World Report on Alzheimer’s Disease, 2013

On September 19, 2013, Alzheimer’s Disease International released its world report on the analysis of long-term care for those with dementia.  It highlights the future of medical care for people with dementia, a global issue that requires action now. Dr. Martin Prince of King’s College stated in his report on the future of long-term care…

For Adult Children: 10 Tips on Helping Your Parent Handle Depression and Anxiety and How You Can Cope

Caring for Aging Parents The senior generation grew up in a time when people did not discuss mental health.  Depression and anxiety carry a stigma that the elder population fears.  Unfortunately, depression and anxiety, among other mental sicknesses, is very common in nursing home residents. To cope with your loved one who is suffering from…

Ensuring Equal Employment Opportunities in Federal Contracting

On this day, September 24th, 1965, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was established by Executive Order 11246, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. OFCCP holds federal contractors to a higher obligation for affirmative action. E.O. 11246 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors from employment decisions that discriminate based…

12 Facts About Elder Abuse

Facts About Elder Abuse For every one incident of elder abuse reported to authorities, fourteen incidents go unreported. Approximately 1.6 to 2 million seniors become victims of abuse or neglect in domestic and institutional settings in the United States every year. 91 percent of federal abuse prevention dollars are spent on child abuse, 7 percent…

Illinois Scores ‘F’, Ranks 42nd in Nursing Home Care

Illinois ranks near the bottom in nursing home quality of care, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group. The group published the nation’s first-ever state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.  Illinois’s nursing home care was so bad that the state managed…

Furniture in Nursing Homes Must Be Appropriate to Residents’ Needs

Nursing home residents rely heavily on the furniture provided at a nursing facility.  Back pain, arthritis, decreased mobility, and unstable gait are common plights of aging citizens. Also, many members of the aging community find joy in displaying pictures of family members on shelves and looking at personal memorabilia on side tables.  The furniture in…

September is Pain Awareness Month

September is designated as National Pain Awareness Month. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the very real physical suffering of an estimated 75 million Americans and to highlight the need for research and new, innovative treatment options. Pain touches everyone at one time or another. Pain does not discriminate; however,…