VIDEOS AND ARTICLES
A collection of You Tube videos to enhance your knowledge of various clinical conditions and senior care issues. Please see Caregiver Resources for many more videos on caregiving and dementia.
A collection of articles to enhance your knowledge and broaden your knowledge base.
5 Strategies to Help Pay for Eldercare
BY GREG DAUGHERTY - Updated Jun 25, 2019
Medicare, the federal health insurance program primarily for adults 65 years of age and over, pays doctor and hospital bills for many older Americans. However, it doesn’t cover everything. For example, long-term custodial care for help with the “activities of daily living,” such as bathing, dressing, and eating, are not covered under the plan. There are other uncovered costs as well.
The Costs of Eldercare
Many older people will eventually need such care, as a result of physical or mental impairment, and they and their families will have to find a way to pay for it. Unfortunately, it is rarely cheap. In fact, it can quickly wipe out ...... read more
Starting the Conversation (about senior care)
By: Todd Reeb, RN, MBA Updated July 2019
Talking to your parents about needing help around the home can be a daunting task. These conversations are usually not easy. When adult children speak about getting help or senior care options, many parents only hear 'a loss of control and a loss of their independence'. A recent survey revealed over 50% of parents and over 60% of their adult children have avoided initiating the conversation. If you are part of this group, know you are not alone. But talking about the various types of senior living arrangements, whether....... read more
Age-Related Memory Loss
Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Robert Segal, M.A. Updated: July 2019
We’ve all misplaced keys, blanked on someone’s name, or forgotten a phone number. When you’re young, you don’t tend to pay much attention to these lapses, but as you grow older, you may worry about what they mean. Perhaps you start to talk about a movie you saw recently when you realize you can’t remember the title. You’re giving directions to your house when you suddenly blank on a familiar street name. Or you find yourself standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what you went in there for. Memory lapses can be frustrating, but most of the time they aren’t cause for concern. Age-related memory changes are not the same thing as dementia. ...... read more
Reasons Why Elderly People May Fall
Understanding the causes of falls may help prevent serious injury
Sharon Basaraba Updated June 25, 2019
Why do older people fall? Contrary to popular assumption, poor reflexes or tripping may not be to blame, according to groundbreaking research from Simon Fraser University released in 2012.
The study, published in The Lancet, is the first to use digital video data from closed-circuit cameras installed in long-term care facilities. The cameras were installed in various common areas like living rooms and hallways of two different nursing homes in British Columbia, with permission from the residents and staff. The aim of the research, according to principal author Stephen Robinovitch, was to determine exactly what precipitated each fall, rather than relying on a questionnaire or so-called self-report after the fact, as previous studies have done.
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