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End of Life Doula Support
The Center for National Aging in Place published a short article about Doulas. The focus of the article was on the growth in this profession, and how it is expanding from maternal care to long term care. End of Life Doulas was named one of the seven top new occupations by Time Magazine. End of Life Doulas are recognized by the National Palliative Care and Hospice Association.
Just as birthing doulas help welcome new babies into a warm, nurturing, peaceful environment in the home, end of life doulas are trying to bring that same warmth, nurturing and peace to the dying process in the home. Many families are looking for this kind of support when they bring their loved one home to die. Time prediucts that most homes will know about doulas in the years to come.
Intergenerational Roomates? In Paris? Because both students and the aging have a hard time affording housing in Paris, a new program has been initiated matching students with older apartment dwellers who need some help staying in their own homes. In exchange for helping the elder, the young student saves the equivalent of $1,100 per month, which is the going rate in Paris for a studio. The matchmaking usually occurs during the duration of the academic year, as long as the matches are good ones. This news was posted on the Blog of The Global Aging Network.
Met Life is offering a free booklet about the benefits and pitfalls of "aging in place." Receiving care in your own home is what most people want, but we have to plan for this. Most of our homes would not work well. Download the workbook by using this web link: https://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/aging-in-place.html#insights
Top Senior Design Innovations (from Long Term Living On Line Magazine http://www.ltlmagazine.com/ ) Nursing stations are no longer required in nursing home design, following recent CMS "culture change" practices. The plastic med cart should be retired. Smaller living groupings are strongly recommended. Private bathrooms are also recommended, with lighted grab bars. Improved ceiling lifts for transferring patients have reduced staff injuries by 82%. (The portable lifts are ok, but never seem to be where staff needs them.) Finally, the magazine commends the ever increasing availability of Universal Design implements and utensils for patients to use, especially those with arthritis. The complete article can be found at ltlmagazine.com.
Resources for Gerontologists
Health AGEenda: The Hartford Foundation has launched a new blog, Health AGEenda to stimulate discussion about how the needs of the growing number of older adults are incorporated into the country's ongoing efforts to improve health care. According to the Gerontological Society of America's August newsletter, this blog will help us understand the challenges and proposed solutions being explored by public and private sector interests as stakeholders work on health care reform. This blog will share the knowledge gained by the foundation's officers as they travel around the country reviewing innovations in aging services, care, training, and research. Go to: jhartfound.org/blog
New Fall Prevention Guidelines Issued:The American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society have released new guidelines aimed at preventing serious and potentially deadly falls of older adults. Fall related injuries are one of the leading causes of death for older Americans, accounting for more than 10,000 deaths annually. The online guidelines can be found at http://www.americangeriatrics.org/health_care_professionals/clinical_
Time to Check out POGOe! The Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative has recently partnered with the administrators of the Portal of Online Geriatric Education (pogoe.org) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University in order to disseminate Hartford's geriatric nursing programs and products as widely as possible. POGOe is a free public store house with over 400 geriatric educational materials in various formats, including lectures, exercises, virtual patients, case-based discussions, simulations, and links to other resources.
American Society on Aging Launches new LGBT Information Site A new Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging Resources Clearinghouse has been launched by ASA. the site's searchable resources span several subject areas, such as education and training, health and mental health, housing and support services, populations and communities, public policy, advocacy, and legal issues. There are also annotated listings for service providers, community and professional associations, information sites, reports and articles, and links for ordering DVDs, books, and other products. Go to http://asaging.org/lain
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