Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources for patients and caregivers.
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1rSazQ5
Hospice Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wrOSwI
End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1xSJe4Y
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
In preparation for Affordable Care Act open enrollment , the Office of Minority Health has created a new resource for applying for coverage, finding health care, and getting appropriate health care screenings and preventive services. The site includes special sections for seniors and young adults. Open enrollment begins November 15.
My Coverage, My Care: http://1.usa.gov/1rgqNmU
Monday, August 25th, 2014
The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.
- Get ready for a doctor’s visit
- Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
- Make collaborative decisions about treatment
- Remember what was discussed following the appointment
Access the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1sqa9Cr
Monday, August 25th, 2014
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.
From the Center:
“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”
For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.
To see the complete HHS news release: http://1.usa.gov/1jgX5jh
To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website: http://bit.ly/TVdRsd
Friday, June 20th, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.
To see the topic page, visit NIHSeniorHealth.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1st3vQ7
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
From Healthy People 2020:
“Older adults are at high risk for developing chronic illnesses and related disabilities. These include diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. This webinar will explore optimal aging for older adults, with a focus on daily function and quality of life, including living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dementia is the loss of cognitive function—the ability to think, learn, and remember—to such an extent that people can no longer live independently. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
Please join us on June 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review featuring the Older Adults and Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease topic areas. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.”
Monday, March 31st, 2014
From the National Institute on Aging, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Nursing Research:
“The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.
The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:
- Addressing pain
- Types and places of end-of-life care
- Planning and paying for end-of-life care
- Handling health care issues
- When the end comes
- Coping with grief
- Research efforts”
NIHSeniorHealth-End of Life: http://1.usa.gov/1lfEX6t
Monday, January 27th, 2014
A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that seniors are among the most vulnerable populations during natural disasters, including severe winter weather.
Read a Q&A with the study’s author: http://bit.ly/1eaq7Mv
Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage: http://rdcrss.org/1n6YkjL
Monday, January 27th, 2014
A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.
From the course description:
“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”
Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog: http://bit.ly/1easrD4