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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 2.8 million trips to the ER, and over 800,000 hospitalizations for older people. Find out steps you can take: home safety, exercise, eye exams, and medicine use. Unintentional fall death rates 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 2015

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 resources, including summary by Lisa Shugarman of the Rand Corporation

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

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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Canes and Walker Use and Falls to Older Adults

Small Michigan study of people ages 60+ who fell at home and also had an assistive device such as a cane or walker. Most who fell were not using their device at the time of the fall. Top reasons: I donít always need it; I hold onto other things such as the furniture or walls; I forget to use it or forget where I left it; and It makes me feel old. An astounding HALF of people said they never had instruction on using their cane or walker. Published April 2017 in The Gerontologist (Luz, Bush, Shen); 8-page pdf available free

Caregiving in the US, 2015

A survey in late 2014 by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found caregivers average 24 hours a week in caregiving. Nearly 1/3 (32%) of caregivers use paid help from aides, housekeepers, drivers and others. Recipients who had Alzheimer's, long-term physical problems or age 65+ were more likely to have paid help in addition to their caregiver. Info about caregiver preparation to perform medical or nursing tasks. Detailed report, 2015, 87 pages. (An older study in 2007by the National Alliance 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.)

Drug Coverage under Medicare, 2017 (pdf)

Five-page Tip Sheet explaining how prescription drugs, medicines and immunizations might be covered under Medicare Part B or Medicare Part D (the drug plan for seniors). Includes guidelines for cancer drugs, injectibles and IV drugs. Generally, Part A (hospital insurance) does not cover outpatient drugs. Publication 11315-P revised Aug. 2017

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

Online guide describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older people (ages 50+). Includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility; also diet and nutrition tips. From the 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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