ProAging Email Network Newsletter July 7, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter July 7, 2005

in this issue
– Looking for advice on consulting for Nursing Homes as a social worker
– Don’t Miss The Next ProAging/IAC/North County Network Meeting!
– People on the Move – Bobbie Bloch, RN, PhD
– Many Seniors Experience Problems With Medical Bills, Debt, Survey Says, USA
– Survey Reports Nursing Homes Are Costly in D.C. Area
– Aging Surge Poses Challenge for States
– Seniors don’t just watch softball, they’re flocking to play
– India plans law to force children to care for aging parents: report
– NY Nursing home adjusts to rising population of men
– A good network of friends might help seniors live longer
– Maryland Professor of Education (Emerita) Nancy Schlossberg can best be described as a “Retirement Guru.”
– Aging America needs more pharmacists
– Studies for seniors projects need extra attention
– Support Our Sponsor – Foot Efx

Dear steve,

Looking for advice on consulting for Nursing Homes as a social worker


I am a social worker for skilled nursing facilities – recent moved to Virginia. Would like to contact folks who consult for nursing homes in social services/activities to see if they need per diem social workers.

Thanks for your help in advance

Allyson Jones
[email protected]

Don’t Miss The Next ProAging/IAC/North County Network Meeting!


The next ProAging meeting is another exciting collaboration with the IAC/North County Network.

Time: 1:45 p.m. – 4:00
Location: Herndon Harbor House
912 Jorss Place
Herndon, VA 20170
Join us for a special joint meeting with the Fairfax Interagency Aging Committee (IAC) and the North County Network at the beautiful Herndon Senior Center. Tour this brand new facility plus the Adult Day Health Care Center and Herndon Harbor House. Our host is Ruth Junkin, Director of the Herndon Senior Center. The topic for the program is Senior Centers of the Future – Here Come the Boomers.

~Presenters from the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services~

Dorothy Keenan
Supervisor of Senior Services- oversees the 13 County senior centers

Carma Ryan
Director, Little River Glen Senior Center

1:45 p.m. First Tour, refreshments and networking
(Herndon Senior Center, Herndon Harbor House, Adult Day Health Care Center) 2:30 p.m. Program
3:30 p.m. Second Tour or networking
Details and link to directions…

People on the Move – Bobbie Bloch, RN, PhD


Hospice of the Chesapeake announces the recent addition of Bobbie Bloch, RN, PhD, as Director of Staff Development. Dr. Bloch, of Glen Burnie, is a nurse educator, author and clinical mentor. She earned her BSN from Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan and her MSN at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and her doctoral degree from the University of Toledo, College of Education and Allied Professions, in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Bloch’s professional experience spans academia, notably the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and both administrative and educational leadership roles. She has been a guest speaker across the media spectrum addressing cultural and ethnic aspects of health care. Dr. Bloch is a co-author of “Ethnic Nursing Care: A Multicultural Approach”, which received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in 1983. “Bloch’s Cultural Assessment Guide” has appeared in various clinical publications.

Many Seniors Experience Problems With Medical Bills, Debt, Survey Says, USA


Three of five older US adults are concerned that they will not have the ability to pay for health care in the future, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the… Commonwealth Fund, Bloomberg/Boston Globe reports (Barry, Bloomberg/Boston Globe, 6/29). The survey, conducted late last year by Commonwealth Fund Senior Officer Sara Collins and colleagues, involved a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults between ages 50 and 70Read on…

Survey Reports Nursing Homes Are Costly in D.C. Area


Jun. 30–Frederick and Montgomery counties have the most expensive nursing homes in the D.C. area, according to a recent study. Most of the rates for private rooms in the area’s nursing homes were “moderately expensive,” with an average daily cost of $194.48, according to a May study from Richmond insurance company Genworth Financial Inc. The study was re-released yesterday. Montgomery and Frederick counties were “most expensive” because of their $203.36 average daily rate. Rates for assisted-living facilities in the counties averaged slightly less at $185.55 a day, the study said. The company commissioned CareScout, a Wellesley, Mass., elder-care consulting company, to conduct the study. CareScout surveyed more than 7,000 nursing homes, assisted-living communities and home- care providers nationwide about their cost of care between April and May.Read on…

Aging Surge Poses Challenge for States


July 1, 2005 – State leaders are getting gray hair worrying about the impending impact of America’s aging population, but they’re only slowly taking steps to meet the challenges that will arise as post-World War Two baby boomers start reaching retirement age in 2011. The impact is already apparent in Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Iowa, states with the highest percentage of people over 65. But it will soon become more widespread. By 2030, nearly one American in five will be 65 or older. Fewer than one in eight are elderly now.Read on…

Seniors don’t just watch softball, they’re flocking to play


Senior Softball-USA estimates that in the last eight years, the number of players around the country 50 and older has nearly doubled to 2.8 million. And the number of highly organized teams that travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to play in tournaments has doubled from 500 to about 1,000 in the last five years, said R.B. Thomas, the executive director of the International Senior Softball Association, one of 10 national senior softball associations. “We have some 80 and older teams now in the country,” he said. “Older people are staying more active, and senior softball fits into a lifestyle for seniors.” With more and more baby boomers pushing their way past 50, senior softball enthusiasts expect the game to keep growing.Read on…

India plans law to force children to care for aging parents: report


NEW DELHI – India’s government hopes to pass a law that will force children to take care of their elderly parents, a news report said on Saturday. The Old Persons Bill will “compel the progeny to perform the responsibilities which they have toward their parents in their old age,” The Times of India newspaper said, quoting from the bill’s provisions. If both houses of Parliament pass the legislation, it will pave the way for tribunals and set a six-month deadline for judges to try such cases, the newspaper said. It said the bill will be brought before the legislature this year, but did not specify a date. India’s traditional family structure has been breaking up, with changing social mores and the advent of retirement homes across the country. “The younger generation is increasingly unwilling to look after parents and provide them with food, shelter and emotional needs,” the paper quoted Satita Prasad, the federal secretary for social justice, as saying. Government officials at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs could not be immediately reached for comment.Read on…

NY Nursing home adjusts to rising population of men


Though men are still in the minority at nursing facilities, their ranks are increasing as the life expectancy gap between men and women narrows. That shift is forcing staff at senior homes to change the way they operate. One pressing issue is keeping men _ many of whom hail from a generation where they focused on little outside of work _ socially active. Getting together for the weekly Daughters of Sarah men’s group brings men out of their shells and fosters a sense of bonding, said Don Brown, a resident who has welcomed the increasing number of male residents at the home over the past several years. “Guys talk more when they’re together. But when we’re in a setting like this,” said Brown, motioning around the dining room populated mostly by women, “we keep to ourselves.”Read on…

A good network of friends might help seniors live longer


According to a report published in the July issue of The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, older people with better social networks with friends are less likely to die over a 10-year follow-up than older people with poorer friends networks. But in what may come as a surprising finding to older people who rely on their children and other relatives, having a large network of relatives is not associated with longer life.Read on…

Maryland Professor of Education (Emerita) Nancy Schlossberg can best be described as a “Retirement Guru.”


She is a Baby Boomer expert, who can talk about adult development, adult transitions, career development, and intergenerational relationships. She has written extensively about retirement planning – an issue that is coming to the forefront for those Americans who are part of the Baby Boom Generation (defined as individuals born between 1946 and 1967). Baby Boomers will start turning 60 on January 1, 2006, and as of July 1, can start taking money out of their 401(k) retirement accounts without IRS penalty. During a recent conversation, Prof. Schlossberg talked about what Baby Boomers want in the future, as well as some of the key issues that generation needs to be thinking about as retirement looms.Q: Are Baby Boomers Ready for Retirement?

Read on…

Aging America needs more pharmacists


Applications to pharmacy schools across the nation have soared as word has spread that graduates are virtually guaranteed lucrative jobs. Pharmacy openings are multiplying as the aging population increasingly needs professionals to dispense, manage and research a growing list of prescription medications. Even as more universities offer pharmacy degrees and turn out larger graduating classes, the industry projects there won’t be enough bodies to avoid a personnel shortfall. Nearly 73,000 students applied for admission to pharmacy schools last fall, and about one in seven were accepted. This compares to about 47,000 applicants the previous year and just over 33,000 in 2002, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Last year, 7,770 students received PharmD, or doctor of pharmacy degrees, the most ever, according to the association.Read on…

Studies for seniors projects need extra attention


Developers of seniors projects need a very special kind of market study. For example, the demand for seniors rental housing has very little to do with job growth, simply because many seniors aren’t working. Instead, analysts use a variety of measures to tell whether a proposed seniors project has enough potential renters. Analysts first count the eligible senior renters in the local market. They also count lower-income senior homeowners. “Every time I ask a manager [of a seniors project], they say about 60% of their residents are moving from their homes,” said Margaret Allen, CEO of AGM Financial Services, based in Baltimore. New seniors can also move into a market to live near their grown-up children. Analysts look at the level of seniors that have recently moved in from out of town, in addition to counting the number of young adults in the area that could potentially bring parents into the market. Analysts also look at the number of competing projects. “On a seniors project, it is such a narrow universe,” said Bob Lefenfeld, a principal with Real Property Research Group, Inc., based in Savage, Md. “It’s crucial to do a penetration analysis.” A penetration analysis compares the total number of housing units that are targeted to seniors to the total number of potential tenant households in a market. The size of a project’s market is also important. If an analyst overestimates the size of a project’s market, the analyst will also overestimate demand. The market area for a seniors project is often much smaller than that of a family project. That’s because seniors are less willing to move away from their doctors, churches and friends. “You’re dealing with people with a life history of patterns,” Lefenfeld said.Read on…

Support Our Sponsor – Foot Efx


Foot Efx (Maryland / DC) is proud to announce programs geared to addressing the many foot care issues faced by seniors and the senior care-giver community. We provide onsite shoe fitting services, an excellent selection of orthopedic and shock absorbing shoes and arch supports. We administer the Medicare sponsored diabetic shoe program. We also have a balance program that will help address the issue of senior falls.For more information about our Senior Living Community Programs, please call 301 816-4663, e- mail: [email protected] and visit our web site at:

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