Some challenging times for LGBT Residents of Senior Communities

Supporting the LGBT population in Senior Residential Communities … an important staff training program is making a difference!
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/08/lgbt-seniors/497324/

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Medications and the Elderly

Medications & the Elderly — such a critical issue. Are seniors taking prescriptions as intended? Are people on medication longer than they need to be? Are there interactions between medications prescribed by multiple doctors caring for the same person? Many drugs act differently in older patients than in younger ones — the risks for seniors related to prescription medications can be significant.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/americas-other-drug-problem-giving-the-elderly-too-many-prescriptions/2016/08/15/e406843a-4d17-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_prescriptions-715pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Consequences of Hospitalization for Older People

Important piece on older adults and possible consequences of hospitalization. How hospitals handle the old and very old is a pressing problem, geriatricians say, with nearly 13 million seniors hospitalized each year — a trend that is accelerating.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/09/486608559/hospital-units-tailored-to-older-patients-can-help-prevent-decline

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.

New Dementia Care Consultation Program

Interesting new dementia care consultation program, a joint venture of Tufts Health Plan and the Alzheimer’s Association of MA & NH. I think the focus on not only the patient, but also the family caregiver is critical.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/21/ray-light-dementia-long-shadow/8NUpZa6HPYaN950tJWkC7N/story.html?s_campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign=

Muhammad Ali’s Fight against Parkinson’s Disease

Remembering Muhammad Ali and his fight against Parkinson’s, an incurable brain disease, second only to Alzheimer’s in prevalence, that slowly causes the dopamine neurons in the brain to sicken and die, affecting movement, diminishing voice and masking expression, among a host of other symptoms.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/05/opinions/michael-j-fox-muhammad-ali-parkinsons/index.html