Elderly

Effects of depressive symptoms on health behavior practices among older adults with vision loss.

OBJECTIVE: The authors examined the interface between visual impairment and depressive symptoms on health behaviors, self-care, and social participation among adults ages 65 and older. METHOD: The authors analyzed data from the 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey on visual impairment and depressive symptoms for 49,278 adults ages 65 and older, comparing visually impaired adults (n […]

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A national initiative to train long-term care staff for disaster response and recovery.

A 3-year national initiative entitled “PREPARE: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Training for the Long-Term Care Workforce” had the purpose of training long-term care (LTC) healthcare providers with the core competencies necessary to respond to and recover from large-scale disasters and public health emergencies. Older adults in LTC settings comprise a vulnerable population requiring special attention […]

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Pharmacist-based intervention to prepare residents of assisted-living facilities for emergencies.

OBJECTIVE: To assess views of disaster preparation and readiness of assisted-living residents after a comprehensive program developed and presented by pharmacists on the importance of preparing for an emergency, specifically regarding organizing of medical information. METHODS: Four assisted-living facilities were identified throughout Rhode Island to participate in a 30-minute program conducted by two pharmacists who […]

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SWIFT: a rapid triage tool for vulnerable older adults in disaster situations.

BACKGROUND: In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, causing many people, including vulnerable older adults, to evacuate to safe surroundings. Approximately 23,000 evacuees–many of them 65 years old or older, frail, and lacking family to advocate for their care–arrived at the Reliant Astrodome Complex in Houston, Texas. There […]

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Assistive Technologies Research: Independent Living for Elderly Persons

An intelligent emergency response system: preliminary development and testing of automated fall detection. Lee T, Mihailidis A. Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Laboratory, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada. J Telemed Telecare. 2005;11(4):194-8. We have designed an intelligent emergency response system to detect falls in the home. It uses image-based sensors. A pilot […]

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Assistive Technology fact sheet

Eldercare Locator of the Department of Health and Human Services   Format             Fact Sheet                  This fact sheet defines assistive technology, discusses the benefits of assistive technology, describes the factors that seniors should consider when deciding to purchase assistive technology,  provides a case study of how conducting a needs assessment and working with a […]

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Disaster preparedness and the chronic disease needs of vulnerable older adults.

About 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition that makes them more vulnerable than healthy people during a disaster. These chronic conditions – combined with the physiological, sensory, and cognitive changes experienced as part of aging – result in frail older adults having special needs during emergencies. Planning and coordination among public […]

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Housing assets and the socio-economic determinants of health and disability in old age.

The influence of socio-economic determinants among the elderly is a complex subject. Although they rely on pension income, the wealth that they have accumulated over their lifetime (primarily housing assets), jointly with housing-related determinants, could have a more significant effect on health production. Hence, owning a house has more potential than income for reducing health […]

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Short-term changes in and predictors of participation of older adults after stroke following acute care or rehabilitation.

BACKGROUND: Stroke can lead to restrictions in participation in daily activities and social roles. Although considered an important rehabilitation outcome, little is known about participation after stroke and its predictors, and about the differences associated with the types of services provided following stroke. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were 1) to follow and compare […]

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Natural disasters and older US adults with disabilities: implications for evacuation.

We analysed 2003 and 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA to produce estimates of the number of community dwelling people aged 65 years or older with a disability and requiring special equipment.(4) Approximately, 47,840 (31.6 per cent) older adults with a disability and 24,938 (16.6 per cent) older adults […]

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