These home safety tips help prevent falls, other accidents
By Alicia M. Colombo
Lois Rosage, a licensed and registered occupational therapist for 33 years, works to evaluate the safety of seniors’ homes through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program. “I go into a home and look at all the areas that can make seniors independent and safe in their home,” Rosage said. She offers this advice: “Be mindful of your surroundings. Keep walkways clear and use adequate lighting.”
Program provides temporary help to support self-sufficiency
By Marcia Z. Siegal
When Sarah Jackson* was recovering from a double mastectomy and receiving chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, the ordeal left the 60-year-old drained and lethargic. Taking care of herself and her home had become overwhelming. That situation changed when she began to receive temporary support services through the In-Home Support Program (IHSP) offered by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
Home technology promotes seniors’ independence
A significant rise in the number of people 65-plus is driving technological innovations aimed at helping older adults live more independently. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the nation’s 65-and-older population is 46 million and will reach 83.7 million by 2050. With more Americans living longer, the demand for technology to help people “age in place” will only increase. The most popular home technology currently on the market comes in the form of voice-assisted devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, according to a report in USA Today. These devices allow users to control lighting and thermostat settings with just the sound of their voice, giving seniors greater control over energy use.
Meeting caregiving challenges
By Sally Friedman
Once past childhood dependence, most adults cherish the gift of autonomy. They want to determine their own destinies. But needs can change with satisfying – or devastating – results. The shifting of one’s role from equal to caregiver or care recipient can be painful enough to destroy even the best family relationship.
Connect to the right resources
Many people don’t access the supports they need for aging and living with disabilities at home, in the community – where the overwhelming majority prefers to remain. Often, when they do so, their challenges have become overwhelming and critical. By that time, they may have expended much in the way of time and resources, said Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging and administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) during a recent town hall meeting at Center in the Park senior center in Germantown.
Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018
- Medicaid Demonstrations: Evaluations Yielded Limited Results, Underscoring Need for Changes to Federal Policies and Procedures. GAO-18-220: Published: January 19, 2018. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2018. About one-third of Medicaid’s spending goes toward demonstrations, which allow states to test new approaches to delivering Medicaid services. Do they save money? Improve care? The short answer is that states and the federal government don’t fully know. We found that the federal government did not require complete and timely evaluations from the states, so conclusive results were not available. Click on right to select full report or highlights.
- Hearing Impairment Increases the Risk of Distal Radius, Hip and Spine Fractures: A Longitudinal Follow-up Study Using a National Sample Cohort. So Young Kim, Joon Kyu Lee, Songyong Sim, and Hyo Geun Choi. 2018. PLoS ONE, 13(2): e0192820. Hearing impairment has been suggested to increase the risk of falls. However, most previous studies were conducted in an older population without classification of the fracture regions. This study aimed to delineate the risk of each fracture type in all age populations.
Aging Research & Issues: February 12-16, 2018
- Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare is Needed.
- ‘‘It was then that I thought ‘What? This is not my Dad’’: The implications of the ‘still the same person’ narrative for children and young people who have a parent with dementia.
Aging Research & Issues: February 5-9, 2018