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Appreciation for ERA Living in Seattle August 7, 2019 10:21

Many thanks to Era Living for choosing the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program. Era Living is eight premier retirement communities in the Seattle and greater Seattle area.

 

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Meals on Wheels Delivers an Extra Health Bonus for Seniors July 15, 2019 15:56

Meals on Wheels might do more than deliver hot food to isolated seniors: New research suggests it can serve as an early warning system for declining health.

 

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Meals on Wheels Delivers an Extra Health Bonus for Seniors July 15, 2019 15:56

Image result for meals on wheels logo  Meals on Wheels might do more than deliver hot food to isolated seniors: New research suggests it can serve as an early warning system for declining health.
The study included Meals on Wheels drivers in Guernsey County in Ohio and San Diego County, who were trained to use a mobile app to alert care coordinators if the drivers had a concern or noticed a change in a senior's condition.
The care coordinators then followed up with seniors to provide support and connect them with health and community services.
Over the 12-month study period, the drivers submitted 429 alerts for 189 clients. The most frequent alerts were for changes in health (56%), self-care or personal safety (12%) and mobility (11%).
Follow-ups on the alerts led to 132 referrals, with most for self-care (33%), health (17%) and care management services (17%), according to the researchers at West Health Institute, Brown University in Rhode Island, and Meals on Wheels America.
The study was published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
West Health and Meals on Wheels America plan to expand the research program to as many as 30 Meals on Wheels sites across the United States, that include about 40,000 seniors.
"By collaborating with Meals on Wheels America, we've developed a safe, cost-effective and scalable program to preemptively identify and address concerns that too often result in deterioration of a senior's medical condition or pose a major safety risk," said Dr. Zia Agha, chief medical officer at West Health Institute.
"We're excited learnings from this research program are now being implemented across the country within Meals on Wheels America's expanded program that will positively impact as many seniors as possible," Agha added in an institute news release.
In a special editor's note, Dr. Michael Malone, section editor in models of geriatric care, quality of improvement and program dissemination with the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, wrote, "As health care systems struggle to address the social determinants of health, this innovative Meals on Wheels model may provide part of the solution."

Here's How Putting on a Show is Working to Improve Life for Kentucky Nursing Home Residents July 9, 2019 10:25

The Story of Peter Pan Comes to Kentucky Nursing Homes

Nurse Nicole Gordon works with a performer in "Wendy's Neverland", at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. 

The dance is for Wendy’s Neverland, a play with characters and ideas from the story of Peter Pan nearly two years in the making.

Cast and crew call this number “the wheelchair ballet.” For Jeff, a Chicago-based artist, choreographing this was a no-brainer.

Most of the residents are using a wheelchair at some point of the day — you know, even if they can walk — so let’s make that a dance,” he said.

TimeSlips' founder Anne Basting at the performance of "Wendy's Neverland" at Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Beattyville.
Credit Elizabeth Kramer

There’s clamor daily when the staff members clear the dining room, and the music attracts onlookers. Sometimes the dance gains newcomers, according to Sonya Turner, Sunrise Manor’s quality of life director.

“One of our elders, she would come and watch, but yesterday she said I don't want to watch anymore. I want to be in the wheelchair ballet. I want to dance.”

Since early 2018, staff members and artists have led residents to create art and poetry that line the nursing home walls. They’ve led music sessions. There were no lines to memorize. The team worked with elders and staff to create their costumes.

Participants now include family members, and teen and adult musicians from Larue and Hardin counties and beyond.

This production mirrors others staged at homes in Beattyville and Morgantown. All were financed through a $700,000 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services collected from penalties levied on nursing homes and similar facilities.

Signature Heathcare’s Quality of Life Director Angie McAllister brought this initiative to the company.

“A lot of people bring the arts to kids and they forget elders, and the need for their personal expression and how that need grows. And to help facilitate a gain for them is a powerful move,” McAllister said.


From the Caregiver: Bathing the Elderly June 24, 2019 15:01

Generally, when taking on the task of bathing an elderly loved one, you have to carefully plan what you need or intend to do.

Caregiving for the Elderly

 


Could You Afford Home Health Care? New Study Says No for Many Seniors June 12, 2019 14:35

The seniors most likely to need paid home care to maintain independent living are the least likely to be able to afford it long-term, a new study reports.

Only two out of five older adults with significant disabilities have the assets on hand to pay for at least a couple of years of extensive in-home care, researchers found.

Home Health Care  Without some help, those elderly are much more likely to wind up in a nursing home, said lead researcher Richard Johnson. He is a senior fellow with the Urban Institute's Income and Benefits Policy Center, in Washington, D.C.

 

"We have this perception that the risk of becoming frail is evenly distributed across the population, but it's really not," Johnson said. "It is more concentrated among people with less education, lower lifetime earnings and less wealth."

 

Paid home care can significantly improve the lives of older adults with disabilities and their families, but recipients often incur substantial out-of-pocket spending. We simulated the financial burden of paid home care for a nationally representative sample of non-Medicaid community-dwelling adults ages sixty-five and older.

We found that 74 percent could fund at least two years of a moderate amount of paid home care if they liquidated all of their assets, and 58 percent could fund at least two years of an extensive amount of paid home care. Among older adults with significant disabilities, however, only 57 percent could fund at least two years of moderate paid home care by liquidating all of their assets, and 40 percent could fund at least two years of extensive paid home care. Paid home care could become less affordable if growing labor shortages raise future costs.

 

The new study appears in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs.

 

 

 

 


Episcopal Homes of Minnesota May 6, 2017 13:25

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in Saint Paul! The residents there are using our Balance and Posture program. Apparently, the residents are also doing Chair Yoga with some little ones as part of their intergenerational programming.

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Merced Senior Living at The Hampshire April 27, 2017 14:03

We are proud to have another Holiday Touch community using the Stronger Seniors programs. The Hampshire, in Merced, CA is just 45 minutes Yosemite National Park!

Lots of activities, great food, great location. For more information, call 209-379-4589.

Holiday Touch The Hampshire


Grant Allows Sun Health to Give Scholarships to Seniors on Fixed Incomes October 3, 2016 09:50

“Research has shown that many chronic diseases can be prevented or managed more effectively by educating people how to eat better, exercise more, reduce their stress and take other actions to improve their health.”