“Just Keep Holding On” – song about Coping & Alzheimer’s

Tom Janicik and Patricia Mock’s song titled “Just Keep Holding On” was inspired by the impact of Alzheimer’s on both of their Mom’s and their family’s lives.

If I get too carried away by a new home health care technology, this video can remind me of its purpose. Thanks to Tom & Patricia for producing it. You can find other Alzheimer’s resources are in our Resources page and related videos referenced above.

Our goal here is to help people stay at home in familiar and loving surroundings as long as possible rather than in institutions, and we’re always seeking new ways to do that with technology, even if it just delays the inevitable. If you’ve found new solutions to issues you faced, please share with a Reply below.

Grandparents play bigger role in child-rearing

Eileen and Doug Flockhart

Eileen and Doug Flockhart laugh as she holds a picture of their seventh grandchild near a wall full of family photos in their home in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

According to this Associated Press article by Hope Yen, America is swiftly becoming a granny state.

Less frail and more involved, today’s grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.

Census data shows that grandparents make up 1 in 4 adults and are growing at twice the rate of the overall population. They’re projected to make up 1 in 3 adults by 2020.

Not yet frail or disabled, grandparents are increasingly shunning retirement homes to stay close to family. AARP says 90% of them would rather age-in-place in their own home than be forced into institutional care, and that’s the primary audience of Modern Health Talk.

Baby Boomers, also called the “sandwich generation” because their time is split between their grown children and grandchildren on one hand and more senior parents on the other, are relatively affluent and tech-aware. They’re motivated to find solutions that lets them live the lifestyle they want and can generally afford them. That includes home modifications with Universal Design principals that work for any age or ability, digital home technologies that include video chats with remote family and friends, and telehealth solutions for home health care.

Read the AP article for the whole story.

Taking In a Roommate Late in Life can Ease Burdens

Story by Emily Liedel, video produced by Tamir Elterman, Farhod Family and Emily Liedel

In late spring, 81-year-old Anna Novak got up to use the bathroom in the early hours when her feet stopped cooperating with the rest of her body. She fell, hitting her head and left arm against the bathtub. “Antimina!” she yelled.

Antimina Garmley, the 65-year-old retired nurse who has lived with Anna Novak since July 2010, was sleeping in the next room. She jumped out of bed and ran into the bathroom. Kevin Novak, about to get ready for work, heard his mother scream, and hurried across the hall.

Anna Novak had broken a finger, dislocated her wrist and gashed her left eyebrow. Her son picked her up off the floor and Garmley bandaged her head before driving her to the hospital. Kevin Novak, a sewage treatment technician, went to work as scheduled. …continued…


Home Healthcare cuts Costs, Readmissions

Home Healthcare cuts Costs, ReadmissionsHome Health Care Results in Fewer Hospitalizations for Patients with Chronic Diseases Compared to Other Post-Hospital/Post-Acute

Washington, D.C. June 24, 2011Home health care – after an initial hospital visit for patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure (CHF) – resulted in an estimated 20,426 fewer hospital readmissions compared to patients with these same conditions receiving other post-acute services, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health LLC. The fewer readmissions saved Medicare an estimated $670 million from October 2006-September 2009.

The new analysis also revealed that home health use after an initial hospital visit resulted in a $2.81 billion reduction in post-hospital Medicare Part A spending over the October 2006-September 2009 time period, compared to patients receiving other post-acute services. If the beneficiaries who received other post-acute services after the initial hospitalization had used home health instead, Medicare Part A spending over the same period could have been further reduced by $2.07 billion.

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