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Thursday August 09, 2012 - Issue #601

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

And the Survey Says...

Yesterday, I drove down to Miami for a televised meeting discussing the findings of a brand new survey conducted by UnitedHealthcare, USA TODAY, and NCOA which surveyed 2,250 U.S. adults aged 60 or older.  This inaugural United States of Aging Survey examines seniors’ outlook and preparedness for aging, and their community’s ability to meet their needs as they age.

In general, the survey found that:

  • Seniors and baby boomers expect their lives to improve as they grow older.

  • A significant minority of respondents feel less secure: about one in four reported trouble with current monthly living expenses; one-third said they will not be able to afford future long-term care services; and 72 percent of those who make less than $30,000 per year live with a chronic health condition...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Let There Be Light

By Erika Hoffman, Staff Writer

“Just Do It!” admonishes the Nike ad. “God helps those who help themselves” goes the old saw. “Carpe diem” is a philosophy everyone needs to buy into, including the depressed elderly...read more

Guest Column

Spinal Cord Injury
By Marian M. Inguanzo, MSW, ACSW and Mitchell A. Kaplan PhD, CPSP

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, many are learning that the simple everyday activities they once took for granted, such as getting into their own bathrooms, have become more challenging now that they have a mobility impairment that limits their ability to move about their home without assistance...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Alert Systems 101

Choosing a medical alert system has become more complicated as the available options on the market have increased and the technology has changed and improved. However, through the myriad of options, there is a common sense baseline of safety and security these systems provide to a loved one and their caregiver...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Jane in MA 

A caregiver should always approach the subject of advance directives with their loved one with sensitivity. My mother-in-law recently passed. She was 93 and died peacefully with hospice. She had a long-standing history of dementia. Whenever I would attempt to approach her about advance directives (when she was much younger—in her early 80s), she told me she would be in God's hands. She called me Dr. Kevorkian, said she had nightmares and was up all night thinking about this. 

I know for many elderly people, it is a tough subject to approach. Please know I did not describe anything traumatic. I just asked her if something happened and her heart stopped, would she want to have life saving measures. Of course she did and felt this should not even be a question, nor should it be her decision, only the doctor and God. Of course I became her healthcare proxy and in the end, she did not want heroics. Hospice was very involved and helped her through this difficult time. 

I think having advance directives is a gift to our families or significant others. It relieves some of the stress and helps them understand the choices. As a caregiver, I think it is important to have these conversations so your loved one can make informed decisions while they are able.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

And the Survey Says...

Featured Article

Let There Be Light
Guest Column

Spinal Cord Injury


Alert Systems 101
Sharing Wisdom


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