Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen journal blog ’

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



HomeCare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At this point in time, the US healthcare industry is worth $84 billion and employs 1.7 million people. Employment as a home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, with a growth rate of 38% expected by 2024 from a decade previously. On the basis of those statistics, the industry appears to be thriving.



Respite Care: Why it Suits Both Caregiver & Patient

May 24th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Respite care is critical for the ongoing health and well-being of caregivers. This infographic provides a wealth of information about respite care.



Healthcare of the Future

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We humans all require healthcare, and senior citizens need more attention to health issues as we age. Unfortunately, one of the main barriers to receiving the necessary level of healthcare is the practical element of being unable to physically access a healthcare professional. However, thanks to advances in technology, this may soon become a thing of the past.

Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/), a home care company based in Ireland, created this infographic which explores how the world of healthcare might look in the near future. It profiles the concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients can receive a virtual home visit through a hologram of their physician, and also a virtual doctor app where patients can receive information on treatments available to them by simply browsing their smartphone or tablet.



Meanderings and Wanderings

Apr 8th, 2014 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sojourns offer many opportunities for discovery and adventure. Having been so long away from this column, I wonder if there will be any at all who will find me here, waiting for their compliment of a visit, however brief.

Contemplation is deserving of discipline. Therefore, having sat idle for so long, I cannot be sure to be capable of such a requirement. It is so easy to surrender to the temptation of laziness. With so many out there responding to the urgings of having something worthwhile to say, one wonders how can it be that something motivating might flow from this medium. Having hidden away ideas and occasional spurts of



FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING

Aug 8th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

SCJ celebrates its fifth year this month. Articles and columns have exceeded 2500. Readers from all over the world have visited us. We have been allowed into homes virtually everywhere on the planet.

This is both humbling and motivating. So long as you are there, we will be here. Having your confidence and trust in what we have to say is reward enough for our endeavors.

Some days it is quite a challenge to come up with topics of interest. Once in a while there are more topics to emerge than time or ability allows for response. A few occasions have blocked our will and willingness to post articles. Some, such as the death of my mother, required taking some time for a respite, reflection, and



Senior Care Centers Require Close Scrutiny

Aug 30th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Quality conditions and service vary significantly among Senior Care Centers. (Here we refer to Assisted Care, Memory Care, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing facilities, etc.) Usually the satisfaction of the resident is directly associated with the quality and effectiveness of that care. And that is usually attached to the overall costs charged back to the resident.

Quality care, however, even in those top of the line centers cannot always be presumed. Most such centers, not all, are profit making. This, as in any enterprise, drives the cost to service ratio. In smaller communities, even mediocre care can be expensive. While some residents enjoy both subsidized care and/or long term care insurance, the costs usually are such that additional resources must be called upon.



Seniors: Travel as a Lifestyle

Jan 4th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Expense, obligations, family and other considerations aside, what would it be like to choose travel as a lifestyle? Obviously the foregoing considerations would eventually have to be weighed and planning done accordingly. But, for the moment and for the fun, let’s assume going for it. Let’s put ourselves into the category of those who have the resources and other matters in place allowing for such an opportunity.

Recently, a post on the ten best places to live drew the most traffic in one day ever. Let’s posit that those ten places are open for business and not only can you choose them, but any others you might wish to explore.

Here are some considerations deserving of review:

First, what are your choices for travel. Are you a nomad who prefers commerical travel, airlines, ship cruises, train, private



Seniors: Friendship Aids Good Health

Dec 14th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Our cousin has been in our home following surgery for a little less than a week. He is a person to whom other people gravitate. His warmth, genuineness, sense of humor all magnetically draw people out and soon they are friends, dear friends, with deep affections.

As a result numerous persons are requesting opportunity to visit him during his recovery hiatus at our home. He has cancer. The surgery was both complex and involved. His health is quite good otherwise and thus his recovery from the surgery is moving along nicely.

His friends are requesting time



The (Simple) Payroll Tax Cap Issue: Keep Social Security Solvent

Dec 10th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, the best fix for Social Security is easy.  It’s simple arithmetic.  Social Security is not contributing to the deficit.  In fact, the Social Security Trust Fund has loaned billions of dollars to the Federal Government, and has Treasury Notes to prove it.  Social Security is [...]