Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Of course finding their stand on this issue takes some digging. I found no clear answers at the Obama site when searching the issues of families, healthcare and seniors.
Ditto on the McCain site though I give him credit for having a search function.
And that should tell you something right there.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Better Business Bureau is investigating a nationwide scam that preys on the emotions of senior citizens for money. It works like this. You receive a call from a person claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter. They claim they are in trouble and need money immediately. Helen Broskea of
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I have been citing a Yale study in my Meaning of Life keynote that states that people with positive perceptions of aging on average live 7.5 years longer. In the New York Times today, some of that study has been cited in anticipation of a follow up study being done.
Becca Levy, an associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at
“Those little insults can lead to more negative images of aging,” Dr. Levy said. “And those who have more negative images of aging have worse functional health over time, including lower rates of survival.”
In her forthcoming study, Dr. Levy found that older people exposed to negative images of aging, including words like “forgetful,” “feeble” and “shaky,” performed significantly worse on memory and balance tests; in previous experiments, they also showed higher levels of stress.
The worst offenders are often health care workers, said Kristine Williams, a nurse gerontologist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
I talk a lot about examining the total health care experience, before, during and after hospialization; the experience of living in an assisted living or nursing facility, etc. One of the pieces of the experience that needs to be examined are the conversations among caregivers to patients or residents. Their words can boost someone up or bring someone down. And that has real, proven health consequences.