I’m not sure where my family would be without the help of our Certified Nursing Aide. The CNA provided by our Home Care Agency comes in twice a week to help care for my aging mother. She allows me to continue working outside the home and provides respite for the other family caregivers. She is a wonderful companion, making mom’s day brighter with her gentleness and humor. It gives me great peace of mind knowing that while I’m away, my mother is in the hands of a professional caregiver.
June 13 - 20 is National Nursing Assistants Week and a great opportunity to show your admiration, respect and appreciation for direct care worker in your life. Sponsored by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, this week "provides a timely opportunity to foster and showcase the wonderful things that can happen for residents and workers when we join together."
Because of the aging of our population, qualified nursing assistants are in high demand. In 2010, there were more than 1.5 million people working as Certified Nursing Assistants nationwide. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
In honor of my mother’s CNA, I’m going to do a little more than just give her a Starbuck’s gift card (although I’ll do that as well.) I’m going to try to affect some real change by advocating for in-home care on a legislative level. Today, I’m signing the petition on Change.org , and entreat President Obama to finish what he started on December 15, 2011 — to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.
At Caregiverlist, we applaud those who give so tirelessly of themselves by caring for some of the most vulnerable of our society. CNAs are the backbone of the senior caregiving community.
If you are now or are considering becoming a CNA, visit our Caregiving Career Center to build a resume, apply for a job or get the training you need to start you on a career path that really makes a difference in peoples’ lives.
Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week take a trip to Naples, Florida to see one of a kind sunset. Thank you for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.
"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"
Robert H. Schuller
How many seniors fall each year? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms in 2010, and the direct medical costs of falls was more than $28.0 billion. The death rates from falls among elderly men and women continue to rise.
Blue Marble Game Company’s Zoezi Park is a game developed by the Los Angeles company that uses cameras and sensors to create an onscreen avatar that mimics the player’s movements. The game then provides exercises and activities that improve balance, coordination and physical strength. The data can be accessed by a healthcare professional online. Zoezi Park can be used anywhere there is an internet connection — senior centers, rehab facilities or in the privacy and comfort of a senior’s own home.
Blue Marble’s goal is to merge cutting-edge technology with the fun of gesture-based video gaming to positively impact the health and wellbeing of those older adults at risk of or rehabilitating from a fall.
The Zoezi Park project was previously supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, but since budget cuts, that funding is no longer available. The company, in conjunction with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Three Two One Productions is using crowdfunding to raise their goal of $30,000 by July 13, 2013.
The following statistics are from the Zoezi Park Crowdfunding page at When You Wish:
- 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day with 1 in 3 of them experiencing a fall each year.
- Each fall costs $48,000 on average.
- The leading cause of injury related death in people over 65 is falls.
- Falls are a public health problem.
Senior caregivers can gain more caregiving safety skills by taking a 10-hour online Caregiver Certification training course. Professional caregivers are taught the basic safety skills for transferring a senior and assisting with walking when they begin working for a senior care company. Those who would like to work as a professional caregiver should remember that Companion Caregivers only require personal experience (as often seniors with memory loss may require ongoing caregiving just to keep medications and daily activities on track). Caregivers and C.N.A.'s may apply for a caregiving job in their area to begin a career in senior care.
Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week take a trip to botanical gardens full of colorful butterflies, to relax and to breath in fresh air. Thank you for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.
"A habit is a shirt made of iron."
Caregivers that care for the elderly know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers, professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo features sunny hills of small Mexican town called Taxco, famous for its silver mines. We would like to thank you for caring for our loved seniors. Remember senior caregivers are needed, please refer-a-friend to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our Caregiver Career Center for additional career tools.
"Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind."
Robert G. Ingersoll
Barbara Eden, 78, donned her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” costume for the Life Ball’s opening ceremony at the charity event in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, May 25.
Rocking the infamous pink and red crop top and harem pants, the actress performed Jeannie’s signature move by crossing her arms, nodding her head and winking, — making her new “Master”, former president Bill Clinton, appear. Europe's biggest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS awareness included Elton John, singer Fergie and Olympic diver Greg Louganis.
Scandalous in the 60s, the costume caused a great deal of controversy with the censors due to its exposed midriff.
Before the event, Ms. Eden tweeted the following:
In a 2012 interview with website Life After 50, Ms. Eden shared her secrets on aging well with exercise and diet.
When asked about her feelings about aging, the actress smiled and said, “My mother used to say it’s better than the alternative,” she said. “I just think we should do all we can to enjoy every day – every minute. I’m really happy to be here. I can still work, I can still spin, and I can still lift my weights. So I’m very lucky.”
"I Dream of Jeannie" ran from 1965-1970. In the series’ 139 episodes, Ms. Eden starred as the 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love with her reluctant master, astronaut Tony Nelson (played by the late Larry Hagman).
Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Take a moment to look into clear calm waters full of pretty waterlilies. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.
"Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded."
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National Dementia Week this week sparks conversation about memory loss and the impact this is having on America's seniors. The longer you live, the greater your chances for developing some form of memory loss. The two go together. But now a new survey by Eli Lilly and Company, released today, shows that not everyone who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease actually has this form of memory loss.
Eli Lilly did the survey as a way to help promote their imaging agent, called Amyvid, and to receive Medicare approval for reimbursement of this new product. Amyvid received U.S. market approval last year and would assist in identifying the deposits of a protein called amyloid which is one of two telltale signs of Alzheimer's disease. The imaging test is called PET, or positron emission tomography.
Performing an autopsy has been the only way to 100% for sure identify these plaques. The thinking is that by properly diagnosing all Alzheimer's patients, Medicare may actually save money by properly treating everyone for the right type of memory loss. Estimates are that 7.1 million people will have Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
Someday, there could also be the possibility for everyone to be tested for Alzheimer's disease at a certain age. The Harvard School of Public Health found that two-thirds of adults would take a predictive Alzheimer's test.
With Angelina Jolie's New York Time's editorial last week, about her decision to proactively choose to have a double mastectomy because of testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation, being able to identify Alzheimer's disease accurately could lead to more preventive treatments.
Senior caregivers working with senior's with memory loss must have special training to understand all of the dynamics of the disease. One of the biggest challenges of Alzheimer's disease is that it progresses at a different rate in each person. However, because of the growth in the number of individuals living longer with memory loss, the demand for caregivers continues as senior care companies hire part-time and full-time caregivers each day. Apply for a senior caregiving job near you or refer-a-friend and be entered to win prizes weekly on Caregiverlist.
Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo is a beautiful and serene sunset. We'd like to thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.
"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it."
Senior caregiving is made so much easier when that senior is committed to aging well. Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. As I look around the style and fashion landscape, I am heartened to find that the world is beginning to realize that beauty is not the sole domain of prepubescent youth.
Tina Turner, arguably the poster child woman for surviving with style, is the cover model on Vogue Germany’s April issue, wearing blue silk Armani and looking smoking hot. It's her first Vogue cover and the title of the piece says it all: Simply the Best. Shot by photography duo Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer and styled by Nicola Knels, Ms. Turner shows off her legendary gams in the fashion spread and doesn’t shy away from an extreme close up.
According to style blog Fashionista , a spokesperson for Conde Nast Germany confirmed that Turner is the oldest person ever to grace the cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 120+ year history (followed by 62-year-old Meryl Streep’s January 2012 cover.)
“My life circumstances are absolutely perfect, the condition of my soul is spiritually and mentally good. My physical condition is also very good, which is not really a surprise, since I never took drugs or smoked cigarettes. Thus, I’m physically healthy, and I’m happy!”
However, in the accompanying interview she adds, “I completed my last tour at the age of 69. I really saw it as my farewell tour. What I did on that tour was on the edge of what I physically was able to, and wanted to, do. And these short outfits, they are not how I see myself anymore at this time. So, I won’t do that anymore, I have ended it.”
Healthy aging is at the forefront of Ms. Turner’s continued success. But rather than rest on past achievements,the icon is looking forward to reinventing herself and staying very much in the cultural zeitgeist. She is just waiting for the right material — modern, but “rooted in her own musical tradition.”
What is apparent is that at 73 years of age, Tina Turner is not looking back, but looking forward, studying German and enjoying her life, in which she says she is “happier now, than she ever was”.
All images are taken by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer. Copyright by Vogue Germany.