Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Age Strong! Live Long! May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month Archive
May is Older Americans Month
History of Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy's meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month."

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter's 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called "Older Americans Month," and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

Past Older Americans Month Themes

* 1978 - Older Americans and the Family
* 1984 - Health: Make it Last a Lifetime
* 1985 - Help Yourself to Independence
* 1986 - Plan on Living the Rest of Your Life
* 1992 - Community Action Begins with You: Help Older Americans Help Themselves
* 1993 - No theme selected (proclamation signed on May 25, 1993)
* 1994 - Aging: An Experience of a Lifetime
* 1995 - Aging: Generations of Experience
* 1996 - Aging: A Lifetime Opportunity
* 1997 - Caregiving: Compassion in Action
* 1998 - Living Longer, Growing Stronger in America
* 1999 - Honor the Past, Imagine the Future: Towards a Society for All Ages
* 2000 - In the New Century. . . . The Future is Aging
* 2001 - The Many Faces of Aging
* 2002 - America: "A Community for all Ages"
* 2003 - What We Do Makes A Difference.”
* 2004 - Aging Well, Living Well
* 2005 - Celebrate Long-term Living
* 2006 - Choices For Independence
* 2007 - Making Choices for a Healthier Future
* 2008 - Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities
* 2009 - Living Today for a Better Tomorrow
* 2010 - Age Strong! Live Long!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The number of unpaid family caregivers in the United States now tops 65 million

The Secret Caregivers
The Secret Caregivers

By Gail Sheehy, May & June 2010

Men care for their loved ones more often than we know. Why do they hide it? Inside their silent burdens and bittersweet rewards

The number of unpaid family caregivers in the United States now tops 65 million, involving more than three in ten households, according to "Caregiving in the U.S. 2009," a report conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) in collaboration with AARP, and funded by the MetLife Foundation. Despite a common stereotype that caregiving is women's work, one third of American caregivers are men, the report reveals.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2009

Caregiving in the U.S. 2009
By: National Alliance for Caregiving in Collaboration with AARP; Funded by The MetLife Foundation | December 2009

Monday, May 3, 2010

How to make a visit to the physician easier for AD patient.

Pleasantries Adult Day Services - Marlboro, Massachusetts - Alternative Alzheimer’s care
Tammy Pozerycki
Owner & Director

Writes in a
Pleasantries A.D.S. newsletter:
It is important that your loved one with Alzheimer's disease have regular visits to his or her physician. These visits should address all medical and behavioral issues which may be related to Alzheimer's disease. In order to experience a productive appointment with the physician, try the following suggestions:

* Choose a "good" time of day for the appointment time (most likely morning will be best.)

* Bring along an activity that your loved one enjoys (books, sorting activity, coloring, etc) as well as a snack and water. This will prepare you for an unexpected wait time.

* Bring a list of all medication including over-the-counter. Create a list of questions in preparation of the minimal time available with the doctor.

* Depending on your situation, it may be helpful to bring someone else with you, such as a close friend or family member.

* Discuss what you can expect for the future and advance directives.

* It is good to take notes as there will be much discussed in a short amount of time.

* Be open and honest. If you are not happy or satisfied with the physician, make he or she aware of your concerns. Switching physicians can be confusing to your loved one and possibly detrimental in the longrun. If discussed, the issues may be resolved.