ProAging Email Network Newsletter October 13, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter October 13, 2005

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in this issue
— Used Medical Equipment
— Howard County Office on Aging 50+EXPO
— Metro Aging in Place Coalition Sponsorship Opportunity
— SHORTAGE OF TRAINED GERIATRICIANS CREATES LOOMING CRISIS AS BABY BOOMER GENERATION AGES TO JOIN NATION’S 35 MILLION OLDER CITIZENS
— National Association for Home Care and Hospice Announces Strategic Partnership to Help Workers Save on Health Care Services & Products
— If only we knew the secret to aging well…it’s a mystery humans have been desperately trying to uncover for years.
— SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – The Piano Man
— DON’T MISS THE Senior Expo Professional Breakfast Next Week!

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Used Medical Equipment

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Wheelchair, walkers, battery-powered scooter, power adapter for manual and more for sale by caregiver. Gently used and in very good condition. For complete list, send an email to mdcaregivers@msn.com.Carolyn Erwin-Johnson, Correspondent


Howard County Office on Aging 50+EXPO

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The Howard County Office on Aging is hosting the annual 50+EXPO on Friday, October 21st from 9am to 4pm at Wilde Lake High School. This event provides information about services for older adults and their families and it’s free! With more than 140 exhibitors and educational seminars on health, housing options, and emergency preparedness, this all-day event offers much to all who attend. There is entertainment throughout the day and even a live auction to benefit needy seniors in Howard County. There is a health fair offering health screenings and health education.

This year’s educational seminars include:

Health Matters–offering information about taking medications properly, food and drug interactions, and oral health
Housing Matters–offering information about housing options from apartments to home purchases to looking for an assisted living facility
Emergency Preparedness–the Citizens Emergency Response Network (CERN) will provide 2 interactive presentations to teach individuals how to shelter in place should an emergency arise.
Flu and pneumonia vaccines are also offered –free to Medicare Part B recipients with card, $20 otherwise. Flu vaccines are available for those 65+ or those under 65 with underlying, chronic medical conditions. For more information, call the 50+EXPO HOTLINE at 410-313-6406; TTY 410-313-6401.Read on…


Metro Aging in Place Coalition Sponsorship Opportunity

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The Metro Aging in Place Coalition is helping to sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner with the Howard County Office on Aging on November 15 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland.
We will be assembling “goody bags” to give to approximately 900 attendees at both a lunch and dinner. We are looking for organizations who provide services to help people “Age in Place” who are interested in having their information and/or promotional products distributed to the attendees of this event. The cost to have your materials included in the goody bags is $100For further information, or to sign up to participate, please contact Julie Rosenthal, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland at 410-997- 3557 x430.


SHORTAGE OF TRAINED GERIATRICIANS CREATES LOOMING CRISIS AS BABY BOOMER GENERATION AGES TO JOIN NATION’S 35 MILLION OLDER CITIZENS

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NEW YORK (October 12, 2005)”” Only a handful of today’s medical students are prepared for the older patients who will dominate waiting rooms and hospitals during the next decade, when today’s baby boomers join more than 40 million Americans currently on Medicare.

Already, older Americans account for one-third of all hospital stays and half of all days of inpatient hospital care. By 2015, most health care professionals will spend at least half their time caring for people over 65.

But only 10 of the nation’s 125 medical schools require courses in geriatrics, and only three have established geriatrics departments.

Older Americans and their families””the Boomers”” have the right to expect that their physicians have received specialized training in the needs and problems of the older persons, says Dr. Robert Butler, President and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA).

Such training would help eliminate the “disorganized and confusing” medical treatment to which older Americans now are commonly subjected, says Butler, who was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging in 1975 and in 1982 established the first geriatric department in any U.S. hospital medical school, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Currently, with barely one percent of the nation’s 700,000 physicians certified in geriatrics, “symptoms are often misunderstood or dismissed,” says Butler. “Diagnoses are often made or missed and adverse drug interactions are common.” Seventeen percent of all older persons wind up in the emergency room each year because of adverse drug reactions.

The problem of inadequate attention to the medical needs of older persons will become dramatically more acute as baby boomers, some 20 percent of the U.S. population, “graduate” to Medicare.

Actions recommended by the International Longevity Center-USA include:
· Integration of geriatrics into every subject in medical school.
· Establishing formal geriatric programs or departments in all of the nation’s medical schools.
· Requiring all medical students to rotate through care facilities for aging patients, including hospitals, rehabilitative care, home care, nursing home care, and palliative care.
· Creating a pool of academic geriatricians to educate all doctors in the care of older people.
· Training of all primary and specialty physicians in geriatrics.
The International Longevity Center-USA is a research policy organization in New York City and has sister centers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Led by Dr. Robert N. Butler, a world renowned physician specializing in geriatrics, the Center is a non-for- profit, non-partisan organization with a staff of economists, medical and health researchers, demographers and others who study the impact of population aging on society.Read on…


National Association for Home Care and Hospice Announces Strategic Partnership to Help Workers Save on Health Care Services & Products

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Through a joint effort by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), Willow Financial Services, LLC- provider of financial services to the home care industry, and HealthAllies(R), Inc., a UnitedHealth Group company, employees of NAHC member companies will soon have access to health care at discounted rates, receiving typical savings of 10 to 50 percent on a variety of health-related services. The National Association for Home Care (NAHC) is the nation’s largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. NAHC’s members are companies and organizations that provide care in a home and hospice setting.Read on…


If only we knew the secret to aging well…it’s a mystery humans have been desperately trying to uncover for years.

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How do you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror? Notice a few more wrinkles…maybe a couple of extra lines? If only we knew the secret to aging well…it’s a mystery humans have been desperately trying to uncover for years. But now Professor Julie Byles, Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Aging at the University of Newcastle, may have some answers… “The secret is 90% attitude, some of it is genetics, and then it’s also important to be able to adapt to change in your life.”Read on…


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – The Piano Man

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THE PIANO MAN entertains at communities like yours in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. Your piano or his portable. Residents sing along, play “Name That Tune” and make song requests — everything popular from 1905 to 2005. Available 7 days/week including holidays.E-mail ThePianoManDC@earthlink.net or call (202) 966-8000.

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DON’T MISS THE Senior Expo Professional Breakfast Next Week!

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ProAging Meeting – SENIOR EXPO/BABY BOOMER EXPO PROFESSIONAL BREAKFAST
Date: 10/20/2005
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 ish
Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds – 4H Building
2200 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093
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Description: Don’t miss the networking event of the year! Come out and enjoy refreshments, networking, and an interesting and energetic presentation BEFORE the HUGE Senior and Baby Boomer Expo! Bring plenty of business cards and brochures. After the event you can be one of the first in the door to the regions largest event for seniors and their loved ones with free admission!
Contact: Steve Gurney / Barbara Snyder
Phone Number: 1-800-394-9990
Email Address: sgurney@gwpi.net

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