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Follow these tips to avoid cold stress. (Thinkstock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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).

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) joins the national “Home for the Holidays” campaign, which encourages the discussion of important issues affecting older Americans during the holiday season, when family and friends often gather. (Thinkstock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Long-distance caregivers need to enlist help. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

While her 'Dom Care' resident Jeffrey* is in his day program, 'Dom Care' provider Sylvia Robinson-Hite shows off his room. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘Dom Care’: Providing supportive homes

Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. It was established in 1977 to provide a home-like community living arrangement for adults 18 and older who are unable to live independently and need help with activities of daily living. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) administers the program in Philadelphia. Dom Care “providers” open their homes to individuals who need supervision, support and encouragement in a family setting. Providers cannot be related to their residents.

'DomCare' provider Sylvia Robinson-Hite holds an angel given to her by a former 'Dom Care' resident in her home. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘Dom Care’ provider opens home, heart

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Sylvia Robinson-Hite has opened her home to two men who can’t live independently and need help with the tasks of daily living. She is a “provider” with the Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” Program run by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). She has found the experience profoundly satisfying. “I’ve been very blessed with David and Jeffrey*,” she said. “That’s the way I look at it.”

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Alzheimer’s caregiving offers rewards

About 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The bulk of their care – 83 percent – falls on unpaid family members.

An African-American woman and man, smiliing
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Meeting spousal caregiving challenges

“In sickness and in health, to love and to cher­ish, till death us do part” is a promise often made in wedding vows. However, many blithe bridal couples don’t anticipate what really lies ahead in the event of sickness and disability and the anguish that can ac­company spousal caregiving as they grow old.

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