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Posted By Michael Hanisco

October is National Residents’ Rights Month

October is National Residents’ Rights Month, focusing on the rights and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.”

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

These home safety tips help prevent falls, other accidents

By Alicia M. Colombo

Lois Rosage, a licensed and registered occupational therapist for 33 years, works to evaluate the safety of seniors’ homes through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program. “I go into a home and look at all the areas that can make seniors independent and safe in their home,” Rosage said. She offers this advice: “Be mindful of your surroundings. Keep walkways clear and use adequate lighting.”

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Moving to a continuing care retirement community

By Sally Friedman

It was my lousy back that got the first discussions going about a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). For years, I’ve struggled with my unwelcome genetic legacy – a disc issue that was starting to make life in a two-story home downright daunting.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

PEER ombudsmen provide volunteer advocacy

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Darlene Sauer frequently walks the halls on her floor at the Immaculate Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Northeast Philadelphia to check on fellow residents. “I try to solve problems and, if I can’t, I report them to people who can,” said Sauer, who is one of the Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) ombudsmen at the skilled nursing facility.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help preventing foreclosure

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Nothing can rip away your sense of peace and security more than the prospect of losing your home to foreclosure because you are behind on city property taxes or mortgage payments. And this growing problem is hitting close to home in Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia City Council, foreclosure petitions filed for unpaid property taxes have risen 1,200 percent in the past eight years. Philadelphia mortgage foreclosures also are on the rise from 4,000 per year. But help is available for those who need it.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging News & Research: January 29-February 2, 2018

  • Quantity of Movement as a Measure of Engagement for Dementia: The Influence of Motivational Disorders.  Giulia Perugia, MSc, Daniel Rodríguez-Martín, PhD, Marta Díaz Boladeras, PhD, Andreu Català Mallofré, PhD, Emilia Barakova, PhD, Matthias Rauterberg, PhD.  American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages: 112-121. First Published November 17, 2017.  SAGE Choice Open Access.   Results highlighted significant correlations between quantity of movement and observational scales of engagement and a strong negative influence of apathy and depression on engagement. Click to download pdf.
  • Prevalence of Long-Term Opioid Use in Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents.  Jacob N Hunnicutt MPH, Stavroula A Chrysanthopoulou PhD, Christine M Ulbricht PhD, Anne L Hume PharmD, Jennifer Tjia MD, Kate L Lapane PhD.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 48–55.  First published:  September 21, 2017.  One in seven NH residents was prescribed opioids long-term. Recent guidelines on opioid pre-scribing for pain recommend reducing long-term opioid use, but this is challenging in NHs because residents may not benefit from nonpharmacological and nonopioid interventions.
Sally and Victor Friedman pondered their evidential move to a continuing care retirement community. (Photo courtesy of Sally Friedman)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Making the move to a CCRC

By Sally Friedman

At first it was just a ripple. A vague notion. A glimpse of “Maybe we should think about this…” And then that ripple grew into a stronger breeze and then a minor hurricane. We were finally, truly considering a reinvention of our lives – and, specifically, our address. Why don’t you at least start looking at some options, our three daughters urged. The “looking at” targets were CCRCs – continuing care retirement communities.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging News & Research: January 22-26, 2018

  • Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Financial Decision-making by Older Adults: Results from a Financial Decision-making Rating Scale. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.; Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phil.; Lisa J. Ficker,  Ph.D.; Evan Gross, M.A.; Analise Rahman-Filipiak, Ph.D.; and Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 41, 2018 – Issue 1, pages 42-65. Published online: October 27, 2017. The LFDRS thus offers clinicians and researchers alike a novel way to assess capacity for financial decision-making.
  • Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Stina Ek, M.Sc.; Debora Rizzuto, Ph.D.; Laura Fratiglioni, M.D., Ph.D.; Kristina Johnell, Ph.D.; Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D.; Anna-Karin Welmer, Ph.D. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Medical Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 16, 2018, pages 233-239. Published online: June 9, 2017. Five clusters were identified including: a “healthy,” a “well-functioning with multimorbidity,” a “well-functioning, with multimorbidity and high FRID consumption,” a “physically and cognitively impaired,” and a “disabled” cluster. The risk of injurious falls for all groups was significantly higher than for the first cluster of healthy individuals.
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