Get Rid of Old Meds

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If you have old and unused medications stashed around your house — or if your elder parents have them — make a note of the 2012 Take-Back Initiative. It’s sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and coming right up on April 28th (that’s this Saturday). Participants can safely get rid of pills and bottles that are sitting around in medicine chests and kitchen cabinets.

Use this handy site locator to find a location near your home. Note that each site will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Download a poster about the event.

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Golf Carts Drive Off-Course, but Not By Seniors

Why do people who could (and should) be walking spend so much time in golf carts? Our wonderful cottage community is a delightful place to live with amazing and thoughtful people who come from near and far to spend time each summer. I think that it is one of the most pleasantly walkable places on earth. But golf carts, with their dust and fumes and unmonitored speeds, are frustrating, and I’ll state right up front that this problem exists in a lot of places, not just where we vacation.

Don’t get me wrong. If one of my parents, now 83 and 88, had a lot of difficulty walking or became disabled and therefore required a golf cart to move around our little community, I’d rent one in a flash. Moreover, just last week my dad needed an ambulance, and I am grateful that rescue squad volunteers used their golf carts to get to him as fast as possible.

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Cultural Changes Wrought By Aging in the ‘Burbs

According to a Washington Post story, If Baby Boomers Stay in Suburbia, Analysts Predict Cultural Shift, the suburbs are already experiencing a huge cultural transition as their populations age. Many locations are already making substantial program and infrastructure changes as they prepare for what will be a wave of graying residents (sometimes referred to as a gray tsunami).

The June 28, 2011 article, by Carol Morello, features an eye-opening graph depicting, by location, the increasing numbers of over-65 residents. Most communities, the article points out, are behind in addressing the issues that result from the increasing numbers of seniors.

Green House Project Conference – Live Streaming

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community Planned Green House

Information about the conference is from the Changing Aging website and more information is available there.  Because of continuing interest in the Green House Homes movement, and after posting four Green House Homes pieces, on this blog, I am planning to listen in to these presentations, and you can, too.  See the information below.

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You can view the conference livestream from The Green House website here. Here’s a schedule for the sessions that will be broadcast live, including Dr. Bill Thomas and panels featuring elders and shahbazim:

September 29th@ 9:00-10:00a EDT

  • Elderhood: on Being and Doing,Dr. Bill Thomas, Founder of the Eden Alternative and The Green House Model

September 29th @ 4:15-5:15p EDT

  • Elders Rule! Panel of Elders Talk about a Life Worth Living!

September 30th @ 1:30-2:30p EDT

  • In a Different Voice,Panel of Shahbazim
As Our Parents Age has published a series of articles on the planning and building of Green House Homes, a concept developed by Dr. Bill Thomas.  The series includes: Green Houses for Older EldersReplacing a Nursing Community with Green House Homes, Nuts and Bolts of Green House Planning, and Building a Green House Home – The Inside.  To learn even more about Green House® Homes go to the web site and request the DVD and/or guide-book.

Dementia: The Problem of Wandering

The May 4, 2010 New York Times features a health article, More With Dementia Wander from Home, focusing on the problems families experience when a family member with dementia wanders and gets lost. The piece explains how a rising number of confused dementia patients are walking away from home, requiring the development of new policing and emergency management techniques. If you are not a regular NYTimes reader, this is a not-to-be-missed article.

Aging Parents: Hospital Acquired Infections

This year alone I know five people who entered the hospital for surgery and then became terribly ill with hospital acquired infections (HAIs), also called nosocomial infections. One person I know had a second HAI after surviving the first one. Is it unusual to know this many people, or is the problem getting worse and worse?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, recently reported some interesting facts about nosocomial infections. The new statistics in this annual report are scary for anyone spending time in a hospital setting but especially for elderly patients: Continue reading