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Weekly News Summary for Professionals in Aging Services

by Derrick

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Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study

Researchers suggest this allows older adults to continue to contribute to society. “We unexpectedly discovered that humans have evolved gene variants that can help protect the elderly from dementia,” study co-leader Dr. Ajit Varki, a professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

“Such genes likely evolved to preserve valuable and wise grandmothers and other elders, as well as to delay or prevent the emergence of dependent individuals who could divert resources and effort away from the care of the young,” Varki added. Read the article.

NIH.gov’s “Coping with Caregiving”

Studies have shown that some people can thrive when caring for others. Caregiving may help to strengthen connections to a loved one. Some find joy or fulfillment in looking after others. But for many, the strain of caregiving can become overwhelming. Friends and family often take on the caregiving role without any training. They’re expected to meet many complex demands without much help. Most care-givers hold down a full-time job in addition to the hours of unpaid help they give to someone else.

“With all of its rewards, there is a substantial cost to caregiving—financially, physically, and emotionally,” says Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of NIH’s National Institute on Aging. “One important insight from our research is that because of the stress and time demands placed on caregivers, they are less likely to find time to address their own health problems.” Read the full article.

Dementia Care Coordination Workforce and Practices in Seven Duals Demonstration States

The University of California San Francisco published a report about dementia care coordination for duals populations with a specific look at the inadequate workforce of dementia-capable care coordinators.Currently, there are twelve states in the process of implementing demonstrations projects. This report examined three-way contracts from seven states that were selected for their expertise in care coordination. Click to learn more.

Justice in Aging Webinar – Assisted Living: State Strategies for Meeting Residents’ Health Care Needs

Across the country, older adults with significant care needs are entering and aging into assisted living facilities. Over a third of assisted living residents receive assistance with three more activities of daily living, and half of all residents have at least two chronic conditions. Over 40% of assisted living residents live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias (National Center for Health Statistics, 2014).

As older adults age in place, what are states and assisted living facilities doing to meet resident’s health care needs? What is the role of nurses? Of hospice agencies? Of medication assistants and other unlicensed staff members?

This webinar will present an overview of state approaches to meet resident health care needs. The webinar will discuss current state laws as well as trends within assisted living. Register here.

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