Silver Linings: Remote rehab -- Telehealth helps seniors recover in rural areas

He ended up at a New York City hospital and then sent home. The next day he was back at the emergency room with limited feeling in his legs and with no real answers as to why. A month later, the 86-year-old is rock climbing, playing soccer, and skiing - all without leaving the rehabilitation center where he is recovering.Brown is part of a program at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan's Upper West Side using a videogame console-like system outfitted with a Microsoft Kinect camera that monitors 25 points on his body. It tracks his movements and relays the data back to his health care team who can remotely watch his progress and adjust his program as necessary. "I love it because it's interactive. It's like a game, but it's helping me get well," Brown said.

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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.

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How to create a safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ home

My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas?

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The Future of Aging

Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future. You’re in your late 40s, and it’s time for a special doctor’s visit. The physician reviews your lifestyle, sleep habits and health history and orders some blood work to compare certain biomarkers with baseline measures taken when you were in your 20s. Then she gives you a personalized prescription for change that includes a diet that mimics the effects of fasting and a drug that helps your cells clear out malfunctioning proteins. The goal? To make you age more slowly and lengthen your “healthspan.”

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Superaging: why some 80 year olds have the memory capacity of 20 year olds

If you're unfamiliar with the term "superaging," you are likely to begin hearing more about it in the coming years as scientists and researchers delve into the phenomenon.

For most of us, living our twilight years will be characterized by gray hair, wrinkles, and declining memories, the latter even if dementia or Alzheimer's disease don't bring it on faster. However, researchers have discovered there are a select few aged individuals whose memories appear to remain as solid and reliable as people decades younger, Bennett A. McIntosh writes on Medium. Scientists are calling them superagers.

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Homeowners Get Ready to ‘Age in Place’

Baby boomers spend on improvements that will allow them to stay in their houses longer

Bill and Betsy Owens recall the growing concerns they had about their house—built in 1876—in Powell, Ohio. They loved the 12-foot ceilings, the circular stairway and the formal parlor. But when the couple thought about the future, the home’s steep steps and narrow doorways meant “it wasn’t very livable,” says Mr. Owens, age 57.

So, three years ago, the Owens built an addition. Now there are no steps from the driveway into their new kitchen and great room. A control pad with smart technology turns lights on and off, and three-foot-wide doorways offer easy access for a grandchild in a stroller or, if the Owens should need it, a walker or wheelchair.

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Feeling weak, tired or down aren’t normal parts of getting older

When Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain.

“I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.”

This fatalistic stance relies on widely held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes normal aging.

In fact, fatigue, weakness and depression aren’t to-be-expected consequences of growing older, said Callahan, director of the Center for Aging Research at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.

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Resolve to reflect on driving skills in the new year

METRO DETROIT — The upcoming new year is a time for reflection, and auto safety experts are asking older drivers to honestly evaluate their driving skills for the sake of everyone on the road.

AAA recognized Dec. 5-9 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, a campaign by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The auto agency recommended the timing of holiday family gatherings as a time to re-evaluate older drivers’ health and skills behind the wheel. According to AAA, the aging process and its resulting medical problems may contribute to making driving a riskier activity.

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Burke's Driver Evaluation Program Keeps Roads Safe For Seniors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Suggesting a loved one should no longer drive due to old age or a medical condition is a difficult conversation to have. However, thanks to the Driver Evaluation Program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, seniors and patients are able to maintain their independence and stay safe on the road.

The unique evaluation program is the only one of its kind in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties. "It’s a clinical assessment where we look at somebody’s foundational skills to see if they're able to drive safely, whether they're recovering from a neurological injury or simply an older driver," said Andrea Sullivan, supervisor of Occupational Therapy Out-Patient Services at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Will We Soon See Workplaces With On-Site Elder Care?

Your boss asks you to work late to finish a project. In years past, this wasn’t a problem — you stayed to help out. But now your 84-year-old father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, has moved in with you. He needs help preparing dinner and managing his medications. He’s not safe on his own. What do you do?

It’s a hypothetical question recently posed by Kathy Kelly of the Family Caregiver Alliance to illustrate the challenges facing caregivers. Now a CEO of a major corporation has proposed an innovative real-life solution.

Take Your Parent to Work Day?

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