Create A Senior Exercise Routine And Stay Fit As You Age 

The key to staying healthy as you age? Regular exercise — it can boost your mood and energy levels, maintain a healthy weight, and even reduce common symptoms of aging. In fact, getting fit in older age has been proven to reduce risk of stroke by half, a study at Oslo University reveals. Whether you’re completely new to fitness, need to lose weight, or simply want to feel healthier overall, it’s never too late to get active. What exercise should you do? That depends on your individual fitness abilities and goals.…

Catering Choices For Healthier, Happier Mealtimes

As the percentage of obese adults aged 65 and over reached 27.6% in 2017, it’s clear that American seniors are as affected by obesity as their children and grandchildren.  While it’s possible to plan healthy meals, reduce portion sizes and so on at home, it can be much more difficult to watch your weight when you regularly eat out.  Whether you’re purely interested in weight loss or are trying to manage a health condition such as “sundowning”, seeking out healthy catering options can make for happier mealtimes and better long term health.Plan…

6 Holiday Gift Ideas for a Loved One With Dementia

Buying a gift for a loved one with dementia can prove difficult at the holidays. That does not have to be the case, however. Here are six holiday gift ideas to consider that are ideal for those suffering from varying degrees of dementia. Puzzles: Puzzles are a fantastic way to work on cognitive skills and sharpen memory. Seek out a senior-friendly puzzle that is cut in large pieces that are easy to pick up and hold. Choose from an array of interesting and artistic images that include bright colors or…

Career Paths to Jobs in Aging Services Beyond Nursing

When people aspire to work with seniors, they often default to thinking job options are largely limited to nursing care. While I’m sure the vast majority of jobs in this wide and growing sector are centered around nursing-type services, there is a whole world of other options to getting work in aging services. For my part, the path was never even intentional. I’d graduated from college with a BA in English. From that, desperate to find a “real” job, I applied for work as a social worker at a nursing…

Download the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) for Clinical Use

According to the Administration on Aging, hundreds of thousands of older adults are subject to abuse, neglect, and exploitation each year. The victims are older, frail, and vulnerable. They are often in the vulnerable position of depending on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or other people they trust. “Elder abuse” is a phrase that refers to any intentional act by a caregiver or other person that causes harm to a vulnerable senior. Legislatures…

AARP’s Family Caregivers and Managed Long-term Services and Supports Report

The AARP has issued the first major research paper in the emerging field of managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) to address family caregiver needs. Their argument is that managed care can lead the way to advancing person and family-centered care. The report, the AARP states, provides the tools and policy recommendations to pave the way to such managed care initiatives. The report began from the commissioned work of Truven Health Analytics to research state Medicaid contracts for requirements about care coordination and family caregivers, the results of which were…

What does Donald Trump’s Presidential Win Mean for Seniors?

Donald Trump, to the surprise of many, did it; and not only did Republicans take the Oval Office, they will now control the House and Senate as well. The big question now is: What does this mean for seniors? The short answer is “we don’t yet know,” but there are things we can begin to deduce from some of his campaign pledges. Let’s start with Trump’s call for a $6.2 trillion tax cut. While he may or may not get a tax cut of that magnitude, one thing is for…

Family Caregiver Alliance’s Palliative Care 101 Webinar, November 9th

The Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving is offering a Palliative Care 101 webinar on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. What is it? Who needs it? Why is it important? Where do we get it? Palliative care helps to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for individuals with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. It addresses the medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the individual and their family throughout the entire course of an illness, as well as at the end of life. However,…

Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare Search Tool

One question caregivers and family are often faced with when their loved one can no longer live independently due to illness or frailty is: How do we choose a nursing home? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as every individual case is different. Do you select the nursing home just down the road that isn’t as nice as the one two towns over but would allow for more family visits, for example? What about a facility that has the friendliest, most capable staff but fewer resident activities? One…

Understanding Medicare Webinar – Open Enrollment October 15th

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15, so now is the time to refresh your understanding of key components of the Medicare program. The National Information & Referral Center is hosting a webinar on Understanding Medicare. This webinar will teach you about Medicare eligibility and coverage options as well as educational resources from Medicare Made ClearTM that can assist I&R/A agencies and consumers. Date and time: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Duration: One hour Register for this even by clicking here.

Families Caring for an Aging America Report

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report called Families Caring for an Aging America. Their press release on the report states, in part: The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report found that by 2030, 72.8 million U.S. residents – more than 1 in 5 – will be 65 or older.  According to the National Survey of Caregivers, in 2011, 17.7 million people – or approximately 7.7 percent of the total U.S. population aged 20 and older – were caregivers of an…