ElderNews is a semi-weekly round up of links around the web that touch on topics of aging, death/dying and health care.
- Cognitive stimulation therapy helping dementia patients in the UK. In the facility where I work, the recreation department has a daily structured program in place that is very similar to this concept for our more severely cognitively impaired residents. I can tell you the program does seem to aid in reducing agitation and some other dementia-related behaviors. It would be interesting to gauge as to whether or not CST has any effects on improving our resident's overall cognitive capacity.
- How the Class Act is seeking to set up a Class Program to assist caregivers in managing their loved one's care at home. While every bit of financial assistance is a wonderful thing, I would suggest a minimum cash benefit of $100 a day for those with more skilled care needs. It already costs around $300 per day to reside in a long term care facility, so that would still be a huge savings.
- I love the insights, tips and glimpses into the world of Alzheimer's Speaks. This blog is a beautiful narrative depicting the love a daughter has for her mother who has AD and resides in a nursing facility. Her post about the "surprises" one can encounter when loving and caring for an Alzheimer's individual is truly touching.
- Only about 30% of adults create an Advance Directive. Doctor's need to step it up and encourage more of their patient's to name health care agents and outline their health care wishes before a catastrophic medical event occurs. More importantly, Advance Directives should be drawn up before an elderly loved one is no longer able to articulate his or her wishes.
- The American Geriatric Society Foundation for Health & Aging lists tips to ensure caregivers find good long term care placement for their loved ones.