Need answers on caring for your senior loved one? Listen as Kathy shares valuable lessons from her 25 years of geriatric nursing experience!
Need answers on caring for your senior loved one? Listen as Kathy shares valuable lessons from her 25 years of geriatric nursing experience!
The Pasadena Senior Expo is this Wednesday, August 14th 2019 from 9AM to Noon at the Pasadena Convention Center on Fairmont Parkway. Join us with thousands of seniors and hundreds of senior service providers. Have questions about senior living or senior care? Get them answered! There will be booths where you can learn about the free and low cost government programs for seniors plus how to get help from non-profit foundations and more!
Listen to this edition of The Senior Answer show as we learn more about the Senior Expo and about the great work being done by the wonderful staff at the Madison Jobe Senior Center in Pasadena!
The Madison Jobe Senior Center is a recreation facility for active adults 50 years of age and older. Located near the intersection of Red Bluff and Thomas, close to Hwy 225. Whether you are working, semi-retired, or retired, the center offers a variety of great leisure, educational and personal development opportunities for you. Programs offer activities that encourage and support health, creativity, and social interaction for active adults
Daily Activities include the use of exercise equipment, computer lab, billiard tables, puzzles, shuffleboard, books and games to provide recreational and social opportunities for active adults such as Bunco, Aerobics (Zumba/walk), Aerobics (low impact), 42 Players Group, BINGO, Embroidery, Bridge, Computer Classes, Line Dancing, Tap Dance Class, and Square Dancing. The center also has trips to area attractions and for $10 they will take you to Coushatta and back (they collect the money BEFORE you go!! Just in case.. LOL).
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm at 1700 E. Thomas Pasadena, TX 77506 and their number is 713-477-0175 .
You can find their schedule and newsletter at Newsletter They are also the contact center for the Pasadena RIDES program which provides non-emergency transportation services to qualified low to moderate income seniors and/or people with disabilities of any age who reside in Pasadena and who are not able to drive themselves, do not own a vehicle, or are medically/physically unable to drive. RIDES helps them find the transportation they need for travel to essential medical services, grocery shopping, errands, and social activities as well as for other needs. If eligible, a participant may receive monthly RIDES program funds (up to $75 per month) that may be used with any of the designated transportation providers.
Join us as Dr Medhavi Jogi, specialist at Houston Thyroid and Endocrine Specialists and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, as we learn about Osteoporosis and how to treat it! Some of the topics we discuss include;
Is osteoporosis an endocrine disorder?
What is the connection between the endocrine system and osteoporosis?
What population (age, genetics, etc) is most often affected the greatest by osteoporosis?
What are some important questions you should ask your endocrinologist about osteoporosis?
What kind of doctor should you see for osteoporosis?
How does the endocrinologist apply the knowledge of the endocrine system to caring for patients with osteoporosis?
What should one expect an endocrinologist do on the first visit? Follow up visits?
What are some of the different treatment options for Osteoporosis?
How do you find out that you have it? (Diagnostic testing, etc.)
How will it affect you if you do not get proper care or treatment (in the long run)?
You can get more information about Dr Medhavi Jogi and endocrine disorders at Houstonendocrine.com
Listen as Co-Host Doug shares his journey from the depths of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) hell back to loving life again! Join Doug with a leading Psychologist specializing in Post traumatic stress disorder and depression as they help you understand what Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are and how to find help for yourself or your loved one! Most people can learn to manage emotions, use healthy coping, change behaviors and get unstuck to feel better and love yourself again!
What is trauma? Trauma may occur in a variety of ways, such as natural disasters, terrorism, abuse, neglect, accidents, illnesses, crime, and multiple losses of life within a short time period. When trauma occurs, individuals typically experience similar reactions to the loss of a loved one. Oftentimes, the response is shock, disbelief, and denial. Possibly, immediately, or sometime after, people may experience intense feelings of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and hopeful/hopelessness. These feelings may be accompanied by memories, images, and thoughts related to the event. As in the loss of a loved one, eventually, individuals grieve the losses related to the trauma and begin to recover over time.
In contrast, for others following trauma, symptoms may develop that become problematic, such as reliving the events, fears/phobias to reminders of the event, flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and being always on alert. There may be changes in how survivors view the world as unsafe and may develop trust issues. They may find themselves behaving in ways that are unfamiliar and odd. These symptoms indicate possible Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is similar to war veterans responding to a television news helicopter flying overhead as though the vet is on the battlefield and trying to take cover.
Another type of response to trauma is called dissociation, which comes in various forms, such as lapses in memory, not feeling real, having an out of body experience, dulling of sensory experiences, feeling emotionally/physically numb, and in extreme cases developing other identities.
Colin A. Ross, MD. refers to Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms as “a normal response to an abnormal situation.” When trauma survivors experience Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms, they tend to feel out of control and fear never being functional again.
There is hope. Through treatment with a trauma specialist, survivors can attain a new normal. Trauma treatment helps survivors learn how to cope, to appropriately express emotions (grieve), change thoughts/beliefs/behaviors, integrate the traumatic material, and move forward in their lives. There are evidence based interventions for the treatment of trauma, which made a difference in many survivors’ lives. Help is available.
National Institute of Health PTSD: https://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=ptsd
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation: https://www.isst-d.org/default.asp
General information and “Find a therapist.”
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org
American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx
Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400
You can save a senior’s life today! Learn how with The Senior Answer, as we share how you can help Adult Protective Services protect seniors from neglect, abuse and exploitation with Rachel Portnoy with Adult Protective Services.
You can learn more about Adult Protective Services on line at APS or call their report hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can also make an on line services referral via the on line hotline at On Line Hotline Reporting.” >
Some of the topics in this program include;
What is the mission of APS? Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of the aged and disabled. When maltreatment is confirmed, APS provides or arranges services to alleviate the problem. Many people who are elderly or have disabilities live alone or are dependent on others for their care. Isolation is a factor that places vulnerable adults at risk for abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
As the population continues to age, APS will continue to see an increase in the number of reports.
More than half of all cases reported to involve neglect. Most involve self-neglect. Through illness or diminished mental capacity, vulnerable adults may no longer be able to provide adequately for their own health and safety. They may live in unsanitary conditions, without hear or running water, or may need assistance with meals and other daily activities. They may also require medical care.
Once the investigation has been completed, APS develops a service plan to address unmet needs and to ensure the safety and protection of the client. Service plans are developed with input from the client. A client with decision making capacity has the right to refuse services.
APS always starts with the least restrictive services. It is not APS protocol to remove a client from their home, this is a last resort applied only when it is a life or death scenario.
What do the terms abuse, neglect and exploitation mean?
Neglect: is the failure to provide for one’s self the goods or services, including medical services, which are necessary to avoid physical or emotional harm or pain, or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods and services.
Types of Neglect:
• Mental health
Indicators of Neglect
• Hoarding, home in deplorable conditions or disrepair
• Malnourishment, dehydration, over/under medicating
• Lack of necessities such as food, water or utilities
• Poor personal hygiene
• Lack of medical/mental health treatment
*Physical Neglect makes up over 70% of all APS cases
Abuse: Is the negligent or willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical or emotional harm or pain.
Types of Abuse:
• Physical Abuse
• Emotional/Verbal Abuse
• Sexual Abuse
Indicators of Abuse:
• Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation
• Pain from touching
• Cuts, burns, bruises, welts
• Contradictory statements, implausible stories
• Fear of perpetrator, low self-esteem, depression
• Caretaker cursing, yelling/screaming
• Sexual transmitted disease
• Unexplained pregnancy
• Prevents vulnerable adult from speaking or to seeing others
• Anger or indifference towards vulnerable adult
• Conflicting accounts of incidents
• Talks of vulnerable adult as a burden
Exploitation: is the illegal or improper act or process of a caretaker, family member, or other individual who has an on-going relationship with a person who is elderly or disabled using or attempting to use the resources of the person who is elderly or disabled for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain without informed consent of the person who is elderly or disabled.
Signs of Financial Exploitation
• Frequent expensive gifts from vulnerable adult to caregiver
• Unpaid bills, unusual activity in bank account
• Caregivers name added to bank account
• Frequent checks made out to “cash”
• Documents (will, loan etc) signed when vulnerable adult seems incapable of understanding
• Caregivers refusal to spend money on vulnerable adult
• Signatures on documents that do not resemble vulnerable adults
Have you seen the shocking video footage on the news when a Houston area family installed video cameras in their elderly mothers home after finding suspicious bruises on her? The video showed the paid caregiver repeatedly hitting the 94-year-old Alzheimer’s victim in the head and with it the family was able to stop the abuse.
Without the video surveillance equipment, the family would never have known what was happening to their mother! Join us as we learn about protecting our seniors with in home audio and video monitoring systems to with our expert guests Danny Myers and David Dusl with Lighthouse Video Surveillance of Houston. Some of the areas we will help you learn about include;
• Why install video and audio recording equipment in a loved one’s home?
• Do I need the permission of those I am recording? Dementia / Alzheimer’s – Power of attorney
• Are there legal limits on who or what I can record?
• Are there different rules for video and audio?
• Covert or overt equipment?
• What are the laws in Texas regarding selling, designing and installing camera systems?
• Is this something that can be a DIY project?
• Can I watch the system from a remote location? Can the systems alert me to unusual events?
• Should I also watch the home exterior or entryways for intruders?
• Do I need an infrared security camera?
• How often should I check to see what is recorded?
• Do I need battery backup for my camera system?
• Can outdoor cameras be used indoors or vice versa?
• How to find an installation company that is right for me?
Podiatry isn’t just about ingrown toenails and bunions and can make a real difference in both the health and quality of life for seniors! Our guest expert is Dr Liz Kroboth with South Shore Podiatry.
For the past twenty four years, Dr. Kroboth has practiced Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in the Greater Houston Area.
You might be surprised to find out they do! We invite you to listen as in this show we explain how to qualify for 100% Medicare paid in home care, what you should get and how to find an agency that meets your needs.
Topics covered include;
Who is eligible for in home care?
Must need skilled care
Must be Homebound
Must have Medicare
What services are covered
Medical Social Work
Home Health Aide
Home Health for Seniors – When should I ask for help?
Signs your loved one needs help?
Signs the caregiver needs help?
Anyone can refer to Home Health! We will contact the physician
You have the right to choose… Choosing the right Home Health Agency for your loved one
On this weeks show we will be learning about advances in mobility devices for seniors who need some assistance getting around, ranging from revolutionary new designs in walkers to patient transfer devices for those who are bedbound. Our guest is Kelly Krenzke of Humancare, a manufacturer of revolutionary products for those facing mobility challenges. You can get more information on their devices at Humancare Products and you can see their revolutionary paient transfer system at Barton Chair video
Listen and learn in then second installment of our two part series on the growing Opioids addiction problem, when we learn about recognizing addiction in yourself or a loved one, what treatments are available and how to get help.
Some of the areas we explore on this show include;
Prescription drug Opioids addiction is a national problem. There has been approximately an 80% rise in Senior Citizens who suffer Opioids addiction problems and Overdoses in the past decade.
Every day more than 115 Americans die from Opioids overdose. That is the equivalent of a Jumbo Airliner going down and crashing in the U.S. every week! The estimated “economic burden” alone is approximately $78.5 Billion dollars a year including costs of health care, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Recognizing possible Opioids dependence
o In yourself
o In a family member
Physical vs psychological dependence
OK, so you have recognized there might be a problem, now what? What treatments are available?
o Where to look for help
o Deciding what treatment provider is right for you or your loved one
Helping us with this our guest today is William Smith who is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Substance Abuse Professional with the Bay Area Recovery Center. You can get more information about the Bay Area Recovery center’s programs at bayarearecovery.com or by calling (713) 597-8385
Here are links to Helpful Information from The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services
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