Monthly Archives: December 2012

Home Healthcare Agencies Provide Temporary Solution to Aging Problem in the U.S.

Luke Rosiak’s article in the Washington Times describes the fear most developed countries face: the imbalance between the graying of a nation to its workforce. If it weren’t for immigration and higher birthrates among minorities, the lower fertility rates in America would have already seen a more disastrous effect. In locations where seniors clients dominate businesses and hospitals, young people find themselves relocating to “hip” areas with night life and other entities that seniors tend to not frequent, thus separating young and old geographically. Suburbs were once considered ideal for retirement but now the solitude and need for younger workers to provide labor for them such as in hospitals has made living in relative isolation from the cities risky. Although a younger […]

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Portable High-Tech Cottage for Elder Care


  With the help of Virginia Tech, the MedCottage was developed as a solution for the growing number of older Americans that need to find living arrangements. After installation, a MedCottage (12 foot by 24 foot- about the size of a master bedroom) can cost about $125,000. Compared to the assisted living costs of $40,000 a year, a MedCottage could be a bargain. Of course, one would need the space or the land to install such an addition. It was interesting to me, coming from New York City, that the family described in the article would have such land to implant a cottage but they didn’t already have the extra space in the actual house. Perhaps moving forward, architectures and […]

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Webinar Recording on Dementia Care

It is a great thing to have such material available for everyone. Anyone who cares for a person with dementia related disorders can benefit from this. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Disorders – October 19, 2012, Webinar Recording On October 19, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hosted a national public webinar to educate all interested parties on the strategies for communicating with patients who have Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementias (ADRD). The webinar served as an opportunity to better understand the disease and its signs and symptoms. Another goal of the webinar was to teach how a diagnosis of ADRD may enhance an elder’s vulnerability for abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and how to protect the individual who may be taken […]

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