Celebrating Older Americans Month

17 May

This month is Older Americans Month, a joint recognition month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging. The 2013 theme, “Unleash the Power of Age!”, celebrates the contributions of older Americans in this country. Some of the month’s activities include a “challenge” for adults age 60 and older to demonstrate how they continue to be actively engaged in their communities (for more information, please visit http://www.olderamericansmonth.acl.gov/challenge.html).

After receiving treatment for an injury or illness, many older Americans face the challenge of becoming active again. A look at the Home Health Chartbook identifies some characteristics of older adults using home health services:

  • Following an inpatient stay, 38.7 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are discharged to post-acute care.
  • Major joint replacement or reattachment of lower extremity without a major complication or comorbidity accounts for the largest percentage of Home Health Part A claims in 2010 at 10.77 percent, or 211,779 claims that year. Another 31,145 claims were made for hip and femur procedures with a complication or comorbidity.
  • Medicare home health users with the most common diagnoses experienced slightly lower 30-day rehospitalization rates than skilled nursing facility users, including a mere 4.33 percent rate among major joint replacement or reattachment patients.

Read more here.


Are ‘Elderly’ or ‘Senior’ Derogatory words?

27 Apr

This was not a whimsical poll.

We were inspired to learn your views, after a recent Guardian Article came out that suggested the following words are deemed derogatory: Codger, Fogey, Elderly, Senior, Fossil, Biddy, Sweet Little Old Lady

The advice is included in a media guide on reporting issued by the think tank The International Longevity Center, and ageism campaign group Aging Services of California.

While the rest of the words have colloquial British meanings (fogey, codger) and some are just plain rude (fossil), the author of this post does not believe that the terms ‘Elderly’ or ‘Senior’ is derogatory per se. Of course, if used in a discriminatory context or with willful intent any word can sound bad.

According the the new journalist guide:

Instead, people aged over 50 should be referred to as ‘older people’ or simply ‘man’ or ‘woman’ followed by their age, the guide suggests.

What do you think?


A Volunteer Army of Caregivers: Spread the Word

27 Apr

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This is a Petition we should all be excited about: Caregiver Corps.

The idea is to recruit high school and college grads as caregivers for tuition credit. The program would be on the lines of Teach for America or the Peace Corps.

“Older people today are healthier than in the past and are living longer. But as they age, boomers will likely require both caregiving for their parents and eventually for themselves. By 2030 the United States will need between 5.7 million and 6.6 million caregivers.”~ AARP.com

One welcome byproduct, could be less age segregation and ageism, greater bonds across generations.

CBC News – Is this the future of hospitals in Canada?

17 Apr

See on Scoop.itEmpowered Living

Bring on Lean Six Sigma to healthcare! Is this the future of hospitals in Canada? http://t.co/D10WI651wI
See on www.cbc.ca

Digital Health Strategy: From Novelty to Necessity – Forbes

16 Apr

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Is your digital health gadget a novelty? I’m guilty.  The devices I carry with me are more an intellectual curiosity than a tool driven by my desire for health or wellness. And there lies a key insight into this marketplace.

Empowered Living‘s insight:

Interesting points. Most digital health tools in the market are going through the "shiny phase".

See on www.forbes.com

Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare

16 Apr

“In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.”

Patients in the US expect and receive more treatments than patients anywhere else. But is more really better?

Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere. Commercial insurance data point to similar patterns in the healthcare of the younger population in Southern California. What explains such avid use?

This Article in the LA times features an interesting insight into this mentality: that people expect their medical treatments like every other kind of consumption.

Read more here.

And why shouldn’t they?

Startup Gerijoy’s Virtual Elder Care Companion Saves Senior from Abuse – HIT Consultant

16 Apr

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HIT Consultant Startup Gerijoy’s Virtual Elder Care Companion Saves Senior from Abuse HIT Consultant Talking dog saves senior, inspires startup GeriJoy to provide improved senior supervision and emergency alerts through its virtual elder care…

See on www.hitconsultant.net

A Day in the Life of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

15 Mar

Do you think you’ll be able to continue to handle him as he gets worse?

You don’t die from Alzheimer’s; you die from complications. And, physically, your dad is healthy. He’s probably going to be around a while. And that’s good. But he always said he never wanted to be this way. He always said, “If I end up a certain way, do something for me.”

via A Day in the Life of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver | VICE United States.

U.S. manages disease, not health – CNN.com

12 Mar

I have argued for years that we do not have a health care system in America. We have a disease-management system — one that depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they manifest rather than giving our citizens simple diet, lifestyle and therapeutic tools to keep them healthy.”

via U.S. manages disease, not health – CNN.com.

106-year-old finally gets his high school diploma

9 Mar

“Despite the type of physical work he did, he never suffered physical ailments. He never took any medication. He drove until he was 100.”

via 106-year-old finally gets his high school diploma – Good News – TODAY.com.

Stories like this are great reminders that you’re never too old to pursue your dream.