As a new feature, the Alliance will scour the blogosphere each week for the news affecting the home care industry. Here are highlights from this week:
Prevent Falls with a Nightlight
Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight. — VNSNY
CDC: Most Recent Flu Vaccine Ineffective For Seniors
This season’s flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective in people 65 and older, which could explain why rates of hospitalization and death have been some of the highest ever recorded for that age group, according to early estimates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For people under 65, getting vaccinated this season reduced the need to go to the doctor for the flu by one-half to two-thirds. — USA Today, via CommonHealthBlog
Talking to Seniors About ID Theft & Financial Security
Identity theft may never happen to one of your senior loved ones – – and we hope it does not. It’s so much easier to take protective steps up front than it is to repair the mess it can become afterward, however, that we should help the seniors in our lives consider and implement those steps. — via Senior Care Corner
Report: Alzheimer’s Cases Could Triple By 2050
Doctors, researchers and public health experts are already bracing for an onslaught of new patients by developing drugs and preparing caregivers for the emotional and physical stress.
“This is an issue that’s going to touch each of us personally or someone that we know and care about,” said Lora Connolly, director of the California Department of Aging, which expects to be serving as many as 1.2 million patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia in the state by 2030. “It won’t happen overnight, but the pressure will continue to mount.” — LA Times, via CommonHealth
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