Repeal of Health Law Faces a New Hurdle: Older Americans

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act have encountered a new obstacle: adamant opposition from many older Americans whose health insurance premiums would increase.

AARP and its allies are bombarding congressional offices with objections as two House committees plan to vote on the Republicans’ bill this week.

If the law is repealed, the groups say, people in their 50s and 60s could see premiums rise by $2,000 to $3,000 a year or more: increases of 20 percent to 25 percent or higher.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

Medicine for older people is the same for anyone else: treat the person, not just the body

In the 16th century, French philosopher Rene Descartes moved the body from the sacred to the profane by separating it from the mind. The body thus became a proper object of study by the emerging natural sciences. From anatomy flowed physiology and the birth of what we know as modern medicine. The model of the body as a machine which can be broken and therefore fixed has had great success, unimaginable only 100 years ago.

The problems with this model seem well understood, and are best explained in a landmark paper on suffering in medicine written 30 years ago. It points out bodies cannot suffer, only persons. A model with the body at the centre, focusing on the disease and how to get rid of it, fails to respond to the suffering of the person. Modern clinicians in this model do not see suffering as it is. We are merely the mechanics that fix the broken machine that is your body.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

The 21st Century Senior Living Community: Residents Speak, Tech Delivers

The 21st Century Senior Living Community is a series brought to you by CDW, a provider of technology solutions and services focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. The series takes a clear-eyed look at how leading providers and their partners are creating the next generation of senior living communities by raising the bar on services, design, and technology.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

How a new program could stop people going into aged care too early

Often a fall or a hospital stay can be the time when family have the discussion about putting an older relative in aged care.

The government has announced funding for a new aged care program, aimed at stopping older people who have been injured or sick from entering aged care prematurely.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Eldercare at Home: Vision Problems

Growing older does not always lead to poor vision. However, age can bring about changes that might affect the eyes and vision. For example, some typical vision problems affecting older people include difficulty seeing well in dim light and/or difficulty seeing when going from bright light to dark and vice-versa. Some older adults become more sensitive to glare and bright lights. They also can have difficulty distinguishing colors, seeing close objects or reading small print. Many things can be done to help with these vision problems. Using reading glasses or bifocals, a magnifying glass, and better lighting can be very helpful, and holding reading material where the bifocal lens focuses on the page is extremely important.

More serious eye conditions or diseases may be treated with eye drops or medicines, while some of the most serious problems require surgery. A good preventive measure is a yearly checkup by an eye doctor (description follows) to determine if a vision problem is correctable by prescription glasses, or if the problem needs further workup.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Aged Care Market Research Report by Regional Analysis : forecast 2023

Most of us want to remain independent and stay in control, but due to growing age our ability starts to decline. Hence, the concept of aged care is introduced, for an easy and better living with proper nursing facility for the higher age group. It is also known as elderly care or eldercare. It emphasizes on the personal and social needs of senior citizens as they need some assistance in their daily activities and medical support who desire to age gracefully. A special act has been taken by the Australian Government for senior citizens known as The Aged Care Act 1997 for people who are unable to live independently of their own.

Posted by editor on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Students retire to new homes, live among senior citizens

GRAND RAPIDS - Three Western Michigan University graduate students moved into their on-campus apartments at the beginning of the fall semester.

The campus on which they are living, though, is not Western Michigan’s. And their neighbors are not college students — at least they have not been for a long time.

Colett Chapp, Corey Youngs and Lori Johnson are about a third of the way through the 19 months they will spend alongside 80 senior citizens in a Grand Rapids retirement community as part of what is believed to be one of the first such research projects of its kind in the U.S.

Posted by editor on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Senior living partners rolling out home care non-profit

A trio of senior care providers have formed a joint venture to provide home care to seniors throughout West Michigan.

Holland Home, Resthaven and Clark said today they’re partnering to launch Atrio Home Care.

Terms of the venture were not disclosed.

Based in Grand Rapids and Holland, Atrio expects to serve more than 3,000 seniors and their families in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Ionia and Montcalm counties in the coming year.

The new nonprofit will employ 225 nurses, therapists, aides and other clinicians to deliver a broad range of skilled and private duty services. The organization expects to add positions in both Grand Rapids and Holland.

Posted by editor on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Considering home care as an alternative to aged care

As more of us want to live in homes for longer, there are more people turning to alternatives to liviMore of us are looking for alternatives that will allow us to live in our homes well into our later years instead of moving into an aged care facility.

One of those alternatives which is becoming popular is home care, and with a change of rules set to give you more control over your care, it’s set to become even more popular.

Under the current home care system, the government assigns you to a home care provider.

But on February 27, the system is set to change.

The changes will allow you to choose your own qualified home care provider or you can choose your own qualified home carer directly.

You might be wondering what home care is?

Posted by editor on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Hospitals forging patient experience of the future with voice AI technologies

Commonwealth Care Alliance and Penn Medicine are already putting Amazon Alexa to work in early-stage projects that promise to reshape the patient experience.

Artificial intelligence voice technologies are on the verge of changing — not to be overzealous here — but just about everything.

We’ve all witnessed how the smartphone has had an impact on society and, similarly, voice technologies are poised to effectively and strategically enchant the human psyche to accept them as humanlike companions.

And healthcare is ripe for artificial intelligence — perhaps even more than other industries when it comes to voice-interaction AI — because of the potential for improving care delivery, optimizing processes and improving the patient experience.

“We’re on the cusp of voice systems and voice learning tools that can tailor individualized care,” said John Loughnane, MD, chief of clinical innovation at Commonwealth Care Alliance.

Posted by editor on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink