Look With My Eyes – 4 Ways to Help an Elderly Family Member

As we have a chance to visit family and friends throughout the holiday season, I would ask each of you to look with my eyes; look for the opportunities to create a safer home environment. Look for tripping hazards Light bulbs that need replacing, a dark walkway that could use some solar lights A smoke alarm battery that needs changing. Help organize and clean. Help […]

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Nurse creates Smart Care apartment to help seniors

“Aging in place” has been on Carolyn Cason’s mind for at least 15 years. Before retiring this year, Cason, MSN, PhD, RN, was a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at University of Texas Arlington. Now she and associate professor Kathryn Daniel, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, AGSF, are seeing that concept become reality as the Smart Care […]

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Older adults live independently longer when monitored by care team and technology

Finding ways to help older adults “age in place” has been a focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Now, a new study shows their work at TigerPlace, an independent living community that uses sensor technology and onsite care coordination to maintain residents’ health, is successful. Researchers found TigerPlace residents stayed longer than seniors who live in other senior […]

Modifying Interiors For Older Residents

A high-tech kitchen with a magnetic induction cooktop that won’t burn a person who might accidentally touch it. A refrigerator with extra lighting on shelves and drawers so food can be seen better. Steps throughout the house that have lights between the tread and risers. Rugs that are recessed to prevent slips and falls.  These are the housing accommodations that can help older people, who […]

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

5 Home Preparation Tips for Alzheimer’s Patients

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and here in San Diego county, the statistics are as staggering as are the national statistics. There are 60,000 people living with Alzheimer’s with care-giving support of 150,000 people locally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to go to 100,000 by 2030. So we can expect the care-giving roles to grow at an equal or greater pace as […]

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Caregivers of Veterans Benefit from Purple Heart Homes Aging In Place Program

November is National Caregivers month and Purple Heart Homes adaptations made to Veterans’ homes helps make life easier for caregivers by creating safer barrier free environments both inside and out. According to a March, 2014 Rand study entitled ‘Hidden Heroes:  America’s Military Caregivers’, there are 5.5 million caregivers across the US.  Of that, 1.1 million care for Veterans that served in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The […]

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Free Hearing Aids for the Elderly

Many hearing-impaired seniors living on a fixed income cannot afford the high cost of hearing aids, which, according to Lions Club International, cost an average of $3,600 each. What’s more, very few health insurance policies pay for hearing aids and to the surprise of many, Medicare does not provide coverage for the devices or the exams required to fit them. Fortunately, organizations and institutions have […]

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What to do: Remodel or Move?

Neil Shapiro considers himself “within shouting distance” of retirement. He and his wife could have sold their home near Chicago and bought a condo in the Sun Belt, long a lure for American retirees. Instead, the couple bought another single-family home — in Boise, Idaho. “We wanted to come to a place where we want to live, and work for a few more years,” Mr. […]

Veteran’s Benefit Book Fair

This past weekend was the Veteran’s Book Fair on board the USS Midway.  Attending the event as a featured author was incredibly special for me.   My step-father was a plank-owner, serving in the Marine Corps, on the commissioning voyage of the Midway. He was always proud of his service and treasured the memory of that historic event. He donated to the restoration of the Midway […]