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Why Elder Care Should Matter to You Too

24 Aug

I’m committed to finding ways to advocate for aging populations. And while I’ve been lax with original content for this space, I have been dutifully keeping up with the latest in issues relating to seniors, aging, dementia and elder care. I do so by reading as much as I can on these subjects whenever I can steal a moment.

With a rapidly aging global population and the likelihood of more individuals than ever before being afflicted with dementia,there seems to be a new study or report released every day. Many of these studies are from  highly reputable institutions. Others are from businesses looking to profit off the coming “grey tsunami” .
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Sifting Through Studies About Aging

28 Jul

Recently I wrote about my continuing interest in studies relating to aging populations. Now I want to tell you how I determine if a report is worth sharing with others.  This may not be how you go about it, but for an individual with a non-medical background who is neither an economist or a gerontologist, this is what works best for me.
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When deciding if a study merits attention, I look to which organization commissioned the study and how many people were followed in order to achieve the reported results.  For instance:  if a report released by the Coca Cola Company claimed that increased soft drink consumption can cure Alzheimer’s, I’m not going to give that report any attention. Same goes for medical reports that looked at an extremely small cross-section of the population to come up with the stated results. Don’t get me wrong. I know there are some hard working scientists behind these reports. And I understand some of the medical findings may be significant down the road.  I hope many of them will lead to a greater understanding of age-related illness.  I just don’t want to be putting out false hope (or fear) based on results of a small sample size.
I share what I deem to be the more interesting information through my Twitter account. I hope you will follow along with me. If you’re not following already, my Twitter handle is @judila416.

Dementia and Aging Aren’t Synonomous

25 Jun

I had my introduction to dementia on my uncle’s 91st birthday. He had been hospitalized and it was the first time I heard the term Lewy Body disease. Prior to his late 80s my uncle’s retirement years were anything but typical: at 65 he started a business and ran it quite successfully for well over 20 years. He read voraciously and could converse about complicated subjects with utter confidence.  He lived independently and his only health complaints were poor hearing and arthritic knees.

Looking back, signs of my uncle having dementia appeared long before that visit to the hospital. But I mistakenly believed those indicators were part and parcel with aging. I naively thought his increasing habit of repeating the same story over and over again was funny. It was only after he had several falls and started swearing at me that I suspected something more than normal aging was at play.

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Is it Alzheimer or is it Selective Memory?

6 Jun

My mother is somewhere between stage five and stage six in the progression of her alzheimer disease. This means gaps in her memory and thinking have become more and more noticeable. She also requires increasing amounts of help with daily activities.  As long as I can remember my mother has had selective memory. As her dementia has progressed, her ability to remember things the way she would like to remember them has become even more so. For example:

She can remember an expensive leather suit she really thinks she ought to have with her in the nursing home, but she can’t remember it’s been at least 30 years since she wore it.

She can remember I haven’t shared a copy of her tax statement but she can’t remember her failing eyesight made it virtually impossible for her to read or understand any of last year’s.

She can remember wanting to call the police to have me arrested when she discovered I had removed all her lovely high heel shoes from her home. And she regrets not doing so. But she can’t remember tripping and falling repeatedly before her Imelda Marcos-like footwear collection was culled.

She can remember just about anything of value she’s ever owned. But she can’t remember that almost all of these items are no longer of use to her.

She can remember she has grandchildren. But she can’t always remember their names. Not that she cared much for their names anyway.

Most mystifying of all, she can remember she needs to see any number of medical specialists, but she can’t remember she has Alzheimer’s.

Recommended Reading for Anyone Who Cares About Dementia Care

24 Sep

“4 Countries With the Right Approach to Dementia Care | Care2 Healthy Living” http://feedly.com/k/16y3ERy

Fees for Long Term Care in Ontario

15 May

In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for the care an individual recieves while living in a long term care home. But residents are responsible for accommodation costs which are standard across the province. This means the cost of a bed in a well-run or newer home is exactly the same as the cost for a bed in a poorly run or delapadated older home.

As of  July 1, 2012 the rates for subidized beds in Ontario are:

Type of Accommodation Daily Rate Monthly Rate
Long-Stay Basic $55.04 $1,674.14
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$64.04 $1,947.89
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$63.04 $1,917.47
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$74.79 $2,274.86
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$73.04 $2,221.64
Short-Stay $35.63 N/A

If  the person you are concerned about is deemed eligible for a long-term care home, they can not be refused regardless of whether they can afford the fees. If you are considering long term care for a loved one and have not started the process already, you will need to start by contacting your local  CCAC.

Forget the Dress (and the Shoes), Say Yes to the Bed

10 May

I’ve been off-line for a while. Not because I haven’t had much to say, but because I’ve been overwhelmed. I had planned to spend this rainy day catching up on my writing and getting some posts ready for next week.  But my plans have changed and this is why:

It finally happened. The long-awaited phone call from CCAC. A room has become available for my mother in one of the three long term care facilities she has been wait-listed for since August, 2011. Now she has until Monday to decide. Or perhaps I should say my siblings and I will have until Monday to persuade her. Apparently the CCAC still deems my mother capable of making decisions, even if her children and her doctors do not.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

My brother and I will be taking our mother to see the home this afternoon. We expect the drive to be tense. If mom says “yes” she will need to be moved in within five days. If she says “no”, her name will be removed from all three waiting lists and her file with the CCAC will be closed (yes, that’s how it works for all long-term care applicants here in Ontario).  As far as nursing homes go, this one is really nice. It’s in Richmond Hill and not too far from where she lives now. It’s also fairly close to my brother’s home. It has 160 beds and is in a relatively new building.  Additionally, the overall resident population is Jewish, a significant issue for my mother.  She thinks it’s “too far” and she can be difficult, very difficult. So the next few days/weeks are going to be very interesting.

Gertie really needs to say YES. Can you feel my stress? Stay tuned, because I’m back.

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