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Sunday, April 25, 2010

“if you want to die, get better and die at home.”

A Graying Population, a Graying Work Force - NYTimes.com
In an aging population, the elderly are increasingly being taken care of by the elderly. Professional caregivers — almost all of them women — are one of the fastest-growing segments of the American work force, and also one of the grayest.

A recent study by PHI National, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of caregivers, found that in 2008, 28 percent of home care aides were over age 55, compared with 18 percent of women in the overall work force.

The organization projects that from 2008 to 2018, the number of direct care workers, which includes those in nursing homes, will grow to 4.3 million from 3.2 million.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Caregiver Assitive Technologies {Purdue edu}

Rural Caregivers - Assistive Technology
For caregivers, assistive technology, especially aids for daily living (ADLs), can make a world of difference in the lives of the individuals they care for. Whether it is modified utensils, dressing and grooming aids, or mobility aids, these devices give a person more independence to do tasks they otherwise would not be able to do with out assistance. For caregivers, assistive technology can make the job of caring for a loved one much easier.

There are many places for caregivers to turn for assistance. There are many companies that sell difference assistive devices as well as many professionals who are available to offer advice, share their knowledge and offer technical assistance.

Caregiver Resources http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~bng/BNG/Caregiving/assistivetech.html

Changing the perception and experience of aging

Second Wind Dreams® was formed in 1997, growing out of the work of geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S. who co-authored Second Wind, a novel about people living in a nursing home. Over the last twelve years, SWD has become involved in more than 290 eldercare communities in 40 states, Canada and India. The mission of Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) is simple: through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities, SWD seeks to change the perception and experience of aging, empowering elders to age with dignity, hope and joy.

Second Wind Dreams focuses on those living in eldercare communities or in hospice care. These are our seniors who need our assistance most. Family support may be non-existent, money can be at a premium, especially for our Medicaid supported seniors, and these senior adults are often our frailest— the ones who need a dream fulfilled.