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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Statistics Administration, between 2010 and 2050, the U.S. population is projected to grow from 310 million to 439 million, an increase of 42 percent. The population is expected to become much older, with nearly one in five U.S. residents aged 65 and older in 2030. The question is who or what service providers are equipped to handle this growing segment of our population. Often, the expectations are that family members are obliged to care for their aging parents. This places significant burden on loved ones who may not be emotionally or financially prepared to take on that responsibility. Just being a family member of an aging relative does not qualify them to take on such a daunting task. Starting with the quality of life issues… what exactly does the aging parent require now and into the immediate future? Is this the time of life when some older citizens are ready for new adventures like more travel, hobbies, volunteering or spending time with family? Are they healthy and in good physical shape to undertake more activities and have the financial resources to do so. These seniors may be ready to downsize from their home of many years and move to smaller more manageable housing. Depending upon their health and financial capabilities, downsizing to a smaller independent residence such as a condo or townhome can be very liberating. These are seniors who are in good physical condition and are still able to care for all of their immediate needs. Others may require some degree of additional assistance and would likely seek out “independent” living facilities. Seniors who require routine attention […]
Stroke takes place when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. When this occurs, the brain does not get appropriate amounts of oxygen or nutrients, which can cause brain cells to die. The swiftness in which this happens is what makes a stroke very serious and even life-threatening. There are three main kinds of stroke—ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also referred to as mini-strokes. Stroke Awareness Month is part of a nationwide program run by the National Stroke Association. The purpose of this health month is to educate Americans about stroke prevention and awareness, as well as support stroke survivors. Knowing what to do if someone is experiencing a stroke, and understanding risk factors, symptoms and prevention, are critical to raising stroke awareness. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking are all stroke risk factors that can be controlled with medication and lifestyle changes. Strokes happen quickly, and oftentimes signs and symptoms appear without warning. Confusion, difficulty communicating, problems with eyesight, coordination, balance and numbness of the face, arms or legs, particularly on one side of the body, are all signs of a stroke. The following acronym is a helpful way to remember and recognize the signs of a stroke… Face—does one side of the face droop when the person smiles? Arm—is the person able to raise both arms? Speech—is the person’s speech slurred or sounds abnormal? Time—if any of these warning signs are present, call 911 immediately. Stroke Awareness Month is also a time to acknowledge stroke survivors and how various organizations like the National Stroke Association show support. For a stroke survivor, recovery […]