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Chronic Illness - High Cholesterol November 12, 2019 10:51

47% of older adults are treated for high cholesterol – a condition that occurs when your body has an excess of bad fats (or lipids), resulting in your arteries getting clogged, which can lead to heart disease.

 

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Seniors Who Feel Their Life Has Purpose May Live Longer November 10, 2019 14:58

"We found a strong association between life purpose and mortality in the US," said the study's lead author, Leigh Pearce of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

 

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10 Common Chronic Conditions for Adults 65+ November 7, 2019 09:58

Age, family genetics, and gender make it nearly impossible for older adults to avoid becoming a chronic disease statistic.

 Eighty percent of adults 65 and older have at least one condition, while 68% have two or more. You probably have a parent or grandparent who is managing a condition right now, or perhaps you are managing one yourself. 

 

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The Residence of Chardon Has Adopted the Stronger Seniors Program! October 4, 2019 11:34

Hats off to Carolyn L. at The Residence of Chardon, a senior community in Chardon, Ohio. They adopted the Stronger Seniors program this summer.  Chair

 

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Do You Understand Medicare's Home Health Benefit? September 17, 2019 11:52

Medicare rules for coverage of home health care services are complicated and often misunderstood. Recent changes to Medicare criteria for coverage of rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing care have expanded the availability of home health services.

 

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Best Wishes to Silverado Memory Care of Naperville (Brookdale) September 12, 2019 14:34

 Silverado Memory Care of Naperville, part of Brookdale Senior Living, has adopted the Stronger Seniors Exercise Program.  We wish them all the best!

 

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Alarming Number Of Seniors Go Entire Week Without Talking To Anyone September 11, 2019 10:03 1 Comment

Loneliness can affect your health, your well-being and the way you see yourself – it can make you feel invisible and forgotten.

 

 

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Which Type of Exercise is Best for Parkinson's Disease? September 9, 2019 12:23

Different exercise programs pursue different fitness goals: balance and coordination, flexibility, endurance, and strength.

Examples of Parkinson’s-related exercise programs include:

   Resistance training.

   Aerobics.

   Alternative exercises, such as yoga.

   Home-based exercises.

   Practicing movement strategies.

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Exercise May Protect Brain Regions that are Sensitive to Neurodegeneration September 9, 2019 11:17

Physical activity and fitness reflect on brain structure in cognitive decline. Especially brain regions which are affected by neurodegeneration seem to be responsive to exercise and fitness.

 

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The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Shouldn’t Be a Waste of Time September 6, 2019 11:42

The most common complaint from those age 65 and older is, “It’s a waste of my time and is just an excuse to bill Medicare.” In other words, the Medicare patient doesn’t understand the purpose of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit nor do they know what one should expect.

 

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Building a Better Life - Focus on the Process, Not Results September 4, 2019 11:43

 The most content people aren’t focused on being the best; they’re focused on constant self-improvement.

When you stop stressing about external outcomes — like whether you win or lose, attain a certain promotion, or achieve some other form of validation — a huge burden is lifted off your shoulders and you can focus your energy on the things you can control.

As a result, you almost always end up felling better. Research shows that concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health.


Hats Off to Brookdale Senior Living in Twin Falls, ID August 15, 2019 09:20

Grateful to announce that the Stronger Seniors Chair Yoga program has been adopted by Brookdale in Twin Falls, Idaho. Thank you!

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National Senior Games Pole Vaulter Breaks the Mold July 18, 2019 16:55

National Senior Games Pole Vaulter Breaks the Mold

“The reason you can’t do stuff? Do you know why? Because you don’t do it,” Johnston said. “The secret is to keep doing it. Keep on doing it.”

 

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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."

Senior Caregivers on Six Things That Cause Falls July 12, 2019 16:59

Senior Caregivers on Six Things That Cause Falls

There are six factors that contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people. Here are some ways to help prevent these falls.

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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.


Seniors are at risk for heat stroke during hot weather July 9, 2019 09:41


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.

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How Seniors Can Improve Mental Health June 18, 2019 11:26

Socially isolated seniors have a 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation, according to Forbes.

 

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Exercise for Seniors is Essential June 17, 2019 11:21

Exercise has countless benefits for those of all ages, including a healthier heart, stronger bones and improved flexibility. For seniors, there are additional benefits, like the fact that regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases, lowers the chance of injury and can even improve one’s mood.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 


Home Exercise Programs Lowers Fall Risk by 36 Percent in the Elderly June 7, 2019 09:40

falls in seniors are the third-leading cause of chronic disability, Liu-Ambrose and her team are now looking at whether the exercise program can result in reduced medical costs in this high-risk population. This study shows the importance of a home exercise program and how all adults can benefit from increased muscle strength and balance.

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Love, creativity, happiness: Those are a few of the rewards that a long life brings June 4, 2019 10:29

Age is such joy! It brings hard-earned wisdom, a wealth of experience, inspiration for new passions and the confidence to try something new; it brings appreciation for long friendships, a capacity for compassion and a curiosity about the world that youth doesn’t offer.

 

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