To those of us who work with older adults, it comes as no surprise that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults 65 and older. Each year, more than one in four adults 65 and older will fall. As Aging Life Care Professionals®, our role is to help clients manage their health, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and improve their quality of life. Our work often includes efforts to reduce falls. Read MoreRead More
Judy fell and broke her hip. She calls 911. She lacks a medication list. As a result, the hospital team is unaware of her chronic conditions. Her daughter lives far away and doesn’t know if she should fly in.
Accidents by their very nature are unplanned. That doesn’t mean you need to be unprepared for a fall or a serious incident (e.g., a heart attack or stroke).Read More
On September 6, 2019, my mother turned 76. As was our birthday tradition, I invited her to lunch and suggested an outing to a local craft store she loved. For the first time ever, she refused to budge from her home. This was new behavior and it really worried me because her world was shrinking. She seemed to prefer solitary activities like beading, knitting, and weaving intricate pine needle baskets, only venturing out when she absolutely had to.Read More
As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, and until we have a vaccine, some families struggle with the decision of whether to bring an older loved one, who may currently live in a supportive living or long-term care setting, back home. With the uncertainty still surrounding COVID-19, this is an understandable and important question, especially with the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infections coming this late Fall or Winter. Yet any consideration of a move should not be taken lightly, especially with so many unknowns about the future. Read MoreRead More
Physical, or social distancing is a phrase new to many of us, but it’s essential to ensuring that the most vulnerable to COVID-19 – older adults and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease – stay healthy. Social distancing contributes to “slowing the transmission of COVID-19 and reducing illness and death,” according to the CDC.Read More