With the first of the 78 million Baby Boomers already reaching age 65 in 2011 and more on the way, the nation’s housing system will require new approaches to meet the “aging in place” demand of this swelling population.
Staying in one’s home not only reflects a “financially sensible housing option” for many seniors, but also helps give meaning to one’s life, says former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Henry Cisneros in an op-ed for The Miami Herald.
Those who work in care settings, have a unique opportunity to pick up on cues, elder advocates say, in the detection of abuse cases, with the Assisted Living Federation of America leading the charge toward this effort.
Despite hesitation to talk about elder abuse, it’s a growing problem that is plaguing older Americans and is gaining more attention in Washington on dual fronts-its causes and prevention.
Financial abuse alone amounts to $2.9 billion annually according to the Metlife Mature Market Institute, with other forms of fraud and abuse taking steep tolls as well.
“Elder abuse” can be many things, financial exploitation aside. It could be misuse of Power of Attorney, unsanitary living conditions, or lack of care when care is needed.
AARP: Senior Caregiver Supply to Plummet as Boomers Age
Fewer older Americans will be able to remain living in their homes as they age, predicts AARP in a new report, as the number of potential caregivers shrinks dramatically compared to the coming boom in seniors at risk of needing long-term care.
“Family caregivers-including family members, partners, or close friends-are a key factor in the ability to remain in one’s home and in the community when disability strikes,” says the AARP Public Policy Institute in an Insight report. “More than two-thirds of Americans believe that they will be able to rely on their families to meet their [long-term services and supports] needs when they require help, but this belief may collide with the reality of dramatically shrinking availability of family caregivers.”
How to Keep Someone With Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias Busy and Active
By Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor
Keeping busy stimulates the brains of people with dementia while boosting a sense of usefulness and accomplishment. But they lose the ability to select satisfying activities and follow through on them — so you need to initiate things to do. Too much idle time can make anyone feel lonely and unproductive, raising the risk of depression, agitation, and anger.
Research shows that at least 70 percent of people over 65 will need long term care services at some point in their lifetime. Although while most people think of long term care as impacting only those in senior years, 40 percent of people currently receiving long term care services are ages 18 to 64.2
The Genworth 2013 Cost of Care Survey can help families evaluate options to address the increasing cost of long term care. For the tenth consecutive year, Genworth has surveyed the cost of long term care across the U.S. to help Americans appropriately plan for the potential cost of this type of care in their preferred location and setting. The most comprehensive study of its kind, Genworth’s 2013 Cost of Care Survey, conducted by CareScout®, covers nearly 15,300 long term care providers in 437 regions nationwide.
View the Genworth 2013Cost of Care Survey.
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) may find it difficult to comply with newly updated guidance that allows individuals with criminal backgrounds to work in senior living communities.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its guidance on the use of criminal background checks in employment, arguing that employment discrimination based on criminal history is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Another Report Confirms Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis
A new report released by Alzheimer’s Disease International found that between 2010 and 2050, the total number of seniors who require care will nearly triple from 101 to 277 million. The report estimates that half of those seniors will be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia.
Growing Need for Caregivers
Defining dependence as “the need for frequent human help or care beyond that habitually required by a healthy adult,” the report found that 13 percent of those aged 60 or older are dependent on caregivers.
As the population of those 60 and over continues to increase, the number of those requiring care will also swell, particularly in more developed countries with higher life expectancies. This will create a greater strain on “informal” caregivers, such as friends and relatives, and increase the need for long-term care solutions.
Included in this edition’s round-up is another batch of senior care technologies that promote independence and support desires to safely age in place.
Senior care technology innovations come from all over the world in this week’s lineup. From an Israeli Alzheimer’s memory game making its way to Harvard, to a European collaboration for a robot caregiver, new technologies in the senior care space have yet to show signs of slowing down.
Leading the charge is a unique partnership between General Electric and Startup Health, including a list of their chosen health tech companies to partake in a new growth acceleration program.
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While this might be overstating the obvious, your clientele always leave your service… But Why?
- Funds to cover care are exhausted
- Health issues prevent staying at home
- Care costs from In-home care outweigh the monthly costs of Assisted Living (family makes a financial decision)
Sound familiar? So what can be done?