elder care

This week: elder abuse and more

Oct 6, 2016

Elder abuse usually occurs at home at the hands of family members. It might be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. It often goes unreported because the victim feels isolated, afraid and ashamed. One way to fight elder abuse is to be aware of its warning signs, explains Jenny Hicks, project coordinator for the Abuse in Later Life program at Vera House, a local domestic and social service agency. This week, Hicks talks about the warning signs and how you can report suspected abuse. Three...

Challenging conventional wisdom about growing old

Nov 8, 2015
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As Baby Boomers continue to age, more and more are reaching the retirement age. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss aging and how attitudes toward aging can be changed with Dr. Bill Thomas. Dr. Bill Thomas is co-founder of The Eden Alternative , an international non-profit organization focused on creating quality of life for elders and their care partners. He is a physician, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare and an award-winning author.

Health Foundation for Western and Central New York

The number of older New Yorkers who fall and suffer serious and deadly injuries is on the rise, but there are programs in across the state meant to help people avoid the dangers of a fall. The latest statistics on the number of falls among older New Yorkers is a reflection of the growing elderly population in New York state, according to Amber Slichta, interim president for the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. “Falls related deaths have increased by 15 percent, and falls...

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Syracuse's Upstate Medical University is taking a research project into the community, which will focus on older, frail adults.

Dr. Sharon Brangman, chief of geriatric medicine, says usually researchers start out with a thesis and then try to prove it. Armed with a $15,000...

Central New York will need to innovate and come up with new ideas about how to address the needs of its senior population. That was the message of a forum held to discuss how to shape an age-friendly region.

The importance of planning for your senior years

Nov 28, 2014
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Many people don't think through what their needs will be in their senior years, as their physical capabilities or health decline. But, experts in the field of elder care believe that is a mistake. WRVO Public Media community recently held a community forum in Ithaca on the topic, which will be broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. The three expert panelists agreed that much more planning should be done by all involved in the lives of the elderly.

"If you look at the research, people tend...

Elder care, a community health forum

Nov 25, 2014
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This forum aired on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. As the baby boomer generation ages and people live longer, individuals and communities are considering how to accommodate the elderly population. Financial advisers encourage us to save for our retirement, but a lot of other kinds of planning should be done as well. Where will you live? What kind of health care and personal assistance will you need? Since communities in upstate New York have larger proportions of seniors than some other...

A sensitive subject -- living with aging parents

Jun 29, 2014
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Though it may not seem very long ago that you moved out of your parents’ house, it may be time to consider having them move in with you. While living with a parent has many advantages, it is important to take time to decide if it is best for you and the person moving in. This week on “Take Care,” David Horgan discusses the challenges of having a parent move in and how to make the experience beneficial for both you and your parent. Horgan is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director. He is also a co-author of “ When Your Parent Moves in: Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent.” Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with David Horgan.

Preparing to have an aging parent move in

Jun 27, 2014

Recent advances in medicine are causing people to live longer. Couple that with the economically stressful times and you often find families deciding to have aging parents move into their adult child's home. Whether it's for financial reasons or to maximize caregiving... There can be many bumps along the road. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," costs Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, speak with David Horgan, medical educator and author, about his personal experiences with...

With an aging population, elder abuse is becoming more prevalent across the country and in central New York. Financial abuse has become one of the most common ways people take advantage of older Americans. Jenny Hicks runs a program out of Vera House in Syracuse that focuses on elder abuse, and says there’s a kind of déjà vu in an agency that for years has counseled victims of domestic violence.

“It’s very much like domestic violence was 35 years ago -- in the shadows," Hicks...

When illness causes parent-child role reversal

Jan 26, 2014
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At the beginning of life, parents generally take care of children. But later in life, many adult children find that they become the ones who must take care of their parents. Whether that transition happens suddenly or slowly over the years, it can be difficult because the roles parents and children have played for decades are reversed. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and director of patient-centered care research at George Washington University, discusses some of the things adult children should keep in mind as they become caregivers. Click Read More to hear our interview with Dr. Wen.