Family inHome Caregiving Blog
AAA will host a class called “Age Well Drive Smart” on Friday, July 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at their offices on 53 Soledad Drive in Monterey. This free workshop is designed to help older drivers continue to drive safely. For more information on this free class, call 233-3447 or go to www.itnmontereycounty.org
AARP Bulletin recently ran a story stating that veterans will face significantly higher health care costs if Congress approves a 2017 budget proposed by the Pentagon. Those who use in-network providers under TRICARE, the military health care program, would likely see an increase of $500 to $600, according to the Military Officers Association of America. The group also estimates veterans using out-of-network services would suffer an increase of more than $1,000 per year under the plan.
If you are looking to make new friends, there is a group called Dine Out Seniors which meets regularly for meals and drinks. Their next meeting will be at the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Course on 1 McClure Way in Seaside for happy hour on Friday July 22 at 4:00 p.m. For reservations or more information, call either 655-1391 or 442-0333.
The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system is still under fire for causing vets to suffer through long delays in order to get a doctor appointment. It’s gotten so bad that a congressionally created advisory commission has released a report recommending that some facilities be shuttered and letting veterans get care from private doctors, essentially privatizing the VA. The report said, “America’s veterans deserve much better, that many profound deficiencies in VHA operations require urgent reform, and that America’s veterans deserve a better organized, high-performing health care system.” Stay tuned to see if this huge organization can quickly change course.
The Alzheimer’s Association will air the movie “Alive Inside – A Story of Music and Memory” on Friday, July 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should. The award winning film chronicles the experiences of people with dementia who have been revitalized through the experience of listening to music. For more information on the event, which will be held at their Ryan Ranch location at 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive in Monterey, call 1-800-272-3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a workshop on July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the role of palliative care and hospice. The talks will be free (although donations are always appreciated). For more information on the event, which will be held at their Ryan Ranch location at 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive in Monterey, call 1-800-272-3900.
Federal Officials are warning about a new financial elder abuse scheme which has conned a huge number of seniors into becoming unwitting drug mules to countries which have severe penalties for smuggling. 144 people with an average age of 59 were trapped in this net and at least 30 of them remain incarcerated overseas. The scammers target seniors that are lonely and offer them an all-expense paid trip abroad. They unwittingly carry drugs that are concealed in picture frames, chocolate boxes and other items that they receive just prior to leaving on the trip.
Women at high risk of developing osteoporosis should get some type of high-impact exercise at least twice a week in order to maintain bone density as they age, according to a study which was published in the journal Bone. Exercise appears to lose its effectiveness if done less than twice per week, researchers found. Researchers said they found the study’s outcome “disillusioning” because older people generally have low enthusiasm for frequent exercise. Still, many other studies have shown that exercise helps stave off strokes, heart disease, diabetes and many other serious health problems. The bottom line is that you should exercise as much as your body feels comfortable with.
When recovering from surgery, cultivating a relationship with the nursing staff can go a long way in getting you a high level of care. Families that are constantly pestering the busy nursing staff may inadvertently be doing more harm than good. When things don’t go well between nurses and families, it’s often a breakdown in communication,” nurse Kathleen Turner told the Wall Street Journal. Most in the medical community agree that positive communication with the nursing staff is great, but being combative or demanding a change in medication or treatment which the physician hasn’t authorized is likely to cause friction with the nursing staff. This could result in your loved one getting poorer care.
After four decades of making progress in the fight against heart disease, the U.S. has run into a wall. Since 2011, the annual decline in heart-disease death rates has remained flat at less than 1% per year. By contrast, during the previous decade, the heart disease mortality rate declined 3.7% per year. Researchers believe this is due to the obesity epidemic and the associated rise in Type 2 diabetes. “This is a startling observation,” Jamal Rana, a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente who was the senior author of the study which was published in the journal JAMA Cardiology, told the Wall Street Journal. “We need to redouble our efforts,” he said.