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
A great reminder of the importance of providing support to family caregivers … “Perhaps the best antidote to burnout, many experts say, is building a team, rather than handling everything yourself.”
Supporting the LGBT population in Senior Residential Communities … an important staff training program is making a difference!
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.
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.
Consider pre-planning a funeral … not an easy conversation to have, but a gift to those who would otherwise have to make arrangements during a time of sadness and grief.
Interesting article in the New York Times with some basic information about Alzheimer’s Disease … http://www.nytimes.com/…/sc…/what-is-alzheimers-disease.html
Interesting story in the New York Times about a company based in Tampa that has a deal with the N.F.L. Alumni Association to provide special treatment to former players with dementia. The chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia is greater for former players than it is for the general population.
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
Information about palliative care, which focuses on relieving the discomfort and distress of serious illness. From The New York Times, February 12, 2016