No place to call home: for middle-class seniors aging in place, a dilemma

ITHACA, N.Y.—Forty-two years ago, David and Joan Brumberg traveled to Ithaca from their home in Geneva to have dinner at Moosewood Restaurant for the first time.

Joan, who had visited Ithaca several times before, loved the city. She thought that Ithaca was “more liberal and more sophisticated, with better restaurants” than Geneva. “It wasn’t like it is now,” Joan said, “but it was just culturally richer.”

On the ride home after dinner, Joan turned to David. “I want to move to Ithaca,” Joan told him. Two years later, in 1977, they moved into a home in the Belle Sherman neighborhood, where they raised their son.

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

Hidden carers: the sixty-somethings looking after parents and grandchildren

Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail.

“This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley said. “I thought I’d be slowing down now and shedding my responsibilities, but I’m going to be juggling work and caring for many years to come – with the caring lasting well past retirement age.”

Beverley is part of the sandwich generation – people who care for ageing parents while supporting their children. When the term was coined, it generally referred to people in their 30s and 40s. Now the sandwich generation has grown older and deeper. People in their 50s, 60s and 70s are caring for their elderly parents, needy adult children and lively grandchildren. The sandwich has become a triple.

Posted by editor on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02 | Permalink

How the Healthcare System Brought This Expert to Her Knees

Two weeks ago today my dad called and said his buddy, Roger, up here in Minneapolis was just diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, was in the hospital and my dad asked me if I could help. Roger has no living family and very few (if any true) friends other than my parents. Unfortunately for Roger, my parents left Minneapolis for Phoenix at the end of November and at that time Roger was fine, he said he had been feeling great. After a sudden incident a couple of weeks ago, he found himself half-conscious on the floor in his condo. Medics broke his door down and he was admitted to a local hospital. Roger met the definition of a vulnerable adult – he had no one to fend for him and he was unable to communicate well for the first week in the hospital.

Posted by editor on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02 | Permalink

90-year-old Napa ombudsman watches over her peers in care homes

To be one of them is to know them – and a longtime monitor of Napa County’s nursing and senior-care homes is helping to look after men and women her own age.

Less than two weeks from her 91st birthday, Vera Fields has lived through a career in nursing that has put her in charge of everything from industrial nursing to a hospital surgery unit to the care of patients in their own homes. But her current role, the one she has fulfilled for 16 years, may touch more people than the others: as a member of the county’s ombudsman office looking after elderly Napans housed in long-term care centers in the valley.

Posted by editor on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02 | Permalink

How aged care facilities are fighting back against depression

Mental health is becoming a real talking point about aged care, and here's how one facility is addressing the issue.

BallyCara is using activities such as art therapy to combat depression amongst residents.

In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about mental health in aged care facilities.

As you might have read, the Council on the Ageing is lobbying the Federal Government to change a Medicare rule which doesn’t recognise aged care residents as patients in the community.

The rule prevents a lot of older Australians from being able to access mental health treatments for conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Posted by editor on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02 | Permalink

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.

Many retirees, like you and your husband, want to stay living in their own house for as long as possible. But being able to do so will depend on how easy it is to maneuver your home as you get older. Here are some helpful resources you can turn to, to get an idea of the different types of features and improvements you can make that will make your house safer and more convenient as you grow older.

Posted by editor on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Older age means new workout regimens for locals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says older adults should spend five hours each week on moderate aerobic exercises, such as walking fast or water aerobics. The organization also recommends two or more days each week of muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights or resistance bands.

Posted by editor on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Get NDIS ready with assistance from CareWest

RSVPs have been extended for the upcoming Parkes CareWest National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information session.

Those living with a disability - as well as their families and carers – in the midst of pre-planning their NDIS transition have the opportunity to gain a stronger understanding of the process, what’s to gain and how best to tailor services to their needs.

Not-for-profit disability service provider CareWest is hosting a series of information sessions in the Central West where people with a disability, their families and carers can get a greater understanding about what NDIS means for them and the important people in their lives.

Posted by editor on Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:02 | Permalink

Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world due to long life expectancy and low birth rates.

In 2015, an article in The Lancet medical journal pointed out that “Japan will be at the forefront of devising ways to tackle the social, economic, and medical challenges posed by a super-ageing society.”

A high-tech innovator, the country is producing robots for people with dementia – to provide companionship, improve safety in the home, and help with therapy. Other countries are jumping on board with initiatives to incorporate service robots into dementia care.

But we must make sure that people, especially those living with dementia, are firmly at the centre of research and development. Technology, after all, should be for and by people, not something imposed on them.

Posted by editor on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:02 | Permalink

Academics turn to robots to solve aged care dilemma

Many of us remember being enthralled as kids by the future of robots. Remember the Jetsons with their robotic maid?

But how many of us actually thought we’d ever end up with a robotic helper of our own?

It could be a reality sooner than we think, but instead of helping us around the home, robots could find their home in a much more socially responsible role.

We’ve all heard about fears of a future shortage of aged care workers and a big increase in demand for aged care facilities and services, and now academics think they might have the answer.

According to reports in the BBC, a group of academics believe that robots could be the answer to the crisis facing the future of caring for the elderly.

Posted by editor on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:02 | Permalink