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If you work with seniors, it is incredibly important to be aware of your community resources. There are a variety of programs available at a low-cost, or no cost. One of the best resources is your local Area Agency on Aging. Each state is divided into regions, and an Area Agency on Aging typically serves around five counties. They are your go-to for information regarding resources in your local community.
For South Carolina:
Recently I came across a web-site for Biblical based bereavement support. The web-site allowed me to type in my zip code and showed a support group in my area, only 15 minutes away. This is a program for individuals who have lost a loved one (ie, not a pet). Here is how this program works:
- All participants go through curriculum based support material.
- It lasts for 13 weeks.
- When the 13 week program is over, many participants find that they have made close friends and even choose to attend another program.
- There is a minimal cost for materials.
- You can join any time, but are encouraged to start at the beginning of the session, in order to gain the most benefit.
- The views in this particular program are of the Christ centered community, but people of all faiths have joined and share that they have learned helpful information and tips.
- Meetings are held at churches or locations such as the public library.
This is an article about a woman who wanted to file a claim against a nursing home and her experience. It can be very difficult to prove the case of abuse and neglect in a long-term care facility without the use of technology (a video camera) because while abuse occurs, falls and other incidents of accidents also occur. While it can be challenging for a family member to prove abuse, it can be even more so, to prove neglect.
In this article, a case is described where a man with dementia who had a history of wandering was placed in a nursing home, only to die within a month of complications from dehydration. Is it possible the CNAs didn’t offer him enough to drink? Yes, this is possible. But did you know, some dementia patients who pace burn many calories (causing significant weight loss), while at the same time refuse to eat or drink enough to survive? Many patients with dementia who pace could use the benefit of additional calories through a feeding tube (G-tube), but they are so restless or agitated, that in some cases a G-tube can’t be inserted due the the dementia patient being at high risk for pulling it out.
Monitoring the delivery of good patient care can be challenging. I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.
Are you a caregiver or know someone who is? Caregiving for another person, whether it be a child or adult can take a great amount of physical and mental energy. The stress of being a caregiver is sometimes overwhelming. The latest statistics that I am able to locate on this topic is found at the above site. Even though it dates back to 2009, it provides very detailed information for those who want to learn more about this topic. The research was conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving, in collaboration with AARP. It was funded by Metlife.
Are you concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one? There is a five minute exam available to download through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, which may help you if you are concerned. The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.
I think this is very interesting and plan to learn more about it. It is important to note that this test must be self-administered. If you have concerns about memory loss, consider taking the test and making an appointment with your primary doctor.
Did you know there was a Center on Longevity at Stanford that studies many facets of aging? I read about this program in Time magazine and thought it was very interesting. An article about Dr. Laura Carstensen, the Director of Longevity at Stanford, suggests two activities that will help individuals live healthier lives. Of course, we know about staying physically fit, but Carstensen suggests going through the process of solving a “big” problem, which keeps the mind sharp.
Not sure how to download that app, or make an amazing quiche? Keep trying something new! I have read it is terrific mental exercise to try to master an instrument or a foreign language. What about volunteering for a non-profit that needs guidance for some aspect of their program to be more successful? Help them problem solve! For more information on this program at Stanford, check out this link to their website or visit Dr. Carstensen’s page.
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