Everyone, should know how we will age. And if you are far from thinking about aging, like in your 20’s or 30’s, then you should be prepared with facts about what growing older might entail.
I have found a simple booklet with questions that many older adults ask. Like, if my family member has Alzheimer’s Disease, will I get it? Or, when am I too old to drive?
Download the booklet and check out the answers to these questions and many others.
Recently Nursing2017 published a 2 part series on pain assessment for older adults.
Assessing pain in nonverbal older adults by Booker and Haedtke (May 2016) addressed the challenge of non-verbal older adults with pain. They emphasized the importance of looking at behaviors for signs of pain.
Assessing pain in verbal older adults by the same authors (February, 2016) discussed important criteria when asking an older adult about pain, such as “use of their terminology”. In my experience older adults use words like “hurts” or “sore” rather than “pain”. Also, they may be challenged to rate their pain.
Both articles are excellent to read. Access the articles through a healthcare/school library OR via subscription to Nursing2017.
A great video on how to reach out and meet the healthcare needs of the LGBT community of seniors. The video clarifies the use of terms Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer and guides nurses in using unbiased language. For example, “Do you have spouse?” versus “Do you have a partner or spouse?”
Take the quiz and differentiate facts about aging and myths or biases about aging.
To give you a head start…Are older adults involved in more car accidents?
Yes or No
Take the quiz and find your answers
Can ageism or biases harm our patients? The answer is yes! Read the article in Nursing2015 entitled Can being ageist harm your older adult patients? by Kayler-Debrew. (Due to copyright concerns you will need to access this article through a school or health care library).
Fall Prevention is more than just mobility, activity and safety. The Senior Injury Prevention Program (SIPP) is a comprehensive program addressing the complex, multi-criteria of injury prevention (nutrition, medication, home safety, physical fitness, etc) to educate older adults in preventing falls. Download the brochure and do your part to implement each component that impacts the quality of life and mortality of older adults.
I want to share with you this amazing man’s personal journey. It is a great reminder that with Alzheimer’s people hold onto remnants of their identity, especially music, talents, and those abilities and memories stored in different areas of the brain. Enjoy
Glen Campbell was a country music legend and 5 time Grammy winner was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease. Glen and his family made a documentary about his journey with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014 entitled I’ll Be Me. Watch the movie clip.
The soundtrack included Glen Campbell’s last song I’m Not Going to Miss You which one Country Music song of the Year in 2015. It is rip-your-heart out song about the personal reflections of someone battling Alzheimer’s.