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.
Singer enjoys six decades of entertaining
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
At 12, singer Freyda Thomas strutted onto a stage at a Montgomery County country club in a prom gown and belted out “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Her father, Eddie Shaw, whose popular band played in Philadelphia for many years, had invited her to perform. “I still remember the chills up and down my spine as the trumpets, saxes and trombones blared behind me,” says Thomas, now 74. That spring night marked the start of a career in entertainment that has blazed for more than six decades and, besides singing, includes acting gigs on “Murphy Brown” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Thomas was also recently profiled on WHYY.
Aging News & Research: January 29-February 2, 2018
- Quantity of Movement as a Measure of Engagement for Dementia: The Influence of Motivational Disorders. Giulia Perugia, MSc, Daniel Rodríguez-Martín, PhD, Marta Díaz Boladeras, PhD, Andreu Català Mallofré, PhD, Emilia Barakova, PhD, Matthias Rauterberg, PhD. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages: 112-121. First Published November 17, 2017. SAGE Choice Open Access. Results highlighted significant correlations between quantity of movement and observational scales of engagement and a strong negative influence of apathy and depression on engagement. Click to download pdf.
- Prevalence of Long-Term Opioid Use in Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents. Jacob N Hunnicutt MPH, Stavroula A Chrysanthopoulou PhD, Christine M Ulbricht PhD, Anne L Hume PharmD, Jennifer Tjia MD, Kate L Lapane PhD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 48–55. First published: September 21, 2017. One in seven NH residents was prescribed opioids long-term. Recent guidelines on opioid pre-scribing for pain recommend reducing long-term opioid use, but this is challenging in NHs because residents may not beneﬁt from nonpharmacological and nonopioid interventions.
Job programs help mature workers
By Marcia Z. Siegal
In 2015, 1.3 million Americans 55-plus were actively seeking work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many older adults need to work out of financial necessity. Others pursue work to stay productive. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, both funded by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), offer free assistance to help local seniors find employment.
Former executive recreates self as ‘dumpster diver’
At 55, longtime Mount Airy resident Ellen Benson took a one-year sabbatical from her career in the banking industry, started taking art classes and got married for the first time. “I was tired of the pressure as VP of human resources and thought I’d just find a ‘normal’ job and pursue other interests,” says Benson, now 70. During that year, the bank where she worked was sold and she exercised her stock options, deciding to pursue her love of art as a mixed-media and found-object artist.
PCA President/CEO Holly Lange receives Patriot Award
The U.S. Department of Defense recently recognized Holly Lange, president/CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), with a Patriot Award. Lange was recognized for PCA policies that support agency employees in the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve when they require special work schedule allowances because of military duty. The award presentation was made at PCA.