Tips on Dementia Caregiving in the COVID-19 Outbreak
by Liz Seegert. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is hard enough during normal times. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect communities around the U.S., though, it’s not surprising that family caregivers are anxious, unnerved and confused.
If you’re caring for a family member with dementia during this global health crisis, there are ways to minimize stress, care for your family and care for yourself, too.
Dementia itself does not increase the risk of COVID-19; however, dementia-related behaviors may increase risk. People with dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Read More
Innovative Center Improves Alzheimer’s Awareness Through Contextual Research on Arab Americans
by Hassan Abbas. This article originally appeared in The Arab American News.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS — The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) is a newly formed Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), housed at the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Aging.
The center partners with Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University to address issues that surround Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). It shares what is known about ADRD to create awareness, share resources and ultimately promote good health and well-being. It especially engages with the Middle Eastern/Arab American (ME/AA) communities in Metro Detroit and Latino communities in Grand Rapids.
As part of its.... Read More
Don’t Let Social Distancing Isolate Elders
This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.
Although the implementation of social distancing is necessary to flatten the coronavirus curve and prevent the current pandemic from worsening, the stress of isolation can have an affect on anyone. With elders designated as “high risk,” elders and those supporting them worry that precautions could further isolate this vulnerable community, exacerbating loneliness and stress.
Chronic stress is harmful to your health and can be particularly hazardous for elders. Although it’s difficult to determine the extent to which chronic stress affects the health of elders, there is undoubtedly a correlation.
Here are some articles discussing both the need to stay socially distant.... Read More
Hidden and Buried and Locked
by Cynthia McCormick. This article originally appeared in the Cape Cod Times.
When Cape snowbird Marie Seufert tells people in her Florida retirement community that she’s a widow, they sometimes ask when her husband died.
“I say, ’No, it was my wife,” said Seufert, 71, who lost Mary Sidlevicz, her spouse of nearly nine years, on Jan. 5, 2017.
“There were people in Florida who kept referring to her as my ‘friend.’ I kept correcting them. It was my No. 1 relationship,” Seufert said.
“I have to come out to people whether I want to or not. I’d rather just play golf,” Seufert said during a phone interview.
Support Group “A Relief”
Seufert said it was.... Read More
National Nutrition Month: Highlight on the Elder Index and Food Insecurity
Developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Elder Index tool is used to measure the income older people need to meet their daily living expenses while staying independent in their own homes. The Elder Index tool is specific to household size, location, housing and health status, unlike the Federal Poverty Level, another index used to assess income level.
Additionally, the Elder Index accounts for the cost of healthcare, transportation, miscellaneous essentials, and food. After attending the webinar “Promoting Better Communities for Older.... Read More
Simple Tips for Eating Well
by Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN. This article originally appeared on the blog of the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
There are few things in life as comforting and nourishing as food, but it can be controversial and confusing, too. It’s so essential to life one would think common sense is the main ingredient in making food choices, and common sense—along with personal heritage and beliefs—is an important guidepost. Food cultures around the world can look very different from one another, and each can be healthy. Rather than ignoring food customs and preferences, let’s anchor them.... Read More
‘We Weren’t Expected to Live This Long’
by Grace Birnstengel. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.
More than 500,000 people over 50 in the U.S. are growing older with the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) that, if untreated, cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
While some have contracted HIV/AIDS in their later years (sparse sexual health promotion for older adults is often to blame), the bulk of these survivors were diagnosed decades ago, back in the throes of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, when.... Read More
Diverse Elders Coalition Urges Policy Changes to Protect Diverse Elders from COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2020
CONTACT: Jenna McDavid, National Director
Diverse Elders Coalition urges policy changes to protect diverse older adults from COVID-19
New York, NY — Today, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) issued a plea to Congress in support of policy changes and protective measures to limit the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on older adults from communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
“People 60 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions (e.g., diabetes, HIV, heart disease, and lung disease), are most vulnerable to getting sick or even dying from COVID-19. Many of the communities we represent already.... Read More
Giving Visibility to Southeast Asian American Journeys
The daughter of Cambodian refugees, Jennifer Tang grew up with her family of five in a small apartment in Chinatown, where gang violence was not uncommon, and poverty was evident.
“And yet, I always had a sense of hope because I could see what world was possible through my amazing public schools and libraries,” said Tang, a teacher and SEARAC Leadership and Advocacy Training alumnus who resides in Monterey Park, CA. “I knew that if I studied hard, I could become whatever I wanted to be. And if many of my peers studied hard, the circumstances of our community could improve.”
SEARAC, together with our friends at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, had the.... Read More
Latinos, Victims of Depression Who Are Unaware or Live in Denial
by Agustín Durán. This article originally appeared in Spanish in La Opinión. Para leer en español, haga clic aquí.
Since her daughter Clara died, Gladys, 58, has barely participated in family celebrations; she is constantly sick, and her appearance seems very fragile.
She says that everything is fine, that they are the ailments of her age. She refuses to see a therapist and affirms she is not crazy. Gladys blames her sadness and lack of desire to do anything as pure figments of her children’s imaginations.
The truth is that 14 years have gone by since Clara died, but Gladys gives those she meets the impression that her daughter just died yesterday. Still, the immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico, denies.... Read More