February 2017

posted 02.24.2017
Each year we invite contributions to AgeBlog from members of the Aging in America Conference community who will be making a presentation at the conference. For 2017, we received a rich series of contributions covering issues ranging from use of acupuncture for pain remediation to the impact of…
posted 02.23.2017
By Bonnie Brandl Elder abuse affects millions of older adults and the people who love them and care for them. The Elder Justice Roadmap, created by the field for the field and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines elder abuse as the…
posted 02.22.2017
By Rachel Pagones Pain, you could say, is the great equalizer. Young athletes, women in childbirth, sedentary office workers, manual laborers, old athletes—everyone deals with it at some time. Often it goes away on its own; sometimes you need a little help: aspirin, acetaminophen, liniments, or the…
posted 02.21.2017
By Daniel R. Wilson Have you ever helped an older person navigate the complexities of life—arranging transportation to a doctor’s appointment, setting up meals on wheels, or even ensuring they can see a medical professional—only to find out they are alone at home with no family or friends to…
posted 02.13.2017
By Janet Spinelli In order to ensure that nursing facility residents are receiving optimal high quality services in the most appropriate setting consistent with our Olmstead efforts, it is essential that we leverage the long-term care initiatives that are currently underway. Addressing the unique…
posted 02.09.2017
Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break By Joy Johnston Family caregivers need, and deserve, more robust supportive services, but a break may be the most precious gift of all. Imagine if we could harness the power of the sharing economy to transform respite care from an underutilized…
posted 02.03.2017
By Denise White Perkins A tale of two seniors: Mrs. Wixom is a 75-year-old widow. Her children live out of state. She suffered a stroke last year, and was recently discharged from the hospital after a heart attack. She has all her medications and a list of doctors’ appointments, but no car. She…
posted 02.03.2017
By Robert Schreiber, David Dorr and Robyn Golden Community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide non-medical services and supports are essential to high quality, patient-centered primary care. And given the changing dynamics of payment reform, CBOs are an increasingly important part of the…