Falls can change lives – in the worst of ways. Each year, one in three seniors falls, and 20 percent sustain a serious injury, from head trauma to a broken hip. These injuries can reduce mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature death. In fact, falls are the top cause of injuries, and death from injuries, among older Americans.
The good news is that falls are preventable. In the quest to reduce falls among seniors, leading senior living communities are implementing structured programs that take a long-term, unified approach to fall prevention. Read More
Loneliness is not only a pressing social issue. It’s also a major health risk, especially for seniors. A groundbreaking study links social isolation with a higher risk of death in adults aged 52 and older.It’s been found to be as physically harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and contributes to cognitive decline, including the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).
To fight the loneliness epidemic – experienced by more than 40 percent of seniors throughout the nation – innovators in senior care are taking new approaches. They’re helping residents to seek rewarding activities, make robust social connections, and find a renewed sense of purpose.
Senior care providers face enormous pressure to keep pace with the “Aging of America.” Today, the U.S. is home to more than 50 million seniors; by 2050, that number is projected to surge to 83 million. To meet the complex needs of this fast-growing demographic, more and more senior care communities are looking for care innovations.
An increasingly popular option is aromatherapy. Recognized by The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a “complementary health approach,” the practice uses essential oils from plants to address health challenges and support overall wellness.
Today, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). By 2050, the number is projected to nearly triple. In the wake of an ADRD epidemic, the need to ensure that caregivers are well trained in delivering highly proficient and abundantly sensitive direct care and support is critical.
In 2003, two innovators in dementia care, Sandra Stimson and Lynn Biot-Gordon, founded an organization devoted to promoting standards of excellence in ADRD education. Called the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), this group offers a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) program to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to ADRD clients. Read More
Health literacy is our ability to understand health information and make the best health care decisions. A seminal study of these skills has issued a troubling report card: just 12 percent of all adults – and 3 percent of seniors – have proficient health literacy.
“Low health literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes, such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services,” says Callie Whitwell, chief operating officer and founding partner at Lifetime Wellness. Her company provides person-centered wellness, life enrichment, and recreational programming to independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and memory care facilities throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
It’s been called “The Long Goodbye.” Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) cause memory decline, cognitive impairment, and eventual loss of daily functioning. Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with the disease – with numbers projected to more than double by 2050.
Of those living with ADRD, 90 percent struggle with behavioral and psychological symptoms, from agitation and aggression to psychosis. These symptoms can be devastating for the person with ADRD and challenging for those who provide care – family members and health care staff alike.
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability, and most of that number have mobility challenges. Yet limited mobility doesn’t mean exercise is off limits. Many creative approaches are in motion to help mobility-challenged seniors stay fit.
Adapting to the changes
“Having a mobility issue – whether from a disability, injury, or chronic condition – changes many parts of a person’s life,” says Callie Whitwell, chief operating officer and founding partner at Lifetime Wellness. Her company provides person-centered wellness, life enrichment, and recreational programming to independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and memory care facilities throughout Texas and Oklahoma.