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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas offers a free helpline, which provides assistance and referral information on government funded programs, non-profit agencies, and for-profit businesses that serve seniors in our county.