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Find a Geriatric Care Manager

Search for what is here referred to as an Advanced Aging Life Care specialist. The Aging Life Care Association was formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc. This national directory is easy to use. Credentials of members listed will vary widely. The credentials of the Advanced Professionals may be the most useful. Not all areas of the US are covered.

Caregiver Resources - Long-term care at home

Caregiver Resource guide from the nonprofit Family Caregiver Alliance (based in San Francisco) includes a page for finding an in-home service provider. 19 pages, 2008

Eldercare Locator - Search services for independent living  Editor's Pick

US Department of Health and Human Services provides a free public service through the US Administration on Aging, to help seniors and caregivers find resources anywhere in the country. In addition to the website, you may call 1-800-677-1116 on weekdays to speak with someone who can help (English or Spanish)

Falls Can Kill Seniors - CDC facts

Falls caused about 2.5 million trips to the ER, and over 700,000 hospitalizations for older people. Find out steps you can take: home safety, exercise, eye exams, and medicine use. Unintentional fall death rats have been rising in the last 10 years (see graph)

Guide to Home Safety for Seniors (pdf)

The Safe Living Guide is an easy to read and practical guide to making one's home safe from injury. Topics include preventing falls in the home (a major problem in the US and Canada), medication safety, and indoor/outdoor checklists, such as examining how you reach your mailbox. Very thoughtful guide by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Division of Aging and Seniors, revised 2011

Nursing Homes, Employees, Seasonal Flu Shots

A new question to ask your nursing home caregivers: Did you get your flu shot? Nursing homes who pay for their employees' flu shots may have higher compliance, and higher rates of employee immunization, along with resident immunization, reduced influenza outbreaks, and therefore fewer deaths. See this summary by Lisa Shugarman of the Rand Corporation, which appeared in washingtonpost.com March 30, 2007

Older Americans 2016

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being describes the overall status of the U.S. population age 65 and over. Most health data from 2014, but may be older or newer. Population, health care use, income and economics, housing, health status, health behaviors, informal caregiving. By the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, August 2016

Preventing Brain Injury; Falls and Seniors (CDC)

Falls are listed as a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), representing 81% of TBI in people age 65+. Materials by the CDC to help family members and caregivers prevent, recognize, and respond to TBI in older adults. Site also discusses concussions as they relate to sports

Resources for Caregivers of Seniors

Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) has compiled an extensive list of resources for seniors and their caregivers. Categories include associations, community/social services, government and care management. Consumers can also search for an Aging Life Care Expert

Seniors - Health and Healthcare Resources (AARP)

Resources include health and health insurance topics of interest to people ages 50 and up. Updated 2017

Seniors' Health Issues (MedlinePlus)

Addresses topics such as healthy aging, nutrition, eyesight, bruising, balance, memory loss, aging parents, older drivers, injuries, sleep problems, preventing confusion, senior trends, screening tests for people ages 50+, skin problems, safety checklist and more

See also Consumer Health Ratings - Ratings, Report Cards and Credentials - Compare Quality  Editor's Pick

See our main page for public reporting of quality ratings and comparisons for individual hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance plans, and other health care services. Check your physician's credentials and doctor's license in this category

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

Canes and Walker Injuries to Older Adults (NEISS data)

Detailed analysis of injuries associated with walkers and canes to people age 65 and up. Estimated 47,312 injuries with walking aids land in the Emergency dept., 87% of which happened with walkers. More than 3/4 were to women; in all age groups, women sustained higher injury rates than men with walkers and canes. Most injuries occurred at home; less than 5% in bathroom or involving rugs. Six-year data 2001-2006, published June 2009 by Journal of American Geriatrics Society; 6-page pdf available free for a limited time

Caregivers: What They Spend, What They Sacrifice, 2007 (pdf)

A survey in June-July, 2007, by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare Health Plans (part of UnitedHealthcare) calculated that family caregivers spend an average $5531 a year caring for older loved ones. Long-distance caregivers had the highest average expenses at $8728 per year. November 2007; 46 pages

Drug Coverage under Medicare, Jan. 2011 (pdf)

Four-page Tip Sheet explaining how prescription drugs, medicines and immunizations might be covered under Medicare Part B or Medicare Part D (the more recent drug plan for seniors). Includes guidelines for cancer drugs. Generally, Part A (hospital insurance) does not cover outpatient drugs. Publication 11315-P

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Cancer, arthritis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and heart conditions were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses for adults ages 18 to 64 in 2012. For seniors, COPD and asthma replaced mental disorders. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs (ages 18-64) were $8125 for a cancer patient, $4852 for an adult with heart disease, $2603 per trauma patient, $1727 for mental health care, and $1909 for someone with arthritis. Average out of pocket payments by consumers not shown. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015

Go4Life - Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

120-page guide describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older people (ages 50+). Includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Launched November 2011 through National Institute on Aging

Healthcare Expenses for Seniors (MEPS 2011 data)

Special report on Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly Age 65 and over, shows median annual expenditures were $4206. Average expenses for those with expense were $9863 in 2011. Medicare paid over 62% (up considerably from 10 years ago); private insurance paid 16%; out-of-pocket amount declined to 12%. 96% of seniors had some healthcare expense, most often office-based care and prescribed medicines. Medications took up 22% of the total, averaging $76 per purchase. For seniors, the inpatient room rate averaged $3199 per day (sticker shock); ER visit was $884 on average; office visit was $228. MEPS Statistical Brief #429, Jan. 2014

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Geriatrics Rankings

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) lead the list of top 50 hospitals for geriatric care, from US News & World Report. List shows hospitals that do well at treating seniors (at least 2348 cases over 3 years) combining multiple specialties. Many of the 50 have Alzheimer's Centers. Medicare survival (30-day mortality data) from 2013-2015

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