Live on RealCareNowTV: Measuring Person-Centered Care
Join us live at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, when Dr. Bill Thomas will interview the co-author of a recent study examining the effectiveness of patient-centered approaches to Dementia care for older adults. Researcher David Edvardsson, PhD, of the University of Umea, Sweden, identified and examined 12 tools that can be used to measure the effectiveness of patient-centered Dementia care used in hospitals, nursing homes, home care and other settings. Click here for details.
Granny Pods: It’s All About Options
In response to my last blog post about children or parents moving back home, ChangingAging reader Di shared this link about “Granny Pods”, a modular mobile home designed to be temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property. Check out this recent NPR report on Granny Pods.
The Ashes and the Flame
Adopting a pro-aging perspective and cultivating an interest in aging and its strengths and limitations places one firmly within an enthusiastic and highly marginalized minority. Western culture bemoans both youth and age…
Old Money Against Money for Old People
During the last hundred years older people in America have enjoyed a dramatic improvement in their economic security. This progress represents a dramatic reversal from the endemic poverty that accompanied aging in the first half of the last century.
Life Expectancy Down For Kids, Up for Older Folks
Life expectancy has dropped by one month according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s not a significant change, researchers said, but it does represent a reversal after years of increasing longevity. Meanwhile, mortality rates dropped significantly for five of the 15 leading causes of death, including accidents (3.5 percent), homicides (3.3 percent), diabetes (3.1 percent), heart disease (2.2 percent) and cancer (1.6 percent), and strokes dropped from third to the fourth leading cause of death. Click here to learn why kids today may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Cult of Adulthood
Hollywood’s Fountain of Youth
Disney’s remake of the Sci-Fi classic Tron opens tomorrow featuring 61-year-old actor Jeff Bridges playing dual roles at both his natural age and a 35-year-old computerized avatar of himself.
DemocracyWise Looks at The Green House Project
The University of Syracuse’s Democracywise news website explores The Green House Project coming to Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse. Click here to read more.
Western Australia’s Hawthorn House
Caleb and I have returned from a exciting (and exhausting) trip to Western Australia. This was my 13th visit to Australia. Over the years I have developed a deep respect for the country and its people. I have always found Australia to be possessed by a fresh, clean, authentic feeling of energy and optimism. Visitors from America find little of the weary care that seems to weigh so heavily on the United States these days. That said, it is my opinion that Western Australia (a massive state that is three times the size of Texas) is Australia’s Australia. Construction booms tower over the city of Perth and people are animated by the certainty that tomorrow is destined be better than today. Click here to continue reading.
Institutional Care: Bad For All Ages
NPR’s Joseph Shapiro reports:
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Living With Parents vs. Buying a House
Here’s an interesting graph from economist Tom Lawler demonstrating the inverse relationship trend for 24-34-year-olds either living at home with their parents or buying a house. That’s a whole lot of baby boomers taking adult children back under their roofs. And you can bet a lot of them have aging parents to take care of as well. I’m curious if their are any statistics tracking an increase in multi-generational households?