Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the elderly are treated with dignity and respect while receiving any care they require.
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As the baby boomer generation faces retirement, there is heightened interest in the best ways to care for older adults and prolong their abilities to live independently.
Everyone falls down, but usually without harming more than their pride. However, national home injury statistics show that falls are a more serious public health problem than many may expect. In fact, Home Safety Council* research finds that nearly 5.1 million people in America are injured by falls in and around the home on average each year.
Hispanic Elders Health Initiative, a federal effort to address health care disparities among Hispanics over age 65, is set to launch in eight communities nationwide.
Blacks in the U.S. are more likely to receive lower-quality nursing home care than whites.
Patient falls persist as the largest category of hospital incident reports, despite numerous studies and interventions.
Extra care housing can do much to promote the social well-being of older people, through careful design of facilities, a person-centred approach and supporting social interaction. This is demonstrated in new research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
A growing number of children and teenagers are taking on the responsibility of caring for family members with debilitating illness, the Washington Post reports. As many as 1.4 million young people ages eight to 18 in the U.S. care for a chronically ill or disabled relative, according to a 2005 survey by the United Hospital Fund and the National Alliance for Caregiving.
Tennessee Department of Health is urging all licensed health care facilities in Tennessee to take special precaution in caring for and monitoring the health of the elderly and ill as extreme temperatures continue throughout the state.
Sunrise Senior Living has introduced two new dining program enhancements, which benefit the health of its more than 40,000 residents.
Georgia Department of Human Resources offers Live Healthy Georgia Seniors Taking Charge program with tips to help older individuals avoid becoming dehydrated.
A broad study of adults ages 65 and older has found that half of them have one or more conditions that can affect their ability to participate in activities of daily living.
Despite fears that the elderly and poor might be missing out on health information on the Internet, those most in need are bridging the telehealth gap.
Many older adults are battling a multitude of health problems with little help from family or others in their community.
Adults age 50 and older are more at risk of severe illnesses from mosquito-borne viruses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.
The Article will protect vulnerable adults in residential and nursing homes.
People ages 65 and older who have difficulty comprehending basic health-related material such as prescription bottles and appointment slips are more likely to die within six years.
New Jersey officials are expected to announce Thursday that the state will need $58 billion in today's dollars to provide health benefits it has promised to current and future retirees -- "nearly twice the state budget and nearly twice the amount of its outstanding debt," the New York Times reports. In 1994, the state stopped allocating money to a reserve fund to pay for its retiree health obligations, so it has "virtually no money" in reserve to cover the costs, according to the Times.
Disability pay for injured veterans varies widely from state to state.
HHS plans to launch a nationwide initiative that seeks to reduce health disparities between Hispanic and white elderly individuals, the McAllen Monitor reports.
The effort stems from the 2006 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Healthcare Disparities Report that found that Hispanics older than age 65 are less likely than whites in the same age group to be vaccinated for pneumonia or influenza, manage their diabetes and undergo cancer screenings, John Wren, deputy assistant secretary HHS' Administration on Aging, said.
USA Today published two articles on issues related to elder care as part of a five-day series.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is negotiating two managed care contracts for state Medicaid beneficiaries who are blind, elderly or disabled.