Loneliness linked to deteriorating health in seniors

Recent studies show that loneliness has detrimental effects on the health of seniors — there’s mounting evidence linking loneliness to physical illness and to functional and cognitive decline. While Independent & Assisted Living Communities may not be appropriate for all seniors, they can be beneficial to some because of the activities and socialization they offer, countering isolation and loneliness experienced by many older adults.

For more information about recent research, see this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/health/lonliness-aging-health-effects.html?smid=li-share&_r=0

HIPPA Authorization and Power of Attorney — for adult children as well as older family members

Having a signed Power of Attorney and a Health Care Proxy is essential when helping older relatives and is also critical to have for children over 18 — college students and other young adults. An article in Consumer Reports discusses what can happen when there’s a medical emergency and your adult child hasn’t given permission for you to have access to information about their health.

http://consumerreports.org/health/help-your-college-age-child-in-a-medical-emergency/

Urban Communities & Older Residents

What aspects of urban communities influence health and quality of life for older residents? The World Health Organization indicates outdoor spaces, transportation, affordable housing, the opportunity for social and civic participation, communication, community support and health services. Learn more in this New York Times article.

The Power of Empathy

A great piece on the importance of showing empathy for someone who has suffered a loss … http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/02/20/467263025/they-brought-cookies-for-a-new-widow-empathy-eases-death-s-pain?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160220