Thursday, June 27, 2013

America's Health Rankings

The United Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization that publishes a report called "America's Health Rankings Senior Report". The 2013 report ranks all 50 states according to the health of their seniors and uses 34 different measures of health ranging from smoking and obesity to Intensive Care Unit usage. Florida's overall rank was 30. Florida's strengths include:
  • a high prevalence of health screenings     
  • a high percentage of diabetes management     
  • a high percentage of hospice care  
Florida needs improvement in:
  • a limited availability of home health care workers 
  • a high prevalence of chronic drinking 
  • a low percentage of volunteerism
You can read more about the Florida rankings here.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Plant City Senior Fun Fest

The Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest will be held on Thursday, June 27th at the Strawberry Festival Expo Hall from 9am - 2:00pm. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature:
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Live Music
  • Senior Friendly Sports Center
  • free coffee and goodies
  • free bingo and giveaways
             Strawberry Festival Expo Hall            
             2202 W. Reynolds St.  
             Plant City, FL

You can call for directions at this number: 813-752-9194. For more information, you can click here for the event flier.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th, 2013. According to the Administration on Aging, "Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation". What are some of the warning signs of elder abuse?
  • Signs of neglect: lack of basic hygiene, medical aids (i.e. glasses, medications), left without care if confined to a bed, or untreated bed sores.
  • financial abuse: caregiver has control of the senior's finances and does not use the money to take care of the senior's needs or the older adult is giving large amounts of money or gifts to their caregiver.
  • psychological abuse 
  • physical abuse
You can learn more about the signs of abuse here and learn more on what you can do to protect Seniors from abuse by reading the National Center on Elder Abuse factsheet. In addition, the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs also has a webpage about how to report elder abuse and how to prevent it.

If you suspect that an older adult is being abused, you should call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873. Another great resource is the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas elder helpline: 1-800-963-5337. If the senior lives at a nursing home or assisted living facility, a volunteer from the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman program may be able to help. You can contact them via the elder helpline: 1-800-963-5337.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Taking Care - a PBS Long-Term Care Series

PBS NewsHour has launched “Taking Care” - a series of six reports on the challenges of long-term care. The first one aired on May 30th and the video is provided below. It is a video profile of Mary Wyant. You can find supplemental information about the broadcast and links to Alzheimer resources here.