At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence

What she mourns most, says Solange DeLaPaz, are the mundane pleasures and rituals of her once-active life. A weekly manicure at the corner nail salon. Saturday excursions to Macy’s shoe department.

I miss going to Sunday brunch on Second Avenue with my friends,” she said. “I miss going to church.”

Though only 67, Ms. DeLaPaz retired early with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and now struggles to leave her Manhattan apartment. She needs constant oxygen, and carrying even a portable oxygen unit troubles her breathing.


Posted by editor on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:11 | Permalink

How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

As America’s population ages, more families will be faced with rising health care needs. As we reported in November, nearly 79 percent of adults who need long-term care live at home or in community settings, not in an institution. And in January, Medicare started paying primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don’t have a face-to-face exam. The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.

So how does coordinated caregiving work? Meet three older Americans with chronic illnesses who are benefitting from coordinated caregivers in their homes.


Posted by editor on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:11 | Permalink

FDA approves booster-enhanced flu vaccine for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) " Federal health officials have approved a first-of-a-kind flu vaccine that contains a booster to help protect seniors vulnerable to the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration says Fluad is the first seasonal vaccine that contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the body's immune response. The agency approved the vaccine late Tuesday to prevent seasonal flu in people 65 and older.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:11 | Permalink

The Fragile Patchwork of Care for New York’s Oldest Old

John Sorensen stood in the entryway of his Upper West Side apartment with a fresh bruise spreading over his upper arm and a blood-smeared bandage around one shin.

Mr. Sorensen, 91, had fallen in his kitchen — he said he did not recall how — and was still unsteady on his feet.

“It’s been a very bad day for me,” he said, his voice quavering just above a whisper. “I could’ve fallen 20 or 30 times today but I caught myself.”


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:11 | Permalink

Survey: Nearly half of all nurses would choose a different career if they could ‘do it all over’

A new survey of more than 8,000 nurses nationwide shows that nearly half of them would choose a different career if they could start all over again.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink

U.S. startups aim to help seniors 'age in place'

Shari Cayle, 75, called "Miracle Mama" by her family ever since she beat back advanced colon cancer seven years ago, is still undergoing treatment and living alone.

"I don’t want my grandchildren to remember me as the sick one, I want to be the fun one," said Cayle, who is testing a device that passively monitors her activity. "My family knows what I’m doing and I don’t think they should have to change their life around to make sure I’m OK."

Onkol, a product inspired by Cayle that monitors her front door, reminds her to when to take her medication and can alert her family if she falls has allowed her to remain independent at home. Devised by her son Marc, it will hit the U.S. market next year.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink

Four Unexpected Ways You'll Save by Moving into a Senior Living Community

As aging adults move into their golden years, having a comfortable and safe home where they can be active, social, healthy, and enjoy life becomes more and more important. And a great deal of these factors depend on where a senior lives. When choosing whether to move into a senior living community or age in place, many choose the latter.

It should not surprise you that 75 percent of older adults plan to live in their current homes for the rest of their lives, according to the 2015 United States of Aging Survey, a joint project of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and UnitedHealthCare. But is that the smartest move for everyone?


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink

What Technology Will Make It In Senior Living – Without the Google Glass Fizzle?

Back in September Troy Griffiths, CEO of Vigil Health Solutions, a Senior Housing Forum partner, and Jerry Billman, Executive Director of the Chapel Grove Inn in Heath, Ohio, about 25 miles northeast of Columbus, participated on a panel at an Ohio LeadingAge Conference. Steve Moran, Senior Housing Forum Publisher, facilitated the discussion.

The session was titled “Google Glass, iWatches and Wireless Sensors for Caregivers and Senior Living Communities” and focused on the use and impact of technology in the senior living space.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink

Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds

Three diseases, leading killers of Americans, often involve long periods of decline before death. Two of them — heart disease and cancer — usually require expensive drugs, surgeries and hospitalizations. The third, dementia, has no effective treatments to slow its course.

So when a group of researchers asked which of these diseases involved the greatest health care costs in the last five years of life, the answer they found might seem surprising. The most expensive, by far, was dementia.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink

GreatCall and Other Mobile Medical Alerts Promise Help When You're Out or at Home

Traditional medical alert systems can get help when you have an accident at home. But now you can also buy mobile devices, including GreatCall Splash and Mobile Help Solo, that promise to connect you with a rescue team for medical emergencies that happen when you’re out and about.

They do that in two ways. First, mobile medical alerts link you to an emergency call center with the push of a button. Second, if you’re unable to talk or you’re lost, the devices use GPS (Global Positioning System) to find you.


Posted by editor on Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:11 | Permalink