From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Shingles Vaccine Age Range

by Lois Etienne on January 30, 2012

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The FDA has approved Zostavax, a vaccine for shingles, for use for anyone over 50 now. The guidelines before were only for those over the age of 60 but they discovered that the risk seems to increase around 50. Nearly 1 million cases of shingles are diagnosed each year in the US. The incidence [...]

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Reducing Fall Risks

by Lois Etienne on January 27, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The most profound effect of falling is the loss of independent functioning. For those 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number jumps to 1 in 10 when you’re over 85. Then there’s the stat that says 25% of those who actually fracture their hip will [...]

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Risk of Falls

by Lois Etienne on January 25, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Every year, over 1.5 million older adults visit emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. The direct costs associated with fall injuries is almost $20 billion per year and are expected to increase to over $50 billion by 2020! And these figures don’t include the costs from the long-term effects such as disability, loss of independence [...]

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Will There Be Enough Doctors?

by Lois Etienne on January 23, 2012

in Legal,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet By 2030, when the last baby boomer turns 65, there will be about 70 million seniors in the US. There is great concern that there will not be enough physicians to care for them. Very few doctors choose geriatrics as a specialty because with current reimbursement practices, it’s difficult to earn a living. In [...]

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Tweet I just thought I might introduce myself to some of you who might be reading this. My name is Lois and I started a Home Instead Senior Care franchise over 15 years ago in WA State. I was an ICU RN for 10 years before that, a lab tech before that, served in the [...]

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Tweet Five million adults over age 65 have Alzheimer’s. In the USA Today, the Alzheimer’s Association’s president, Harry Johns, discusses some misconceptions about caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.  Many people mistakenly think Medicare will help, and people can go into nursing homes. The truth is, 70% of Alzheimer’s patients live at home and are [...]

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Tweet We’re looking for VOTES!!!! Help make Home Instead the “Best of 2012” by going to this site and filling out the Federal Way Mirror newspaper’s survey. Of course, while you are there, vote for all of your other favorite businesses. Go to: http://www.federalwaymirror.com/survey/ and register to fill out the ballot. With your ballot submission, you [...]

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Salute to Senior Service

by Lois Etienne on January 13, 2012

in Lifestyle

Tweet Home Instead Senior Care® has announced the Salute to Senior ServiceSMprogram. The program, which launched this month, will include a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state and culminate with the selection of a national Salute to Senior Service winner during Older Americans Month in May. State Senior HeroSM winners will [...]

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Volunteering has Many Benefits

by Lois Etienne on January 11, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Seventy percent of seniors who volunteer indicate they plan on volunteering “forever.” This percentage is slightly higher for senior volunteers who suffer from chronic health problems. In fact, managing chronic conditions and maintaining health are important motivations. Three-fourths of senior volunteers surveyed who have chronic conditions say that staying active through volunteering helps them [...]

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Seniors are Volunteering

by Lois Etienne on January 9, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet You’ll likely find them around every corner: senior volunteers who make a difference each day in local churches, community organizations, neighborhoods, senior centers and health care organizations. In total, these unsung heroes are making a bigger impact than ever as local budgets evaporate and community needs escalate. About half of U.S. seniors volunteer their [...]

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