Older Adults and Emergencies This past summer our temperatures soared high into the 90’s and 100’s and severe thunderstorms caused power outages for many people from Illinois to Washington, D.C. to Virginia and Ohio. During Hurricane Sandy, many older adults were challenged by the loss of power and heat, but an even bigger effect of […]
Animal assisted activities provides opportunities for motivational, recreational, educational, and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance quality of life. It has been shown to significantly decrease passive behaviors and significantly improve mood.
A variety of factors have caused younger and older generations to be less connected than they used to be. Children are very busy with school Parents are working full-time Grandparents live in other states instead of next door Neighborhoods are no longer united through a sense of community First Intergenerational Program According to Generations United, […]
With technology being such a large part of society today, it is important that there are programs available to teach older adults basic computer skills in a way that is accessible to them. As of 2008, only 35% of older adults 65 or better were using the internet. Although there are some computer literacy programs available, I believe there is a large need for additional classes and instruction for older adults. This article reviews a few options for computer literacy for older adults including Rush Unviersity’s ConnectedLiving Program.
Can technology used to help older adults live at home be beneficial or is it a negative thing? Monitoring systems have been created to help keep older adults safe while living alone at home. There are challenges to the system, but it allows long-distance family members to monitor from afar.
Nursing home reform is finally a hot button issue and it doesn’t hurt to dream big about what nursing homes can look like in the future. More nursing homes are moving away from a model where residents’ schedules and care are dictated by the staff. They are also moving away from dark, loud, over stimulating environments. The transition to a nursing home can be difficult, but there is a movement in the United States that might make this transition a bit easier.