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September 4th, 2014
This inspirational movie is about the difference music can make in the lives of people with memory loss, and will be followed by an expert panel discussion led by Dr. Bonnie K. Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging.
Whether you care for older adults currently or envision a career in aging, we think you'll find this film interesting and energizing. We hope you will join us!
For more information, click here. Tickets will be available in the lobby or may be purchased on-line.
Medical directors, physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, nursing home administrators, educators in geriatrics, and other healthcare professionals in the field of aging won’t want to miss the Ohio Medical Directors Association annual meeting:
Solutions for Senior Care
November 9-7, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Planned presentations include:
- Innovative Models on the Continuum of Care
- Dual Eligibles
- Drugs on the Horizon
- Infectious Diseases: Pneumonia and C. difficile
- Best Practices in Long Term Care for Nurse Practitioners
- and much more!
For more information on this exciting conference, go to http://www.ohioamda.org.
In an effort to address these issues, the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness has developed an on-line distance education program for health professionals called Mind-Body Skills Training for Resilience, Effectiveness, and Mindfulness (http://mind-bodyhealth.osu.edu/). The purpose of this program is to help healthcare workers learn and practice skills to help them personally and professionally become more resilient in the face of stress, more clinically effective in helping patients, and more mindful in their daily lives. Through this program, healthcare workers will learn the latest scientific research about mind-body skills, engage in reflective practices, and use free online recordings of evidence-based mind-body practices.
This mind-body-health program for healthcare workers has twelve 1-hour modules that are arranged into four clusters:
- Relaxation Response (stabilizing attention while decreasing stress)
- Mindfulness (cultivating non-judgmental, curious attention)
- Heart-centered practices (cultivating positive cognitive-emotional states)
- Guided Imagery and Hypnosis (using focused attention and imagination to achieve goals)
Cynthia has an MSW with concentration in Administration and is currently working toward her PhD in Social Work at Ohio State. Her research interests are focused on interdisciplinary education and practice, and she has had a combination of experiences serving children, families and older adults through program design and evaluation, grant writing, and direct practice. She has taught in the university environment for several years, both in the traditional classroom and through distance education. We are very impressed with all the skills Cynthia brings to this new Intergenerational Center opportunity.
As the new Intergenerational Program Manager, Cynthia’s job will be multi-faceted. She has been hard at work since July 1 learning about all the Center’s planning efforts that have been underway, introducing herself to numerous faculty and staff, and getting to know the community partners in this new initiative – National Church Residences (adult day provider) and Columbus Early Learning Centers (early childhood development provider). She is also currently working to create opportunities for student learning at the site, beginning to assess current community resources and needs, identifying stakeholders, which include both the families and caregivers of those who look to the Center for their care and stakeholders in the wider community, and much more.
Cynthia would like to hear from you if you are a faculty member who would like to propose an interdisciplinary or intergenerational research, education, or service opportunity; teach a course in the Center’s OSU classroom; or if you are a student interested in independent study, service learning or volunteer opportunities; or if you would simply like to learn more about the Intergenerational Center which is due to open in early 2015. Contact Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 685-8602. To learn more about the Center, click here.
The report found that although smoking and excessive drinking have decreased, the percentage of overweight or obese people and the prevalence of chronic diseases have risen. Baby boomers also had fewer children compared to their parents and have a higher divorce rate, resulting in disrupted family structures. These developments are expected to lead to a crisis in caregiving. The report "65+ in the United State (2010)" focuses on the following data:
- Population Characteristics
- Health and Long-term Care
- Economic Characteristics
- Geographic Distribution
- Social Trends
For more information, or to get a copy of the report, click here.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), $73 million was lost to scam artists in 2013. In fact scams, particularly the grandparent scam, have doubled between 2009 and 2013. So, why are seniors being targeted?
Unfortunately, seniors are thought to have a significant amount of easily accessible money in their bank accounts, which makes them very attractive targets for con artists. Furthermore, many seniors grew up in an era where being polite and trusting was an expected behavior, so they are much less likely to expect that kind of behavior from another person. Finally, seniors tend to be more open to products that promise better memory, anti-aging products, and products aimed at general well-being for the older adult. The typical scams be perpetrated against older adults are:
- Health Care/Medicare/Health Insurance Fraud
- Counterfeit Prescription drugs
- Funeral & Cemetery Scams
- Fraudulent Anti-Aging Products
- Telemarketing, i.e., charity scams, fake accident ploy
- Internet Fraud (E-mail/Phishing Scams)
- Investment Schemes
- Homeowner/Reverse Mortgage Scams
- Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams
- The Grandparent Scam
NBS News recently reported that overall traffic fatalities for older adults in the U.S. have declined since the 1940’s, most likely due to safer cars. Even though our older population is increasing due to the aging baby boomer generation, and they are keeping their licenses longer, today’s drivers aged 70 and older are still less likely to be involved in traffic accidents than in the past. In addition to safer cars, the higher safety rates may be due to older drivers limiting their driving; e.g., driving fewer miles or
only driving during daytime hours.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, although older drivers are involved in fewer accidents they still have more accidents than middle-aged drivers, though younger drivers still hold the record for the most accidents. Unfortunately, aging brings impairments that may affect driving ability negatively. So, how do we help keep our older drivers safe? We’ve put together a few resources below that may be able to help you answer this question.
The American Geriatrics Society has guidelines for assessing and counseling older drivers that you can download for free.
The AARP provides driver safety classes for older drivers that are offered throughout different locations in the U.S.
The Ohio State University has a rehabilitation driving program that assesses and assists older adults gain mobility.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has a senior driving website that has information on which cars are safer for older adults, how to evaluate driving ability, maintaining mobility independence, and much more.
The car-fit.org website helps older drivers make sure their vehicle fits them properly, provides education on enhancing safe driving, and advocates for increased mobility for older adults.
The following websites explore smart car features that may be useful for older adult drivers:
World Alzheimer's Month
Healthy Aging Month
Gerontological Nursing Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 4th)
National Grandparents Day (Sept. 7th)
World Arthritis Day (Oct. 12th)
Health Literacy Month
Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week (Oct. 12th-20th)
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
National Caregivers Month
National Home care and Hospice Month
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis (Nov. 1st-Dec. 31st)
Home Care Aide Week (Nov. 9th-15th)
National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 1st-5th)
National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 7th-13th)
For more information about national health events, go to healthfinder.gov or get a calendar of events.