The elderly are unfortunately at a greater risk than other demographics for abuse and mistreatment.  As such, some policy makers are trying to put the law down as protection. One example of this is in Maine.  Under the sponsorship of New Jersey’s Rep. Josh Gottheimer, the National Senior Investor Initiative Act has been passed.  The…

In 2011, June 15th was designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Codified in the 66/127 resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, it was the response to a request made by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), which, five years earlier, had established the commemoration (in June 2006). The annual…

Our parents always asked that we listen to them, but what happens when they refuse to listen to us? Some adult children are finding that their parents don’t always know best when it comes to their diet, driving, housing, medication and more. Research out of Penn State University, the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging and the Rowan University…

2019 Observance Dates: May 12-18 What are you doing for yourself and others every day? What makes you happy? How are you contributing to your happiness and the happiness of others? Every day, skilled nursing centers like Dry Harbor Rehabilitation assist our seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. Whether it’s…

An increasing number of elderly people throughout the world – spanning both east and west – are living alone.  Here we look at three countries:  Japan, Spain and Canada. It seems that – at least in Japan – more and more elderly are living on their own. According to the National Institute of Population and…

Historically people dressed their age or even older.  Back in the day – especially when people weren’t living as long – a grandmother/nana/grandma really looked the part.  These days grannies can be as young as their mid-40s and certainly don’t want to dress like an old lady.  Plus, fashions have come such a long way…

Many senior drivers grapple with the issue of driving. At what age should seniors stop driving? Is it safe to drive locally? What about highway driving? For seniors who decide to give up driving, this can often be a difficult experience due to the loss of independence it represents. The choice is often a painful…

Reminiscence therapy is a form of therapy that can be used to support elderly patients. This form of treatment engages the use of senses—sight, smell, taste, touch, sound—to help people with dementia recall memories and past events. Photographs and music can act as catalysts that help access pockets of intact long-term memories. Reminiscence therapy centers…

New fields that combine differing specialties have emerged over the past few years. Examples of these “hybrid fields” include medical authors—doctors who are also authors; and behavioral economists, psychologists who study how people spend money. A new focus on supporting the elderly has begun to overlap with several fields. For instance, Leon Watts, a contractor…

As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, it can be leveraged to help seniors who are experiencing a health crisis. Specific programs can record the movements of the elderly, providing details such as eating and sleeping patterns. This information can be used to alert caregivers to physical or cognitive changes. These programs, which can be…

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