Nutritional education, monitoring crucial for older adults

Malnutrition can lead to lost weight and strength, lessened immunity to disease, confusion and disorientation. Q: My mother recently fell and fractured her hip and has been in a rehab facility for a couple of weeks. She will be coming home shortly with home health care. While I feel she is still able to live independently — […]

RI Generations pushes compassionate care

Nonprofit also gives scholarships, awards to dedicated caregivers RI Generations Inc. (RIG) is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and representatives of organizations from all over the Ocean State.  Members from all significant health care and public stakeholder groups volunteer and work with the RIG executive board to promote individualized person-centered care wherever health […]

Take measure to prevent urinary tract infections

  My office has undertaken a project through the National Ombudsman Association to address the frequency of urinary tract infections in seniors. As part of the effort, my staff and volunteers will be trained about the symptoms and frequency of such infections. Why is that important? There are two reasons. The first is that any […]

Seniors should join Generation X to change the aging landscape    

  Recently, AARP released survey results on the subject of Generation X turning 50. For the uninformed, demographers dubbed those born between 1965 and 1979 as Generation X or Gen-Xers — the middle generation between baby boomers and millennials. They number around 62 million Americans. The youngest grew up unfamiliar with Camelot and are only […]

Try to protect residents of skilled nursing centers during flu season

While Rhode Island has reported only sporadic flu activity so far this season, reducing the risk to our vulnerable residents and patients is always a top priority for nursing centers. The frail elderly are particularly susceptible to this highly contagious disease, especially those with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases who may experience severe or even fatal illness […]

Caregivers must look after themselves, too

Q: As an only child, I’ve been the main support for my 82-year old mother for many years.  She had been mostly independent until last year. I would take her to a few doctor appointments and stop over for dinner weekly, but now her needs for assistance have really increased. Severe arthritis makes it impossible for her […]

Program targets patients with early onset memory disorders

“Although I have a diagnosis of early memory loss, I am learning to be healthier and have fun among friends who are in the same boat as me.” ~ Early Stage Social Engagement Program participant   The Early Stage Social Engagement Program is offered by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to people […]

Say, ‘Shoo flu’

Since it is the month of January, I am addressing the flu season in long-term care facilities.  Just to remind everyone, the term long-term care covers nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care and hospice. Influenza can be brought into facilities by newly-admitted residents, health care workers or family members. Residents of long-term care facilities […]

Helping at nursing centers rewarding for volunteers

Recently, I read an article stating that volunteerism is on the rise in Rhode Island.  According to “Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2015,” a report released last month, more than 212,000 volunteers contributed over 21 million hours of service in the Ocean State in 2014. Those numbers equate to an 8.8 percent increase in […]

Caregivers conference set

Preparations are under way for the Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter’s annual Caregiver’s Journey Conference slated for March 31 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. We are excited about the conference, which will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to the public, but a fee will be charged for health care […]