Know the warning signs
Changes in physical and cognitive abilities that may occur with age can be difficult to detect, both for older adults and for their family members, friends and caregivers. The Eldercare Locator has compiled a list of 10 warning signs that a senior may need help. Any one of the following behaviors may indicate the need to take action. It is also important to inform the older adult’s physician of these changes.
Aging Research & Issues: January 17 – 20, 2017
- Impact of a randomized possible selves experiment on new retirees’ physical activity and identity. Mélanie G. M. Perras, Shaelyn M. Strachan, Michelle S. Fortier, Brenden Dufault. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, Volume 13, Issue 1, December 2016.
- The Relationship Between Subjective Falls-Risk Assessment Tools and Functional, Health-Related, and Body Composition Characteristics. Disa J. Smee, Helen L. Berry, Judith M. Anson, Gordon S. Waddington. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Volume 36, Issue 2, February 2017.
Experts’ downsizing tips
Moving is stressful at any age. When you add a lifetime of memories and “stuff,” the thought of leaving your established comfort zone can become overwhelming. To make the transition easier, seniors and their caregivers can seek the assistance of professionals, known as “senior move managers,” who are trained to assist with the entire moving process.
Aging Research & Issues: January 9 – 13, 2017
- The Human Right to Leisure in Old Age: Reinforcement of the Rights of an Aging Population. Iris Karev , JD, LLM & Israel (Issi) Doron , LLB, LLM, PhD. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. Pages 1-21 Published online: 23 Nov 2016. Free access.
- Frequent Use of Emergency Departments by the Elderly Population When Continuing Care Is Not Well Established. Jacopo M. Legramante , Laura Morciano , Francesca Lucaroni, Francesco Gilardi, Emanuele Caredda, Alessia Pesaresi, Massimo Coscia, Stefano Orlando, Antonella Brandi, Germano Giovagnoli, Vito N. Di Lecce, Giuseppe Visconti, Leonardo Palombi . PLOS (Public Library of Science). Published: December 14, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0165939
Homebound library services
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Homebound Services provides books, periodicals, films and music from the library’s extensive collections to Philadelphians who are unable to visit their local library because of age, illness or transportation issues.
Choosing a rehab facility
You’re about to be released from the hospital and have been told you need rehabilitation. Where you go for those services will likely have a big impact on how well you recover, so it is in your best interest to do some research before choosing a facility.