Few Young Doctors Are Training To Care For U.S. Elderly

At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg.

"He's sure got a lot to do," she says, "and does it so well."

West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right behind Maine and Florida. But Goldberg is one of only 36 geriatricians in the state.

"With the growing elderly population across America and West Virginia, obviously we need healthcare providers," says Goldberg.


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The Future of Senior Housing: Less Ritz-Carlton, More Southwest Airlines

Too rich for affordable seniors housing, too poor for market-rate seniors housing—the predicament is widespread, but the senior housing options for these older adults are not.

Now, there’s an emerging consensus as to how middle-income seniors housing communities should be run: think less like a Ritz-Carlton, and more like Southwest Airlines, experts say.

The middle income seniors housing market includes older adults with an annual income between about $25,000 or $30,000 and $50,000, Plante Moran Living Forward Principal Dana Wollschlager explained Wednesday during a Senior Housing News webinar. These older adults have too high an income to qualify for the low-income housing tax credit program, for instance, but too low an income to afford most private-pay seniors housing.


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3 Steps To Transform Your Home To Age In Place And Earn Some Cash

Does your home look exactly the same as it did 20 years ago? Are the kid’s rooms still filled with teen posters even though your “baby” is now married? Studies show nearly 89 percent of those over age 60 want to “age in place,” and it is certainly much more affordable to remain at home. Yet, most modern homes were not constructed to support anything other than a fully functioning bi-pedal human. All it takes is an injury on crutches, or even sore knees, to render a good portion of the house inaccessible.

Here are three steps to transforming your home to prepare for older adulthood living, as well as creating an entirely new source of income with high quality home sharing space:


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An alternative way to save for retirement

Most Australians will retire with savings thanks to Australia’s compulsory superannuation system, but for many this will not be enough to see them through the rest of their lives. Here, Shauna Ferris proposes an alternative.

Superannuation savings, when combined with the old age pension, may provide a satisfactory standard of living for 10, 15 or 20 years. But as time goes by, assets dwindle.

Statistics show that over time, many retirees become progressively more reliant on the old age pension. Many self-funded retirees become part-pensioners; and many part-pensioners become full pensioners. Older retirees may need to rely on financial support from other family members.


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Third Woodland Park, Colorado, Community Symposium: Aging in Place

This first-ever symposium covering seniors brings together leaders from the region to discuss benefits and challenges to facilitate this growing trend among seniors. The choice to age where you love to live, both home and community -- in the rapidly Aging Woodland Park, CO area -- is being faced by a growing number of citizens in Teller County.

Woodland Park, CO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/06/2016 -- The third community symposium, but covering the topic of seniors this year, "Aging in Place" will be held Saturday, August 13, at the Mountain View United Methodist Church.


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How occupational therapists help keep older people out of hospital

Older people are big users of the NHS, with patients over 65 accounting for half of all hospital bed days and over-85s twice as likely to have an emergency admission to hospital as the general population.

There is a growing recognition that, as the population ages and the squeeze on NHS resources continues, better ways of supporting older people outside hospital need to be developed. Multidisciplinary teams, bringing together other health professionals to work alongside doctors and nurses, will be crucial. As the independent Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People put it in its report earlier this year: “A focus on wellbeing and, often, community support can help avoid an older person being admitted to hospital and preserve their independence in day-to-day living.”

Occupational therapists (OTs), with their skills in promoting greater mobility, are a key ingredient in this multidisciplinary, more proactive approach.


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Let's Talk About Driving: Plan Ahead to Help Keep Seniors Independent, Safe on the Road

A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough.

A new surveyi by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network that provides in-home care services to seniors, found that 95 percent of the surveyed seniors have not talked to their loved ones about driving, though nearly one-third (31 percent) said that a recommendation from family or friends that they transition from driving would make them reconsider driving.  

"As adults, we don't hesitate to talk to our teenage children about driving, but when we need to address concerns with our own parents, we drop the ball," said Elin Schold Davis, occupational therapist and project coordinator for the Older Drive Initiative of the American Occupational Therapy Association. "We know that discussing driving with aging loved ones reduces their discomfort around limiting or stopping their driving. Often, families just need to know how to start the dialogue."


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Redefining elderly care: elegant suburban homes are more hotel than hospital

The Green House Project seeks to offer older people autonomy, with nurses providing care in buildings nearly indistinguishable from neighbors’ houses Green Hill, the West Orange Green House facility.

You could almost mistake it for a student house-share.

Ten bedrooms, a gaggle of residents hanging out in the living room, exotic smells coming from the kitchen and pullout couches for people to stay the night.

But the fridges are stocked with fruit juice instead of cheap beer; the only drugs on offer are prescription meds. And the average age of the tenant is over 80.

Is this the future of elderly care? Four elegant homes on a tree-lined suburban block in West Orange, New Jersey, personalised schedules, care plans and mealtimes, adaptable care workers and a vibe that is more hotel than hospital.

The model, developed by a group called the Green House Project, likes to say it puts the “elders” at the center of the programme, giving them as much autonomy and independence as possible within the confines of a space that still has skilled nurses on hand to work with the retirees.


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The Housing Inheritance Myth and Reverse Mortgages

The reason I call it the “Housing Inheritance Myth” for people considering reverse mortgages is that the gap between desire and reality is so wide. Yes, myth may be a bit strong, but bear with me a bit while I try and explain myself.

Passing one’s home along to one’s children is part of the American Dream of home ownership. We inherited that dream from our parents who inherited it from theirs. However, if we go back to our grandparents, we find there was a catch to the gift.

Yes, grandpa might have inherited his house from a parent, uncle or aunt, but that relative came along with the house! He took care of the aging loved one, who often died in situ, and then paid for the burial, if no money came along with the property.


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Helping Hands

Living with purpose takes work—but it also bears enormous rewards. Whether the purpose is welcoming home returning soldiers or providing a much-needed hot meal, helping others often has an unexpected benefit: personal fulfillment.

At Brightview retirement communities, living with purpose is a way of life. With twelve communities throughout Maryland, Brightview offers care options ranging from independent living to assisted living and dementia care. All of the Brightview communities empower residents to live purposeful lives, full of choices and flexibility, and focus on possibilities rather than limitations. Each Brightview community demonstrates Brightview’s commitment to Possibilities, Independence and Choice in different and meaningful ways.


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