Elderly people are most at risk for shingles, this blistering disease, with its often in intense pain, it’s threat to vision and the associated nerve pain sometimes lasts months even years after the initial rash fades. Almost all Americans harbor varicella zoster virus that causes shingles; they acquired it with childhood chickenpox whether they knew they had the disease or not. The virus can stay dormant until, for unknown reasons it erupts decades later. The risk rises sharply after age 50. When one reaches 80 There is a one in two chance of getting shingles. Zostavax can a eliminate/prevent 50% of the cases of shingles among the elderly. Shingrix Which will be available by early 2018 with an 97% effectiveness rate in adults over age 50 and then 90% effective rate for adults over 80. This is an extremely vigorous response in the elderly to a vaccine. So you have a choice and Shingrix is the most effective and lasts longer than Zostavax.
Chronic pain is not good for the heart, lungs, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system and it can also cause depression and emotional problems. Responsible use of opioids is crucial to managing the pain of millions of Americans. Hospice programs and “comfort care” options are of a key part of any health care system. Individual human beings need to know that when they get very sick and are dying that their pain will be controlled. We are going to make it harder for these individuals to get adequate pain control. There are many elderly people who aren’t actively dying but have chronic pain who need to be able to sleep comfortably at night. We need to let them have access to opioids. We can’t deny pain relief to suffering people because we’re worried about drug abuse! I don’t know if the ‘War on Drugs’ is working or if it’s a failure but I do know that chronic and acute pain cause an awful lot of pain in our society, not only for those who suffer directly from the pain but it also affects their loved ones and family. Pain is not natural and it needs to be controlled. Let’s not confused adequate pain control with the ‘War on Drugs.
Ninety percent of Aging Life Care Managers use or recommend the use of “fiblets” by adult
children of aging parents with dementia as a way to ease anxiety and protect self-esteem,
finds a survey by the Aging Life Care Association™. When an aging parent with Alzheimer’s
is refusing needed care and when they can no longer drive safely alone are the two most
frequently cited situations when “fiblets” can be therapeutic according to the Aging Life Care
From our earliest days we are taught never to lie, especially never
to our mother or father. However, a survey of Aging Life Care™
experts reveals that telling a “fiblet” can actually be therapeutic
when adult children are faced with telling painful truths to aging
parents with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Over 90 percent of Aging Life Care Professionals™ surveyed say
they have used or recommended the strategy to relieve stress
and anxiety and protect self-esteem of an elderly person. The
situation cited most in the survey by experts as an appropriate
and helpful use of a “fiblet” is when a senior is refusing clearly needed care or assistance at their home. For example,
telling an aging parent with Alzheimer’s that a paid caregiver is coming to their home for their spouse’s benefit or for
another concrete role can help them maintain pride and reduce anxiety.
Aging Life Care Professionals cite this situation as one of the most common and difficult faced by families. Aging Life
Care Professionals help families and loved ones deal with some of the most sensitive and challenging issues when
helping aging parents. .
BEAT THE HEAT: SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR AGING ADULTS
With temperatures already breaking 100° in parts of the country,the dog days of summer are here and it will only get hotter. This raises some concerns for Aging adults, in particular may be at higher risk of heat related maladies as they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Additionally as we grow older, our bodies become less efficient in regulating body temperature. Certain health conditions and medications can also make it more difficult for the body to regulate its temperature or to perspire. STAY HYDRATED–Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to take fluids. Minimize caffeine and and alcohol. Eat lots of fresh fruit. Add lemon or lime to make water more palatable.
Keep your home as cool as possible, run the Air Conditioner during the hottest times of the day. Let cool air in at night.
Do errands the require going outside during the cooler times of the day. Get plenty of rest. Take a cool shower or bath.
Aging Life Care, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges.Working with families the expertise of Aging Life Care Professional provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love thus reducing, stress and time off work for family caregivers through:
*Assessment and monitoring
*Planning and problem solving
*Education and advocacy
*Family caregiver coaching
My expertise as an Registered Nurse for over 38 years enable me to assist families in many areas including:
Health and Disability, Housing, Families,Local Resources, Advocacy, Legal, Financial, and Crisis Prevention.
Enjoy your day, your family and your life.