Amid Pandemic, Programs Struggle To Reach Vulnerable Seniors Living At Home

Republished from Kaiser Health NewsBy Judith Graham(Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration) Close down group meals for seniors. Cancel social gatherings. The directive, from the Illinois Department on Aging, sent shock waves through senior service organizations late last week. Overnight, Area Agencies on Aging had to figure out how to help people in their homes instead of at…

For Boomers Reframing Aging, Age-Proofing A Home Won’t Come Cheap

Republished from Kaiser Health NewsBy Sharon JaysonChris and Dennis Cavner of Austin, Texas, stand in the sunken living area of the 1974 single-story home they bought in February. In the remodel, the Cavners are raising and leveling the floor for easier aging in place without steps. (Image: Sharon Jayson for Kaiser Health News) AUSTIN, Texas…

‘Fear Of Falling’: How Hospitals Do Even More Harm By Keeping Patients In Bed

Republished from Kaiser Health NewsBy Melissa Bailey(Image: Katherine Streeter for KHN) Dorothy Twigg was living on her own, cooking and walking without help until a dizzy spell landed her in the emergency room. She spent three days confined to a hospital bed, allowed to get up only to use a bedside commode. Twigg, who was…

The Delicate Issue Of Taking Away A Senior’s Smartphone

Republished from Kaiser Health NewsBy Judith Graham At first, Dr. Robert Zorowitz thought his 83-year-old mother was confused. She couldn’t remember passwords to accounts on her computer. She would call and say programs had stopped working. But over time, Zorowitz realized his mother — a highly intelligent woman who was comfortable with technology ― was…