What The Future Of Caregiving Looks Like

Expect a caregiving environment rich in technology in the not-so-distant future. But along with that, there’ll be an emphasis on human connection to counter the devastating health effects of social isolation on older people.

Demographically, we’ll be facing hard realities in the next five to 10 years, says Ken Dychtwald, founder and CEO of the research and consulting firm AgeWave, and a 2016 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging.

“There’ll be a handful of profound demographic shifts” — among them, a boomer generation with fewer children than their parents — “that will alter our capacity for caregiving,” Dychtwald says. “That will create great need and demand for alternate solutions.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/05/30/what-the-future-of-caregiving-looks-like/#5431f518398f

Posted by editor on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink

Senate Aging Committee Examines the Mental and Physical Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, held a hearing today titled, “Aging Without Community: the Consequences of Isolation and Loneliness.”

“The consequences of isolation and loneliness are severe: negative health outcomes, higher health care costs, and even death. The root problem is one that we can solve by helping seniors keep connected with communities,” said Senator Collins. “Just as we did when we made a national commitment to cut smoking rates in this country, we should explore approaches to reducing isolation and loneliness. Each has a real impact on the health and well-being of our seniors.”

“Older Americans are vital to the prosperity and well-being of our nation,” Senator Casey said. “Our work on the Aging Committee to ensure that we all remain connected to community as we age is important to maintaining that vitality. It is for that reason that we, as a federal government, need to sustain and improve our investments in programs that help seniors stay connected -- from Meals on Wheels to rural broadband to transportation services.”

https://www.aging.senate.gov/press-releases/senate-aging-committee-examines-the-mental-and-physical-effects-of-social-isolation-and-loneliness

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 May 2017 11:05 | Permalink

How Much Financial Knowledge Do People Acquire as They Age? Not Much.

People often argue that financial knowledge can be acquired with experience. But if the evidence from a new survey index is any indication, that way of learning may, in fact, be very slow or not work well at all.

The TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index, or P-Fin Index for short, provides a snapshot of Americans’ understanding of basic financial concepts. And the results don’t look too promising.

https://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2017/05/11/how-much-financial-knowledge-do-people-acquire-as-they-age-not-much/

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 May 2017 11:05 | Permalink

Like Hunger Or Thirst, Loneliness In Seniors Can Be Eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case.

In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

Only 30 percent of older adults feel lonely fairly frequently, according to data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, the most definitive study of seniors’ social circumstances and their health in the U.S.

http://khn.org/news/like-hunger-or-thirst-loneliness-in-seniors-can-be-eased/

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 May 2017 11:05 | Permalink

How To Create A Safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ Home

Home Evaluation

A good first step in making your home more age-friendly is to do an assessment. Go through your house, room-by-room, looking for problem areas like potential tripping or slipping hazards, as well as areas that are hard to access and difficult to maintain. To help with this, there are several organizations that have aging-in-place checklists that point out potential problems in each area of the home, along with modification and solutions.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-create-a-safe-aging-in-place-home_us_5857def5e4b0630a2542346f

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 May 2017 11:05 | Permalink

Navigating the complexities of home care

The home care system can be complex to navigate, but there are plenty of resources to help educate you.

Whether it’s connecting with a provider or getting together everything you need to access care, working your way through the home care system can be complex.

While the changes that came into effect in late February have given consumers more control and choice with their home care, aged care expert Dr Peter Hanley said the home care system can still be quite complicated for many people.

“The whole movement towards giving people more choice and control is a positive direction – but it actually makes an already challenging and daunting task more difficult for some,” he said.

“There are more options to consider, more organisations marketing to them … it can be very hard to make the right choice.”

To make it easier, Dr Hanley has pinpointed four key questions you need to think about….

https://startsat60.com/property/navigating-the-complexities-of-home-care

Posted by editor on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05 | Permalink

CarFit events help senior drivers find the best fit

If you buy a new suit, you would probably have a tailor custom fit it to your body. If you're a golfer, a lot of instructors advise that you get clubs that fit your physique and swing.

It stands to reason, then, that you should have the right fit behind the wheel of your car. After all, driving isn't just about appearances or comfort, it's also about safety.

That is why a national organization called CarFit offers free events aimed at helping older drivers find a better driving position, position mirrors properly and make other adjustments to be more comfortable and safer behind the wheel.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/

Posted by editor on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05 | Permalink

AAA and ECC partner to host CarFit event for seniors

As our loved ones age, car safety is that much more important. Experts at AAA say one way to help seniors stay safe on the roads is performing CarFit Safety checks routinely.

AAA partnered with ECC Occupational Therapy students to host a CarFit event on Tuesday. Experts taught seniors how to readjust their cars, making simple changes that not only increase their safety inside vehicles, but decrease potential dangers as well behind the wheel as well.

http://www.wkbw.com/news/aaa-and-ecc-partner-to-host-carfit-event-for-seniors

Posted by editor on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05 | Permalink

Senate Aging Committee Examines the Mental and Physical Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, held a hearing today titled, “Aging Without Community: the Consequences of Isolation and Loneliness.”

“The consequences of isolation and loneliness are severe: negative health outcomes, higher health care costs, and even death. The root problem is one that we can solve by helping seniors keep connected with communities,” said Senator Collins. “Just as we did when we made a national commitment to cut smoking rates in this country, we should explore approaches to reducing isolation and loneliness. Each has a real impact on the health and well-being of our seniors.”

“Older Americans are vital to the prosperity and well-being of our nation,” Senator Casey said. “Our work on the Aging Committee to ensure that we all remain connected to community as we age is important to maintaining that vitality. It is for that reason that we, as a federal government, need to sustain and improve our investments in programs that help seniors stay connected -- from Meals on Wheels to rural broadband to transportation services.”

https://www.aging.senate.gov/press-releases/senate-aging-committee-examines-the-mental-and-physical-effects-of-social-isolation-and-loneliness

Posted by editor on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05 | Permalink

The disabled and the elderly are facing a big problem: Not enough aides

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.

In Wisconsin, nursing homes have denied admission to thousands of patients over the past year because they lack essential staff, according to associations of facilities that provide long-term care.

In New York, patients in rural areas have been injured, soiled themselves and gone without meals because paid caregivers aren’t available, according to testimony provided to state legislators in February.

In Illinois, the independence of people with severe developmental disabilities is being compromised as agencies experience severe staff shortages, according to a court monitor overseeing a federal consent decree.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-disabled-and-the-elderly-are-facing-a-big-problem-not-enough-aides/2017/04/21/5846f576-237f-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.8db9bfc30157

Posted by editor on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05 | Permalink

 
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