Elder care

Lawmakers voted unanimously this legislative session to pass an act that creates the Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council, which will be charged with overseeing an Alzheimer's and Dementia Disease Plan. David Cook with the Arkansas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says the state has to address the growing number of people and families dealing with the disease.

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The Family Caregiver Alliance estimates in the past 12 months, more than 34 million people in the country provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older.  For our latest conversation about aging and health, we talk with Brandi Schneider, director of aging services and administration at Schmieding Center in Springdale with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

    

We continue our series of conversations about health and aging with Jon Rubenow, an associate professor psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Northwest Arkansas campus. He explains seasonal affective disorder.

Falls are the number one reason for hospitalization for people 65 and older. This month, UAMS will be holding several informational sessions devoted to fall prevention and screenings for fall risks.

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A report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General this month cites widespread deficiencies in hospices that participate in Medicare, which insures many U.S. hospice stays. But Arkansas hospices, one industry expert says, are receiving good ratings.  

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Taking up residence in an assisted living facility can be costly for elder Arkansans. Medicaid assistance is available but on a very limited scale. We visit a Fayetteville assisted living facility and get guidance from a geriatric care specialist.

The Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education recognizes that a majority of care for the elderly comes from family members. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the center will host an event to teach techniques for proper lifting assistance, fall prevention, and other skills.

On Jan. 30 and March 13, Home Instead Senior Care will host workshops for people caring for family members with Alzheimer's or other dementia-related illnesses. 

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Act 1410, passed by the Arkansas Legisalture in 2013, requires training for any caregiver proving in-home assistance to people over 50.

A new study by AARP places Arkansas 40th in the nation in terms of long-term care for the elderly. The Arkansas Air and Military Museum will kick off its monthly Airport Days celebrations Saturday, and the Walton Arts Center reschedules some performances because of construction related to expansion efforts at the Fayetteville facility.