Elder Care

Training Needed for Home Care Is Lacking

Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times Most people don’t possess the nursing skills to care for a sick, elderly relative at home. Elaine James, 76, who has dementia, was assisted by her daughter, Wendy James, 37, at a nursing home in New Rochelle in August. “H” from Chicago, I heard you when you(…)

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New Efforts to Close Hospitals’ Revolving Doors

Joshua Lott for The New York Times Sue Koner, a transition care manager for Sun Health, checks Ted Cohn’s blood pressure to try to prevent his readmission to a hospital for a heart condition. In the past, the only thing a patient was sure to get after a hospital stay was a bill. But as(…)

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WSJ: Time for Elder Care?

WSJ Article By KRISTEN GERENCHER Pay close attention to your aging parents on a holiday visit this year. Does the normally tidy house now seem neglected? Is there hoarding? Do you notice memory problems, confusion or physical unsteadiness? Discovering that a parent’s physical or mental health is declining can be heavy on the heart. It also(…)

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A Revolving Door to Avoid

Two weeks ago, Dr. Arif Nazir got a call from a colleague about a 79-year-old woman at an Indianapolis hospital. The cardiologist on the phone explained there was nothing more that could be done for this patient, who had advanced heart failure, chronic lung disease and diabetes. After a brief conversation, Dr. Nazir agreed to(…)

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Caregiver, Plus M.D. or R.N.

Josh Haner/The New York Times Family caregiving these days often means providing medical care, not just support and companionship. Let’s briefly consider this phrase: “family caregiver.” “The public perception is what you see in ads — people sitting by the bedside, holding hands, making lunch, smiling at one another,” said Carol Levine of the United(…)

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A Choice of Community Care, in Your Own Home

For 51 years, Catherine Mack has lived in a four-bedroom house in Haddon Township, N.J. Even at age 96, she has no intention of leaving. Joining other older adults at a nearby retirement community doesn’t appeal to her, although the facility is attractive and has a great reputation. “I think in a place like that,(…)

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More Older Adults With Multiple Problems

I do look for good news, for promising trends for our elders and ourselves, honest. Whenever I can, I report on things like the potential health benefits of caregiving. But there’s a whole lot of the other kind of news, and — sorry! — here’s a bit more: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(…)

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For the Very Old, a Surprise in Blood Pressure Readings

Joe Raedle/Getty Images It’s such a routine thing: A nurse wraps the cuff around your elderly relative’s arm, squeezes the bulb, listens with a stethoscope and says: “120 over 60. Very good.” Smiles all around (this was my 89-year-old father’s latest reading), because everyone knows that high blood pressure is a risky proposition. Or is(…)

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A Novel Way to Prevent Hip Fractures

The Times reports today on a study finding that cataract surgery greatly reduces the risk of hip fracture in the elderly. The benefits accrued particularly to those who were most ill and those in their early 80s; they experienced almost 30 percent fewer hip fractures in the first year after cataract surgery, compared with similar(…)

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New Numbers on Elder Care

Every day, Bureau of Labor Statistics interviewers ask Americans to detail how they spent the previous 24 hours, how many minutes and hours they devoted to everything from shopping to child care to phone calls. The results, culled from 12,500 respondents, make up the American Time Use Survey. It began in 2003, but only last(…)

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