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New Reports from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers Summarized

Long-term care for the elderly is a crucial issue. Each year, new data sheds light on the state of care in the United States. The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers reports on trends in residential care communities and adult day care centers. The study examines resident demographics, medical conditions, funding sources, and other variables. Read 2014’s highlights below, and check out the full reports for more detailed information. Variation in Operating Characteristics of Residential Care Communities, by Size of Community More than 6 in 10 residential care communities had…

Volunteering For Alzheimer’s Research: Is It For You?  

Participating in Alzheimer’s research is a great way to get involved in treating, preventing and potentially curing Alzheimer’s. You can take part in scientific discovery and help others live healthier lives. If you’re interested, here’s what you need to know. Who Can Volunteer? Although patients with Alzheimer’s can participate, you don’t need to have the condition to volunteer. You can be perfectly healthy. Clinical studies need all kinds of participants. Researchers look for diversity in the groups they choose – a mix of men and women, white participants and participants…

Free Online Cookbook to Help Seniors Eating on a Budget

Eating healthy on a tight budget is possible with careful planning and creativity.  Leann Brown proves this in her new cookbook, Good and Cheap.  She put together a great collection of recipes, tips, and ideas on how to make delicious and nutritious meals based on just $4/day.  It’s free and available online, keeping reading for the link listed below. Brown’s inspiration came when she moved from Canada to New York and realized the unhealthy types of foods that people with low incomes were consuming.  She focused her efforts around people receiving…

Diabetes and Patient Assistance Programs

Diabetes is a serious condition in which the body does not process food properly for energy.  It is a condition in which a person’s body either doesn’t make enough insulin or is unable to use his/her own insulin in the way it should when dealing with diabetes (source). There is a high prevalence in seniors with diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) at 25.9%, or 11.8 million according to diabetes.org.  Paying for the cost of medication and testing supplies can be very expensive, especially when an older adult hits the donut hole and the…

Medicare Open Enrollment: A Guide for Caregivers

Mark your calendars and get started early! October 15 to December 7 is the open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in or change a Medicare Advantage plan. During that time, beneficiaries can also change their choices for Part D (prescription drug) coverage and, under certain circumstances, change Medigap plans. The information may seem overwhelming, but here are the essentials. Your care recipient should have received an annual notice in the mail from the companies supplying their coverage. The first few pages of the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC),…

Flu Vaccine Finder Tool – Connecting Seniors to Vaccinations

It’s that special time of year again when noses run, bodies ache, and fevers burn. Signs are everywhere declaring that the seasonal influenza has arrived. Although most people recover within a few days, older adults can be at risk for serious flu related complications. In fact, ninety percent of flu related deaths and more than half of flu related hospitalizations happen to people 65 and older. The seasonal influenza or “flu” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that affect the nose, throat, and lungs. Signs of the flu…

What is Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation?

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that helps people who have health insurance, but are living with diseases and have trouble meeting the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications. Out-of-pocket medical costs prevents many older adults from receiving the lifesaving medications or treatments that they need.  Even with insurance, co-pays can be financially burdensome considering the fact that most elders are on a fixed income, likely need more than one medication, and may eventually hit the dreaded “donut hole” coverage gap.  For older adults with…

Call for Sessions: Iowa Governor’s Conference on Aging and Disabilities

Interested in changing the disability industry? Want to re-imagine aging networks? Submit a presentation for the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Aging and Disabilities! From May 23-26, 2016, the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council will host the conference at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Disruptive Innovations is the year’s title. The event aims to spotlight challenges and opportunities facing the aging and disability communities, on both regional and national levels. Proposals are invited from new and experienced speakers. Successful proposals will demonstrate new and…

McKnight’s 2011 Online Long-Term Care Expo – Free CEUs

Monica Bond, Circulation Manager for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living, asked me to inform Elder Guru readers that they are offering another “Online Expo” this year on March 23rd and 24th. The expo consists of five free webcasts and virtual exhibition booths. The event is free and if you need continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain a professional license, you can get one CEU for each webcast. The webcasts include: Technology: new technology, new legal challenges Wound Care: managing unavoidable pressure ulcers Capital: the changing capital landscape –…

Download the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide by Planetree and Picker Institute

Planetree and the Picker Institute recently published a long-term care (LTC) improvement guide. Planetree and the Picker Institute are nonprofit organizations that promote and advance patient-centered care. They collaborated to develop this 296-page guide in the hopes it will improve patient and resident-centered care across the heathcare continuum. This guide can help facilities and institutions pursuing culture change. The guide contains three parts: Part One – Making the Case for Change Part Two – Building a Community – A Process for Transformation Part Three – Practical Approaches for Building A…

Download 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design in PDF

The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice updated their Americans with Disabilities Act regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design…

Download the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) Alzheimer’s Test

The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) was developed by Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Neurology. The test is a cognitive screening instrument used to identify Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia. The SAGE test is self-administered, so people questioning their own cognitive abilities can take the exam privately. This is good and bad, good that it may encourage some people to take the exam who might not otherwise subject themselves to being tested by a doctor, bad in that it means some people testing themselves might draw…