Support Caregiver Safety Net: Increased CRC Funding Needed

Throughout the state of California, a network of 11 Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) provides support, training, and other assistance to family caregivers of older adults, primarily with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, and strokes. While CRCs are now available nationwide, California established the first statewide network of caregiver support organizations. Services offered by the state’s CRC network include respite care, educational workshops, legal consultation, caregiver support groups, information and referral. Millions of California residents and their families benefit from the program, which allows many individuals to remain in their homes, cared for larg

Aging in Place: Senate Committee Explores Technology Benefits

We talk a lot about harnessing technology for senior care at Homecare California, and it’s encouraging to see that the subject is getting attention in the halls of Congress. Last week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on the topic, “Aging in Place: Can Advances in Technology Help Seniors Live Independently?” The purpose of the hearing was to educate the committee about the potential of aging in place technology for older adults. Participating in the hearing, led by ranking member Claire McCaskill (D – Missouri), were senior care and technology experts, as well as a family caregiver. Testimony from participants spoke to the benefits of such technology as telehealth with a

Exercise for a Lifetime

Exercise is a critical part of a healthy living plan for any older adult. Yet researchers have found that only 1 in 4 individuals between the ages of 65 and 74 get any regular exercise. Some older adults believe that they are too old for exercise, citing health problems and fear of injury as two of the primary reasons they don’t participate in regular exercise. However, we know that exercise improves stamina, reduces the incidence of falls, decreases many symptoms of chronic disease, and promotes better mental health. As a matter of fact, many of the symptoms that are associated with old age, such as balance problems and weakness, are symptoms more of inactivity than they are of age. Just ho

Positive Aging: 9 Mental Health Wellness Tips

If it’s May, it must be Older Americans Month. Did you know it is also national Mental Health Month? It seems only fitting that these two commemorative dates fall in the same month. For millions of American seniors, maintaining good mental health is a key component in the healthy aging process. The National Council on Aging estimates that about one in four older adults have some type of mental disorder. We also know that older adults have a suicide rate that twice that of the general population. Mental illness is NOT a normal part of the aging process, and seniors have actually been found to experience fewer mental health problems overall (excluding dementia) as they grow older. However, old

Aging in Place: How to Deal with Resistance

As we’ve previously noted, over 80% of older adults say they want to remain at home as the age. The CDC has defined “aging in place” as the ability to live in one’s own home and community – safely, independently, and comfortably – regardless of one’s age, income, or ability level. Yet as cherished as the goal of remaining in the home is for millions of Americans, one recent survey found that individuals are not making practical decisions that support this goal. Design consultant M.J. Lee found that only 24% or baby boomers and 38% of non-boomers had made any home modifications age they aged, while an additional 12-13% had relocated to a more accommodating home environment. In total, 57% of t

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