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  • 01/27/2021 - californiacaregivers
    COVID Vaccine Advised for Alzheimer's Patients, Their Caregivers

    TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- All Alzheimer's disease patients and their family caregivers should be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America says.

     

    "Getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps families affected by Alzheimer's disease can take to protect themselves and their loved ones," said Dr. J. Wesson Ashford, chair of the foundation's medical, scientific and memory screening advisory board.

     

    "Individuals living with Alzheimer's disease are often older and at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19, and family caregivers cannot provide proper care to their loved one if their own health is compromised," Ashford said in a foundation news release.

     

    "COVID-19 has added enormous new hardships for families affected by Alzheimer's disease, but vaccination brings us another step closer to the end of this terrible pandemic," he noted.

     

    The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously hurt families affected by Alzheimer's disease by preventing visits in long-term care settings, cutting off access to in-person therapeutic and respite care programs, and adding enormous stress to family caregivers, the advisory board said.

     

    "The development of the COVID-19 vaccination brings us closer to the end of this terrible, global pandemic, but only if people receive it. We urge all families affected by Alzheimer's disease to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to do so," the board recommended.

     

    The older age of most Alzheimer's patients makes them especially vulnerable to complications from the virus.

     

    Adults 65 and older make up just 16% of the U.S. population but account for 80% of the nation's COVID-19 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

     

    "Getting a loved one vaccinated helps protect them from the COVID-19 virus as well as becoming seriously ill if they do contract it. Caregivers themselves should get the vaccination as further protection because contracting the virus will impact their health and ability to provide care," according to the board.

     

    Moreover, mental and physical stress, which have both significantly increased during the pandemic, can also affect the body's immune system, the board pointed out in their recommendation.

     

    Read the original article here: https://consumer.healthday.com/b-1-26-experts-urge-covid-19-vaccine-for-all-alzheimers-patients-and-their-caregivers-2650058073.html

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  • 01/25/2021 - californiacaregivers
    How to find affordable housing for seniors

    QUESTION: Are there any resources to help seniors find and pay for senior apartments? My aunt, who’s 75 years old, needs to find a new place to live but has very little money. What can you tell me?


    ANSWER: Finding affordable senior housing options can be difficult depending on where your aunt lives. Senior apartments for some retirees are a good option, and a number of government programs can help out financially. Here are some tips that can help you and your aunt find a low-income senior apartment that fits her budget and living preferences.

     

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  • 01/22/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Adopt A Neighbor Campaign Aims To Help Seniors Get Vaccinated

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Seniors may be some of the first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but just making the appointment can be a difficult task when a lot is done through a patient portal online.

     

    “Although my friends were able to help their parents, I worried that there were grownups out there who didn’t have help or computers,” said Steph Baker.

     

    Steph Baker, a Sacramento Realtor, took to Facebook and started up an “Adopt a Neighbor” campaign, calling on everyone to help their fellow seniors get their vaccines, including everything from making phone calls for them to helping them navigate their patient portal.

     

    “Community health comes from all of us being vaccinated and the seniors are the first to get it because they’re most at work.  So helping our seniors are super important to me,” Baker told CBS13.

     

    “I mean, come on, these are people that computers weren’t in their lifetime,” said Pat Beal.

     

    Beal, the Executive Director of the Senior Center of Elk Grove knows patient portals can be difficult for anyone to navigate, especially if the system goes down with so many using them during the pandemic.

     

    “I had a checkup happening. I have three devices. I have my computer, my phone, and my iPad, none of which worked,” said Beal.

     

    While Beal welcomes the idea of neighbors helping seniors, she also stresses make sure you’re passing on the right information.

     

    “I think it’s commendable if someone wants to go help.  I think that’s lovely. I think it shows a big heart and it’s lovely. Just make sure the information that you’re able to get is current because it changes every day,” Beal told CBS13.

     

    Vaccine information for seniors really is changing from one day to the next.  The state epidemiologist said Wednesday, vaccinating Californians 65 and over could now take until June to complete.

     

    Read the full  article here: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2021/01/21/adopt-senior-neighbor-campaign/

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  • 01/21/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Cornflakes: Are they good for diabetes or not?

    Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It is necessary for everyone as it pushes your metabolism and thus helps you burn more calories throughout the day. As per studies, although people who skip breakfast eat slightly fewer calories during the day, they tend to have higher body mass index.

     

    In the hustle and bustle of daily life, many people prefer to consume instant breakfast, cornflakes being one of the most common options. However, the important question that arises here is that are cornflakes healthy? More importantly, are they good or bad for diabetes?

     

    Read the full article here:  https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/cornflakes-are-they-good-for-diabetes-or-not/photostory/80313001.cms?picid=80313006

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  • 01/15/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Where, when and how can you get a COVID vaccine in Sacramento?

    When, where and how will you get your COVID-19 vaccine shot? That’s the biggest and most confusing question in the Sacramento region and California.

     

    The state’s massive inoculation program is still only ramping up, a month after it started, with limited doses of the vaccine arriving on a weekly basis. There are currently not nearly enough doses to launch robust inoculations.

     

    Meanwhile, the state is making 11th-hour changes in the priority list, which is sowing confusion. But those changes are aimed at streamlining and speeding the process in the coming weeks.

     

    For now, health care providers are still scrambling to get injection sites and teams set up. Some are moving faster than others.

     

    Here is the latest from state and local health officials:

     
    WHO’S GETTING THE VACCINE RIGHT NOW?


    Front-line health care workers got first priority, starting in mid-December. Those shots are still ongoing, mainly at local hospitals, likely through the end of this month.

     

    Shots are also being given to residents and staff of skilled nursing homes, which typically house people in their 80s and older. Some people in assisted living facilities and general senior housing have gotten shots too. Typically, those shots are being given at nursing facilities by injection teams from CVS and Walgreens.

     

    In Sacramento and Yolo counties last week, shots expanded to include firefighters and paramedics. Those shots are being given in fire stations or at county health clinics, and will be ongoing for the next month.

     

    Some health care systems, such as UC Davis Health, are now beginning to give shots to some of their member patients who are age 75 and up at in-house clinics they have set. Those shots are invitation and appointment only.

      
    BUT NEWSOM ANNOUNCED ANYONE 65 AN OLDER CAN GET SHOTS, RIGHT?


    Yes, in theory. But it’s complicated. Gov. Gavin Newsom moved that group up to a higher priority tier (Phase 1B, Tier 1), which makes them eligible for shots as soon as their health care provider has enough doses to give the shots at clinics or authorize the shots at a pharmacy.

     

    That 65-plus announcement came as a surprise to local health officials, hospitals, health care companies and clinics. Health care officials complained that what they really need is more vaccine doses in the weekly shipments, and more staffing to get their operations up and running.

     

    On the ground, that means it could be several weeks before Sacramento County has enough vaccines and finalized logistics to actually allow those 65 and older to sign up for appointments.

     

    Read the full article here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article248398995.html

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  • 01/14/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Biogen will use Apple Watch to study symptoms of dementia

    Biogen is launching a new virtual research study in collaboration with Apple, one that will look into how an Apple Watch and iPhone could help monitor a person's cognitive decline, a potential symptom of dementia and neurological diseases. 

     
    The study will last for multiple years, and will launch later in 2021. People across a wide range of ages and cognitive performance levels will be asked to take part by Biogen, with the aim of determining whether wearable devices like the Apple Watch could be used for long-term cognitive performance monitoring. 


    The ultimate goal is to develop digital biomarkers for cognitive performance monitoring over time, which could potentially help detect early signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 


    At present, there are significant delays in recognizing declines in cognitive health, which affects between 15 and 20% of adults over the age of 65. The subtle onset of symptoms, including being easily distracted and memory loss, can potentially take months or even years before it is observed as a cognitive decline by healthcare providers.


    "The successful development of digital biomarkers in brain health would help address the significant need to accelerate patient diagnoses and empower physicians and individuals to take timely action," said Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos."For healthcare systems, such advancements in cognitive biomarkers from large-scale studies could contribute significantly to prevention and better population-based health outcomes, and lower costs to health systems."

     

    Read the full article here:  https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/01/11/biogen-will-use-apple-watch-to-study-symptoms-of-dementia

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  • 01/11/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Three Trends In Senior Care That Offer Opportunities For Health Tech Companies

    Eldercare came front and center as Covid-19 overwhelmed assisted living communities and nursing homes across the country, endangering some of our most vulnerable loved ones at an alarming rate. As of the end of November, there were more than 377,000 positive cases and more than 76,000 resident deaths reported in nursing homes alone. 

     

    However, this attention to our older population’s well-being won’t dissipate when the pandemic ends. America is aging at an unprecedented rate, with seniors soon expected to outnumber young people for the first time in U.S. history. 

     

    As a country, we’re not ready for this demographic sea change — yet. Providing care to an aging population of this magnitude will require significant investments in the form of time, energy and money. And it’ll require a concerted effort from top to bottom, from the healthcare system to the individual level. 

     

    The healthcare technology industry is uniquely suited to meet this need. I believe health tech services will eventually become as commonplace as a Netflix or Amazon Prime membership. Here are three healthcare trends to follow that will shape medical technology in 2021.

     

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  • 01/07/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home: How to Choose the Right Level of Care

    Long-term care options for older adults are more varied than ever. But deciding which option is best for yourself or a loved one can be complicated.

    A good place to begin is by deciding what level of care is right for your circumstances.

    In this article, we’ll help shed light on the differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and how to decide which one is the right choice.

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  • 01/04/2021 - californiacaregivers
    Diabetes, your dog and you

    Between 2006 and 2016, the incidence of diabetes in dogs increased almost 80%! It's now estimated that one in every 300 pooches will get the disease. Beagles, bichons frises, cairn terriers, dachshunds, fox terriers, keeshonds, poodles and pugs are the most often diagnosed.

     

    As dismaying as that info is, it turns out that it also foreshadows humans' risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A Swedish study published in the BMJ followed more than 175,000 middle-aged dog owners for six years. The researchers found owning a dog that had or developed diabetes increased the risk that the owner would also be diagnosed with the condition by 38%!

     
    So, if your best pal is diagnosed with diabetes, let it serve as a wake-up call to you. Clearly you both need more physical activity. For most breeds, walks lasting a total of 30 to 120 minutes a day will keep them healthy. Ask your vet for guidance. And take advantage of the dog-walking schedule to get your full 10,000 steps in (with a dog that doesn't dawdle too badly you can get around 2,500-3,000 steps in 30 minutes). One study found people who walked a loaner dog five days a week lost more than 14 pounds over the course of a year.


    Bonus tip: As you reduce your risk for diabetes one dog walk at a time, opt for diabetes-defeating nutrition with a plant-based diet and lean proteins (salmon, skinless chicken) and ditch ultra-processed foods, added sugars, and red and processed meats.

     

    Read the original article here: https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/drs-oz-roizen-diabetes-your-dog-and-you/article_7f2e15b7-8606-54a2-bfa1-f4972c444a1a.html

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  • 12/31/2020 - californiacaregivers
    4 Paws Animal Rescue finds elderly pets new permanent homes after owners die, go into care

    What happens to elderly pets when their owners pass away or go into aged care? 

    Rescuers say old pets are often dumped or misplaced and, as a result, many are euthanased instead of offered a second chance at life in a new home.

    But Queensland animal rescue shelter 4 Paws is on a mission to change that, so elderly pets are not left homeless or unloved.

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  • 12/29/2020 - caiforniacaregivers
    A Boy Scout troop created a 'hug booth' for nursing home residents who couldn't touch their loved ones

    Sometimes, all you need is a hug.


    But for thousands of nursing home residents across the United States who've been quarantining for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, hugs are a luxury they can't afford.

     

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  • 12/23/2020 - californiacaregivers
    When Can Older Americans Expect to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    Shots are expected to be widely available by mid-2021, but some may get them earlier. 

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  • 12/21/2020 - californiacaregivers
    How SNFs Can Identify Asymptomatic COVID Carriers with Surface Testing

    A picture is becoming all too common with the renewed rise in COVID cases in SNFs and other senior care facilities: a staff member at your SNF tests positive for COVID-19, thus triggering the facility’s testing protocols including immediate contact tracing. This is a time-intensive process, leading to increased testing and anxiety among residents and staff alike. Diagnostic testing often can be an invasive, unpleasant procedure like deep nasal swabbing. What’s more, these tests might result in false negatives for some, which only adds stress and uncertainty to the community during an already stressful time.

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  • 12/18/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Is It Mild Cognitive Impairment or Something Else?

    Mild forgetfulness is often a normal part of aging. But for some people, memory and thinking issues can become more serious as they get older.

    These memory problems can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or keeping up with doctor’s appointments.

    As you get older, it’s important to understand the differences between typical age-related memory issues and conditions like mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.

    Take a look at the infographic below to compare the symptoms of MCI with dementia and normal aging.

    If you’re experiencing consistent memory issues, talk with your doctor to find out the cause.

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  • 12/15/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Starbucks offers free coffee to health care workers, first responders as coronavirus cases rise

    Starbucks is bringing back its free coffee giveaway for first responders and health care workers as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

     

    The Seattle-based coffee giant announced Tuesday that through Dec. 31 "any customer who identifies as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak" will receive a free tall brewed coffee, hot or iced.

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  • 12/15/2020 - californiacaregivers
    The government needs to stop illegal detention of older people

    By Fiona McKenzie
    December 13, 2020
    Original Article

     

    It is 2020. This year I tried to get my parents out of jail many times. It was very hard to do and went on for months. In the end, it was only when my Dad started dying that things really changed.

     

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  • 12/07/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Survivors remember Pearl Harbor from afar in 2020 amid pandemic

    The National Park Service and Navy, which jointly host the annual remembrance in Hawaii, will livestream the event to the public.

     

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  • 12/04/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Create a dementia-friendly holiday season

    COVID-19 continues to impact all facets of life, including how families celebrate holidays. With governmental health agencies recommending limited in-person gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) offers the following tips on creating dementia-friendly celebrations for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease during the pandemic.

     

    “Like almost every other facet of daily life, celebrations need to be adapted this year because of COVID-19,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “There are ways that families living with Alzheimer’s disease can adjust their celebrations in a dementia-friendly manner to protect their loved ones while still connecting with family and friends.”

     

    Families caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease should consider the following steps:

     

    Keep in-person holiday gatherings small

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the safest way to celebrate is at home with the people who you live with — gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

     

    Practice COVID prevention protocol

    If family or friends want to stop by for a brief visit, meet them outside the house, maintain recommended social distancing (six feet or greater) and wear masks. Avoid hugging, shaking hands or any other close contact. Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). If someone is delivering a care package or you are ordering food from a restaurant, have the delivery left at the door.

     

    Connect with loved ones through video chat platforms

    Involve loved ones who would normally be present at an in-person celebration using digital platforms like FaceTime, Zoom or Skype — converse, play games, sing songs, and celebrate together through technology.

     
    Build on past traditions and find new ways to connect

    Activities like looking through old photo albums, singing favorite songs or partaking in familiar traditions (wherever possible) are both fun and forms of reminiscence therapy, which can aid memory recall, reduces stress and bring joy. You can also create new traditions; find things they are able to do and enjoy, such as listening to music, making signs and pictures, helping with the meal preparation, watching sports and movies at homes, and spend time doing these activities with them. To the greatest extent possible, ask the person what traditions are important to them, so you can prioritize and plan.

     

    Keep them involved

    Find ways to maintain the person’s involvement in the holiday celebration. If they are used to doing the holiday cooking, keep them involved by inviting them into the preparation process. If they enjoyed music, play some of their favorite holiday songs or ones from their favorite era.

     

    Be sensitive to the individual’s needs

    Try to maintain the person’s normal routine as much as possible. If the person usually takes an afternoon walk, build in time for that. If they go to bed earlier in the evening, hold the celebration earlier in the day so that everyone can participate. Have comforting items and activities available to help. Also, make sure that the individual is well rested. If your loved one becomes agitated, help to identify the unmet need.

     

    Be open

    Consider sharing beneficial information with family and friends regarding the person’s health prior to a gathering, especially with those who do not see that individual regularly. This will enable them to understand where the person may be in the disease progression, so that they know how they can be helpful and supportive.

     

    Families who have questions or would like additional information can speak with a licensed social worker through AFA’s Helpline by calling 866-232-8484 or via web chat through AFA’s website, www.alzfdn.org. The helpline is open seven days a week.

     
     

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  • 12/02/2020 - californiacaregivers
    2020’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections

    Abuse happens every day and takes many forms. But vulnerable older Americans are among the easiest targets for this misconduct, especially those who are women, have disabilities and rely on others for care. By one estimate, elder abuse affects as much as ten percent of the population older than 60, and many cases go unreported – as many as 13 of every 14 instances. Our elderly population is increasingly vulnerable this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s especially important to make sure they have adequate living conditions and don’t get taken advantage of financially.

     

    Unless states take action to prevent further abuse, the problem will grow as America becomes an increasingly aging nation. The U.S. Census Bureau expects the population aged 65 and older to nearly double from 43.1 million in 2012 to 85.7 million in 2050, much to the credit of aging Baby Boomers who began turning 65 in 2011. And by just 2030, 1 in 5 U.S. residents will be retirement age.

     

    Fortunately, states recognize that elder abuse is a real and growing issue. But sadly, only some are fighting hard enough to stop it. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 16 key indicators of elder-abuse protection in 3 overall categories. Our data set ranges from “elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints” to “financial elder-abuse laws.”

     

    Read the full article and guide here: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-elder-abuse-protection/28754

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  • 11/30/2020 - californiacaregivers
    National Diabetes Month

    November is a typically a busy month in the middle of the holiday season, but it is also known for being National Diabetes Month. There are people out in the world who have to deal with diabetes everyday, and some people may not understand what they go through to stay healthy. This time is an opportunity to learn more about diabetes to support others and prevent yourself from developing it.

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