto controversial Medicaid work requirement bill

Gov. Tom Wolf will veto a budget-related bill passed by the Republican-controlled state House and Senate that would have required the administration to include a work-search requirement in the Medicaid program and could have limited certain Medicaid benefits.

Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, had said for months that he was opposed to the changes, but it wasn't clear if he might go along with them as part of a larger budget agreement with the Legislature, or because they were included in a large omnibus bill with other human services provisions.

Posted by editor on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:10 | Permalink

The Importance of Rehab

Undergoing surgery after an injury, accident or illness can be a scary and emotional process for all involved. As a result, there may be a rush for the patient to return home and resume normal activities as soon as possible. However, this can prove detrimental since the key to a safe and healthy recovery is committing to rehab post-surgery. This is especially true for seniors, who often require more time to recover.

Taking time to rehab ensures a full recovery and drastically reduces the risk of reinjures. Thankfully, most seniors have a wealth of rehab options available to them, and generally rehab is covered by insurance or Medicare.

Posted by editor on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:10 | Permalink

USPSTF drafts new recommendations for senior fall prevention

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its draft recommendations for fall prevention in those age 65 or older, and some of its findings may shake up senior care protocols. Falls are the leading cause of injury in people age 65 or older, and about one-third of older adults residing in senior care communities will fall at least once each year.

Posted by editor on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:10 | Permalink

Innovations in Aging in Place Tech for Seniors & Their Family Caregivers

As the number of older Americans increases in what has been called the “silver tsunami” and the number of people who are caring for them decreases, the role of technology to help fill the void is anticipated to grow.

By 2020, baby boomers will all be seniors, as part of the estimated 20% of the US population will be over 65.

Technology continues to improve how we all, especially senior loved ones, can interact in our environment. Technology, despite the obvious limitations of cost, accessibility, user knowledge, and security, can help seniors live independently more safely with an improved quality of life.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink