End-of-Life, Healthcare

Doctor on Doctor Crime

Her heart was failing; her ejection fraction was unmeasurable. Her hip was broken, and she developed a pulmonary embolism post-operatively. She was painfully close to death. Yet at some point, the hospital finished, and spit her out at the nursing home. She was confused. I tried to take the best history that I could. Her… Continue reading Doctor on Doctor Crime

Aging/Gerontology, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health, Videos

Elder Abuse

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Elder Abuse: A topic many do not want to think about, but unfortunately it is a reality. Take a look at the video below and give me your thoughts. The video is educational, worth watching and a great teaching tool. Share it with others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_LG3EtcFco&feature=share&list=PL6114E161CE0C0CD2

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Geriatric Social Worker

This is worth reading from the perspective of a geriatric social worker-one who works with seniors..... http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/I_Am_a_Geriatric_Social_Worker%3A_A_Walking,_Talking,_Living_Resource_For_All_Your_%22What_Ifs%22/

Aging/Gerontology, News

Seniors cared for in hospitals as no where else to go….

Seniors/older adults go to the hospital due to illness, disease, crisis and then what?"national statistics show there were 4, 200 so-called Bed Blockers across the country, half of them waiting to get into Long Term Care."There needs to be an affordable solution. Home with care or LTC placement? More of both need to be created, but… Continue reading Seniors cared for in hospitals as no where else to go….

Healthcare

Creative Solution to the Senior Population in Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy is implementing an 'adopt' a senior idea to provide additional support to the over 65 demographic. - "Italy has the highest percentage of elderly people in Europe and by 2050 it is estimated that one person in two will be aged over 60 and one in six over 80." Read this article and… Continue reading Creative Solution to the Senior Population in Milan, Italy

Healthcare, News

The Council on Healthy Aging in Canada to be Created

Canada is facing demographic challenges driven largely by the transition of baby-boomers into their retirement years and the steady lengthening of life expectancy. By the year 2015, baby-boomers will be 50-65 years old—by 2035 the youngest boomers will largely have retired.  By then, almost a quarter of the Canadian population will be seniors in need… Continue reading The Council on Healthy Aging in Canada to be Created

Aging/Gerontology, Healthcare, News

Housing for Older Adults with Physical Limitations

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I came across this article on housing for seniors/older adults with high needs in London, Ontario. Everything about the housing unit is for an individual who is in a wheelchair and has physical disabilities. Wide doorways, low light switches, a shower built for a wheelchair to roll right in, doors that… Continue reading Housing for Older Adults with Physical Limitations