Tips to help avoid cold stress
The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
Aging News Headlines: December 18, 2017
PCA joins in ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) joins in “Home for the Holidays,” a national campaign led by the the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Eldercare Locator, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Dementia Friendly America. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that older adults and their caregivers are aware of the many local resources available in communities around the country to support individuals with dementia.
Advocacy Alert: Vote on GOP tax bill expected early next week
Take action now! Tell your legislators to vote no on this tax bill compromise legislation. Contact your representatives and senators through calls, emails, and faxed and/or hand-delivered letters to their district offices — with a tweet at the member for good measure.
Aging News Headlines: December 15, 2017
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Aging News Headlines: December 13, 2017
Caregiving from a distance
In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.
Aging News Headlines: December 12, 2017