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ISC Home Health Director of Nursing
Brookdale Senior Living, Edina, MN

Nursing Home Administrator
ABHOW-Rosewood Retirement, Bakersfield, CA

Care Manager/ Social Worker
American Eldercare, Orlando, FL

Resident Services Director
Atria Marina Place, North Quincy, MA

Director of Memory Care
Horizon Bay Retirement Living, Round Rock, TX

Occupational Therapist
Sedgebrook Retirement Community,
Lincolnshire, IL

Assistant or Associate Professor in Aging Studies
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Nurse Manager
Atria Forest Lake, Columbia, SC

Director of Wellness, RN
Temple Meridian,
Temple, TX

Director of Assisted Living
Senior Star Living, Davenport, IA


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Other Aging News...

Lending a Helping Hand
An article in the Boston Globe outlines the significant contribution retirees can make to youngsters’ literacy through tutoring.

Treating Multimorbidity
A New York Times article suggests that professionals should take a big-picture approach to treating co-occurring illnesses in older adults with multimorbidity.

Medicare’s Rotating Hospital Door
The prevalence of multiple chronic illnesses and lack of access to primary care physicians contribute to quick turnaround in hospital readmissions, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Social Security Not So Secure
The Congressional Budget Office suggests that recessionary fallout will prohibit Social Security cost-of-living increases for the next three years, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

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Editor’s E-Note

May is National Osteoporosis Prevention and Awareness Month. With the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis among older adults, it’s more important than ever to encourage testing and treatment of this debilitating disease. It’s critical to heighten your clients’ awareness of osteoporosis and urge them to take steps to identify osteoporosis and its predecessor, osteopenia.

Judicious dietary choices and weight-bearing exercise have proven effective for combating osteoporosis. Incorporating calcium into elders’ daily diets and making time for walking, jogging, dancing, or tennis improves the possibility of keeping osteoporosis at bay.

Our E-News Exclusive, “Wild for Wii,” details the popularity of this 21st-century phenomenon that promotes movement and exercise through virtual fitness activities and games. Enthusiastically embraced in retirement communities across the country, Nintendo’s Wii has prompted older adults to engage in enjoyable and beneficial activities, bolstering their social interaction in the process. It’s a win-win situation, and elders look forward to the opportunity for competition—or just plain fun.

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E-News Exclusive
Choose the Perfect Fit.

Wild for Wii: Elders Embrace Technology
By Brandi Redding

It’s a classic night at the lanes: players all trying for a strike while friends and team members cheer them on. It doesn’t matter that all those attending are over the age of 60 or that some are in wheelchairs or suffer from macular degeneration. The Wii, a Nintendo gaming console, has leveled the playing field by bringing virtual bowling lanes—and other sports venues—to older adult care facilities across the nation.

Brittany Pointe Estates, an ACTS retirement life community in Lansdale, PA, acquired a Wii as soon as it was released through the efforts of some resourceful residents, according to Terry Alburger, a fitness instructor in the community. “Right from the get-go, it was very popular,” she says. “I think one of the biggest things about it is the fact that a lot of the people here can no longer go bowling, they can’t actually do sports, and so with this they feel like they are [competing].”


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As a registered nurse and caregiver for my mother, who has been diagnosed with dementia, I am aware of her wishes related to medical interventions she does not want when the time comes for me to make such decisions. (I am her medical power of attorney.)

Is there a law or a legal document in the state of Pennsylvania regarding do-not-resuscitate orders in situations outside medical or caregiving institutions? My mother lives with me, and I want to prevent something contrary to her wishes from happening to her if I were not present when a medical crisis occurs outside of a medical institution or care facility.
Diana McCarty, RN
Montoursville, PA

Traditional do-not-resuscitate orders (DNRs) are given by doctors in hospital settings to direct that resuscitation should not be performed if the patient’s heart or breathing stops. These orders do not follow patients into home or community-based settings.


Letter to the Editor

Thank you for the amazing article about adult day service centers (“Adult Day Services: More Than a Stopgap Measure,” March E-News Exclusive)! I am a graduate student at California State University, Sacramento focusing on therapeutic recreation and gerontology. I recently wrote a legislative paper about Senate Bill 977, regarding need to access the infrastructure of senior centers in California. I came to the same conclusion you did: Adult day service centers offer a cost-effective solution to the exploding baby boomer population and their changing needs.

As a fall risk reduction exercise instructor studying to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, I am excited about health promotion, disease prevention, and disability management in our aging population. Despite our failing economy, I am confident that the legislators are aware of the demographic shift and the need to provide cost-effective programs. As professionals in the aging field, we are slowly but surely increasing the awareness of important issues that demand action, as well as providing solutions that will work.

Kelly Ward
Specialized Master’s of Science program, CSUS

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