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NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers? Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV

HIV and Older Adults

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Over 1 million Americans are living with HIV and the number is growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% percent of people living with HIV nationwide are over the age of 50. Moreover, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over more than 50 years old.

With the advent of the 21st century, prevention of HIV has become an important issue for older Americans. Today, 17% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur among people who have lived to the half century mark and beyond. It is clear that more needs to be done to inform individuals and aging network providers about the importance of educating older Americans about HIV prevention. Resources for older adults can be found at:

Aging in Place Technology Report 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch, more likely to be based on customization of standard software than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2016 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new offerings as services that are combined with persuasive training on how to use it. To read the report, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n6sy

Sexual Health and Aging

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Getting older does not necessarily mean the end to sexual intimacy or the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Here are some resources for staying active and safe.

Sex and the Senior Woman (Office on Women’s Health Blog): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/vvmy

Sexuality in Later Life (National Institute on Aging): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4j00 (available for download or order)

 

 

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.