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Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Whether you’re settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, be careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. And if you’re caring for older loved ones, help them stay safe, too. Why the special concern? The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug effects, including interactions. And, as you age, physical changes can affect the way medicines are handled by your body, leading to potential complications. Read more about these tips here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/yois

Aware in Care toolkit

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The National Parkinson Foundation has developed the free Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit. A recent study reported that many of those with Parkinson’s often do not receive their medications when needed while at the hospital putting them at a greater risk while there. This Aware in Care kit will assist hospital staff  informed during these visits.  These kits can be requested from your local chapter or center at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ynxk. If in Canada, call Parkinson Alberta at 1-877-243-9992 to order your kit. Find out more at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/tvhz

Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors in Rural Communities Webinar

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

September 19, 2016 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Hosted by Grantmakers in Aging

For registration and information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/al6d.

A telemedicine program in seven rural, Midwestern States supports health and wellness for older adults by focusing on proactive medical care. Understand how this service evolved, the success, and opportunities for philanthropy to be part of the healthcare solution in rural America.

Presenters:

  • John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
  • Josh Hofmeyer, Senior Care Officer, Avera eCARE
  • Heidi A. Schultz, Program Officer, Rural Healthcare, The Helmsley Charitable Trust

Sponsored by: The John A. Hartford Foundation and AARP Foundation

Co-Sponsor: The Helmsley Charitable Trust

Text adapted from registration site. Webinar announcement originally seen on RHIhub.

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make important decisions about care. These new measures look at successful discharges, emergency visits, and re-hospitalizations, and complement other nursing home measures previously announced in April.  Read more about the new updates here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gr5u.

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

From the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This interactive infographic summarizes the information presented at a workshop. It will help you to learn more about the factors that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs

September is Go4Life Month

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Celebrate #Fit4Function in older adults with Go4Life Month this September. If you need ideas on how to motivate others, visit Go4Life event planning page, complete with activity ideas, social media messages, and articles for local media and newsletters.

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

NLM 4 Caregivers Project

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The project NLM 4 Caregivers is designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among family caregivers who actively seek health information online using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and listservs, for discussing and exploring health issues. NLM 4 Caregivers discusses a wide variety of resources for searching and managing medications, such as PillBox and DailyMed, tools for locating clinical trials (ClinicalTrials.gov), and tools for accessing both consumer health information (MedlinePlus) and the latest biomedical research (PubMed).

NLM 4 Caregivers shares health resources relevant to caregivers through many mediums, such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Printable flyer
  • Guide on the NLM Website

For more information on NLM 4 Caregivers, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/huue

New National Institute on Aging Facebook Page

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

If you like getting Healthy Aging Tips from NIHSeniorHealth.gov, then you’ll also appreciate the new Facebook page from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). There you’ll find tips on exercise, nutrition, and caregiving, plus information on Alzheimer’s disease and ways to manage other health issues that can be a part of growing older. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2aAWMOf

Guns and Dementia

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

When guns are in the home of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, the odds of tragedy are heightened. Hiding, locking up, or disabling a gun may not be sufficient, especially if the individual becomes fearful, combative, or suspicious as their disease progresses. The Alzheimer’s Association has guidance for family members at http://bit.ly/29BB6kY
Physicians are encouraged to discuss gun safety with patients or family members when any patient, young or old, may be at risk http://bit.ly/29EJBhG

Senior Safety Driving

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

AAA has a website with excellent resources to keep seniors driving safely, with information about how aging affects driving, ways to test yourself, safe-driving tips, and guidance in adapting or selecting a vehicle to fit your changing physical capabilities. Alternate means of transportation are also discussed. For concerned family members, the site provides advice on evaluating a senior’s driving skills and addressing safety concerns. Many seniors feel they are better drivers after taking AAA’s online or in person class or the AARP’s classroom course. Both are open to any driver over age 50. These inexpensive programs may entitle you to a discounted auto insurance rate; check with your insurance agent.