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Poor and Elderly Need Help from USDeclaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.

“Our country cannot succeed when shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” Obama said in his relatively brief, 18-minute address. “We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class,” he added, echoing his calls from the presidential campaign that catapulted him to re-election.

The president declared that a decade of war is ending, as is the economic recession that consumed much of his first term.

He previewed an ambitious second-term agenda, devoting several sentences to the threat of global climate change and saying that failure to confront it “would betray our children and future generations.” Obama’s focus on climate change was notable given that he barely dealt with the issue in his first term.

Full story of helping the poor and the elderly at Delmarva Now

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Elderly Family Coping at HomeTHE Christmas holidays are a time for family to get together and reconnect, but it’s also a time when some families discover that their elderly parents are struggling to cope at home.

Heather Hill Pathways managing director Heather Hill said the Christmas visit was often the time when families were confronted by the frailty of loved ones and nursing homes typically received a surge in inquiries in the post-Christmas period.

“When I talk to nursing homes at the moment, they tell me it’s usually about three phone inquiries a week but after Christmas it’s probably closer to 15-20 phone calls a week for the first few weeks as families try to gather information,” she said.

“When families get together at Christmas, often it’s the first occasion in some time that younger family members have spent an extended period with mum or dad or an older family member,” she said.

“Usually they’ll say mum and dad aren’t really coping and we’ll just call the nursing home around the corner for a chat but while nursing homes are very sympathetic, they’re generally busy looking after their residents, and aren’t really in a position to supply all the information that a family needs to consider.”

Full story of elderly coping at home at Fraser Coast Chronicle AU

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Nursing Homes Packed for the HolidaysHundreds of elderly and disabled New Yorkers who were hurriedly evacuated from seaside nursing homes and assisted living residences after Superstorm Sandy are still in a grim limbo two months later, sleeping on cots in temporary quarters without such comforts as private bathrooms or even regular changes of clothes.

Their plight can be seen at places like the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Brooklyn, which was full before the refugees arrived and is now swollen to nearly double its licensed capacity.

For eight weeks, close to 190 patients forced out of the flooded Rockaway Care Center in Queens have been shoehorned into every available space at the 240-bed Bishop Hucles.

Most still didn’t have beds last week. Instead, they bunked on rows of narrow, increasingly filthy Red Cross cots in rooms previously used for physical therapy or community activities. More than a dozen slept nightly in the nursing home’s tiny chapel.

Full story of nursing home at New York Daily News

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Find Help Without Living in a Nursing HomeYou can no longer live on your own without the help of a caregiver, but you aren’t yet ready to surrender your independence to a nursing home.

Join the club. A 2010 study by the AARP found that nearly three-quarters of adults ages 45 and older say they’d prefer to age at home as long as possible.

Suzanne Modigliani, a geriatric care manager in Boston, notes that seniors who choose to live a more independent lifestyle, especially those who live alone, should exercise greater vigilance when choosing service providers.

“People can be more vulnerable at home because there’s less oversight, so it’s important to monitor the quality of service,” says Modigliani. “Also, when they are on their own, no one may notice that they missed a medical exam or forgot to wear their Lifeline medical alert system and fell down.”

Full story of living without a nursing home at Fox Business

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Forced To Choose Nursing Home or HospiceAn older person, someone who will die within six months, leaves a hospital. Where does she go?

Almost a third of the time, according to a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, records show she takes advantage of Medicare’s skilled-nursing facility benefit and enters a nursing home. But is that the best place for end-of-life care?

In terms of monitoring her vital signs and handling IVs — the round-the-clock nursing care that the skilled-nursing facility benefit is designed to provide — maybe so. But for treating end-of-life symptoms like pain and shortness of breath, for providing spiritual support for her and her family, for palliative care that helps her through the ultimate transition – hospice is the acknowledged expert.

She could receive hospice care, also covered by Medicare, while in the nursing home. But since Medicare only rarely reimburses for both hospice and the skilled-nursing facility benefit at the same time, this hypothetical patient and her family face a financial bind. If she opts for the hospice benefit, which does not include room and board at the nursing home, then she will be on the hook for hundreds of dollars a day to remain in the facility.

Full story of old age living choices at The New York Times

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Elders Financially at RiskThe holiday season often brings together family and friends that don’t see each other very often. This presents an opportunity to help stem the spread of an unfortunate epidemic in the U.S., namely the proliferation of financial fraud and exploitation of our elderly. In addition to discussing the implications of the “fiscal cliff” tax code changes and other year-end matters, we can do a great service by discussing some ways to protect the elderly from financial fraud and exploitation.

While approaching the subway in Barcelona a couple of years ago, my family and I witnessed a pickpocket attempting to lift a wallet from the back pocket of a man a mere five feet in front of us. The man detected the thief, but before he could grab the perpetrator, the thief fled. Based on what he shouted, the near victim was clearly a local.

When I’m on vacation, I’m a tourist and sadly look the part with camera and kids in tow. The pickpocket did not try to take anything from me or my wife or children and there was a reason for this. Most thieves would prefer easy targets to difficult ones. We’ve traveled the world and to some notorious havens for theft from tourists, like the Circumvesuviano train that runs from Naples to Pompeii, without ever having anything stolen, knock on wood. We pack things up pretty tight, hold our bags, packs and purses securely, don’t keep valuables in accessible pockets, and are attentive to what’s going on around us.

Full story of elders financial risks at Financial Advisor

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Study Shows Surge in Elderly Drivers Causing More ClainsA new study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) says that the imminent surge of elderly drivers on the roads won’t cause a rise in collision claim frequency, despite the long-held association between elderly drivers and higher collision rates. The expected increase in the number of elderly drivers is a simple matter of demographics. As the baby boomer generation enters retirement, and our population ages, the demographics of drivers will change accordingly.

The HLDI has concluded that a rise in elderly drivers, and subsequent accidents, will be offset by a decrease in younger drivers, who remain the most prone to collisions. The HLDI is U.S.-based, however the demographics of Canada and the U.S. are very similar, and therefore similar conclusions can probably be reached regarding the behavior of elderly drivers. 

Elderly drivers, 60 and over, are predicted to see the biggest increase of any age group. The youngest age groups of drivers are predicted to only see minimal growth.

Full story elderly drivers at Collision Repair Magazine

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Elderly Fall Prevention within the CommunityThe community-based, grassroots approach that made Mothers Against Drunk Driving successful in curbing impaired driving is needed to prevent falls among the elderly, says a kinesiologist.

Falls prevention isn’t a health-care problem, says Alan Salmoni, a professor at Western University who taught at Laurentian University for more than 25 years.

“If you don’t have the community on board … it isn’t going to work,” Salmoni said during the lunch break at an all-day forum on falls prevention held by the North East Local Health Integration Network and Laurentian University.

Falls prevention doesn’t work unless you involve everyone from those who do snow removal to the mayor, said Salmoni.

About 6,000 people in northeastern Ontario, most of them seniors, visit hospital emergency departments every year because of falls. About one in five is hospitalized as a result.

If we continue to think falls prevention is a health-care system problem, “we’re not going to get very far because it can’t possibly be solved that way,” said Salmoni, “because that’s not where the problem is.”

Full story of fall prevention at The Sudbury Star

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