A Hot Trend: The Internet, Social Media & The Elderly

Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members. Grandparents are becoming proficient in alien things like Skype and Facebook and liking it. It has become a healthy emotional outlet and word of its benefits has spread like wildfire among the elderly.


Posted by editor on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:03 | Permalink

Older people can HALVE risk of dementia by gardening, dancing or going for brisk walks

A study of almost 900 patients found those who exercised most had more neurons in areas of the brain including the hippocampus, which controls memory.

Older people can halve their risk of dementia simply by gardening, dancing or going for brisk walks, according to new research.

The study shows that virtually any type of aerobic activity boosts the amount of grey matter meaning mental decline becomes much less likely.

A study of almost 900 patients followed for 30 years found those who exercised most had more neurons in areas of the brain including the hippocampus, which controls memory.


Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

The Gray Area: Is it safe to leave my loved one home alone?

“Never put me in one of those nursing homes.”

These words haunt caregivers – adult children, spouses, partners, close friends – across the country. But when your parent struggles to find their way to the kitchen, you may be facing the question, “When is it not okay to leave my loved one at home alone anymore?” This is a difficult question to answer, from a healthcare professional’s perspective and from a caregiver’s perspective. Sometimes it’s black and white, sometimes you’re stuck in a gray area. But you’re not alone. As the U.S. aging population grows, and is expected to double by 2030, so does the role of caregivers. More and more people are faced with the heavy duties of addressing the needs of a loved one, or making the incredibly hard decision to ask for additional support through elder care services like assisted living, or nursing homes.


Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Why Senior Living is About to Accelerate EHR Adoption

Tech-savvy senior living providers, including some of the largest national chains, have been adopting electronic health records in growing numbers. The drive to wire-up assisted living and similar communities with EHRs may soon gain even more momentum thanks to two recently announced initiatives.

While government funding to subsidize the cost of EHRs has been available for hospitals, physician practices, and other health care providers for years, long-term care providers have been shut out of the program. That’s about to change in a limited way. Now, federal and state funds will begin to flow to Medicaid providers such as LTC facilities, behavioral health providers, and substance abuse treatment centers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced at the recent HIMSS conference in Las Vegas.


Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

How ‘Before I Die’ Walls Boost Palliative Care

Palliative care appears to be near a tipping point, both due to increasing demand and the ways in which home health agencies and other health care providers are figuring out how to offer and pay for it. While access to palliative care has spread in recent years, awareness and availability of these services is still considered slim.

Palliative care is centered around providing care to those with serious illnesses, no matter the diagnosis or stage of their condition. Regulatory constraints for this type of care have kept it mostly within hospital settings until recently, as more home health agencies have set out to tackle these needs.


Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Peoria CarFit safety event ‘fit’ for seniors

To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. 

CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.


Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Philips Introduces Aging Well Services

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today introduced the launch of Aging Well Services, the company’s initiative to bring together sets of personalized services, solutions and content to guide and support seniors and their caregivers towards higher quality independent living. As the set of offerings and the ecosystem grows, Aging Well Services will deliver an integrated and personalized user experience, enabled by apps, connected devices and personalized health information. To build out this connected health resource center, Philips will be creating an ecosystem of partners to help bring the relevant innovations to market with tele-rehabilitation company RespondWell as one of its first members.


Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Meet Nadine, the humanoid that helps the elderly

SINGAPORE, March 8 — With her brown hair, soft skin and expressive face, Nadine is a new brand of human-like robot that could one day, scientists hope, be used as a personal assistant or care provider for the elderly. The 1.7-metre tall Nadine was created in the likeness of its maker, Nadia Thalmann, a visiting professor and director of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University’s Institute of Media Innovation who has spent three decades researching into virtual humans. Nadine’s software allows the robot to express a range of emotions and recall a previous conversation. Nadine is not commercially available, but Thalmann predicted robots could one day be used as companions for people living with dementia.


Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

University of Calgary looks for housing solutions for an aging population

It’s estimated that by 2030 one in four Canadians will be over the age of 65 and the growing seniors’ population will account for 80 per cent of housing demand in Canada.

These statistics are causing alarm among experts who believe Canada’s house-building industry is underprepared for the consequences and demands of the ageing home buyer and the families supporting them.

Now a team from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary has teamed up with the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Public Health to design and test a series of aging-in-place laneway house prototypes – which they hope will ultimately be brought to market.


Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Things I hope to find in aged care homes by the time I'm old

"Help the aged", Jarvis Cocker sings in the Pulp song of the same name. "One time they were just like you."

His examples of those similarities in the next lyric aren't necessarily great - "drinking, smoking cigs and sniffing glue" - but it's a sweet sentiment nevertheless.

The rest of the first verse is "Help the aged, don't just put them in a home, can't have much fun in there all on their own." And that's the part I've always wondered about.

I've spent quite a bit of time in aged care facilities in the past few years, and I'd have to say that they leave me conflicted. They supply care to the aged, as advertised, but does outsourcing the day-to-day assistance mean that families, in the end, don't care enough for relatives who once had us as their top priority?


Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink