The Importance of Rehab

Undergoing surgery after an injury, accident or illness can be a scary and emotional process for all involved. As a result, there may be a rush for the patient to return home and resume normal activities as soon as possible. However, this can prove detrimental since the key to a safe and healthy recovery is committing to rehab post-surgery. This is especially true for seniors, who often require more time to recover.

Taking time to rehab ensures a full recovery and drastically reduces the risk of reinjures. Thankfully, most seniors have a wealth of rehab options available to them, and generally rehab is covered by insurance or Medicare.

Posted by editor on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:10 | Permalink

USPSTF drafts new recommendations for senior fall prevention

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its draft recommendations for fall prevention in those age 65 or older, and some of its findings may shake up senior care protocols. Falls are the leading cause of injury in people age 65 or older, and about one-third of older adults residing in senior care communities will fall at least once each year.

Posted by editor on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:10 | Permalink

Innovations in Aging in Place Tech for Seniors & Their Family Caregivers

As the number of older Americans increases in what has been called the “silver tsunami” and the number of people who are caring for them decreases, the role of technology to help fill the void is anticipated to grow.

By 2020, baby boomers will all be seniors, as part of the estimated 20% of the US population will be over 65.

Technology continues to improve how we all, especially senior loved ones, can interact in our environment. Technology, despite the obvious limitations of cost, accessibility, user knowledge, and security, can help seniors live independently more safely with an improved quality of life.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

How In-Home Care Helps Aging Veterans

In serving older adults across the country, we often help those who have served in the military. Many members of my family have served, so it is a great honor to be able to say that we help these elderly veterans every day.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

From Buses to Putting Greens, SNFs Align Rehab with Everyday Life

As operators in the skilled nursing industry seek to offer higher-end services, some providers have turned to outside-the-box rehabilitation equipment geared toward residents’ lifestyles — from putting greens to throat-controlled video games to a decommissioned city bus.

For Legacy Healthcare, that means branding one of its rehab units as a “penthouse.” The Lincolnwood, Ill.-based firm provides transitional, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services across the greater Chicago area, with a portfolio consisting of 27 facilities. The chain includes five “boutique” buildings scattered across Chicagoland, including a nine-story building in the city’s affluent Gold Coast neighborhood.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

Alzheimer's disease: When does personality start to change?

A new study recently published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry investigates whether or not changes in personality precede the onset of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

The researchers - who were jointly led by Antonio Terracciano and Angelina Sutin, both associate professors at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee - investigated dementia-related personality changes in a cohort of more than 2,000 people.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

Program aims to prevent falls for seniors

For millions of seniors, falling is a huge health issue. It can threaten a person's independence and even their lives.

But there are ways to prevent falls from happening.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

More Than Ever, America's 50 Million Seniors Need To Know Their Rights

Theatre and film icon, Bette Davis said it best: “Old age ain't no place for sissies.”

Davis died at the ripe old age of 81 on October 6, 1989, though, just prior to the age of preventative medicine-when health care providers could and would order a myriad of tests with the focus on wellness.  Those days are gone.

Davis knew one thing, though, that's true in every era. Seniors have it tough. From brutal insurance industry shifts to a relentless focus on millennials, it’s a jungle out there for nearly 50 million U.S. residents aged 65 and older. And one senior care advocate, who just happens to be a senior himself, wants to arm older Americans with the information to face the ever-changing Medicare, insurance and health care landscape.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

Strange bedfellows?

If there is one major transitional development amid the acuity shift within eldercare, a strong case could be made for the growth of rehabilitation within the senior living sector.

Over the past decade, assisted living residents have entered communities with more complex healthcare needs – especially with regard to physical, occupational and cognitive rehab. And based on the observations of rehab specialists, this trend has continued to grow.

Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink

6 steps to help reduce falls in the elderly

Trips and falls can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone regardless of age.  However, the elderly are far more likely to lose their balance and seriously injure themselves in the process. 

The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 28–35% of people aged 65 and over fall each year increasing to 32–42% for those over 70 years of age. The frequency of falls increases with age and frailty level and accounts for 40% of all injury deaths.


Posted by editor on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:10 | Permalink