The shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants in Aging Services is reaching a critical point. Piled on top of the current shortage is the projected need. However, systemic and sustainable solutions have evaded the industry.
Until a miracle cure is found to stop, reverse or drastically slow down the aging process, the news flash of the day is that we will all leave this earth someday. In our anti-aging driven society of wrinkle reducers and body re-shaping, the fact is that all of us are, shall I say it - AGING! The question is not that we are aging, but can we age well through the challenges of aging?
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Having a sense of purpose and a community network in which to provide these avenues seems to be important for brain health, an important component of aging well. But aging well starts with more basic work. Some of these include:
Aging isn't just for old people - we are all connected. As the world ages at break-neck speed, how well are we preparing future generations to live in an aging world? Are we treating the very young and very old in our society as bookends simply in place to hold our "middle" years in place?
I wonder if "retirement" will be one of those words that get's shelved as such a "twenty-tens" thing. Why the buzz about nixing retirement?
(Society for Neuroscience) The discovery that the human brain can produce new cells in adulthood offers just one example of how adaptable the brain is throughout life. With this knowledge, researchers are investigating how normal aging as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease affect that adaptability, and how we can maintain healthy brain function as our brains age. So what is neuroplasticity?
Families caring for aging adults have and will continue to reach unprecedented numbers affecting every corner of our society. We MUST address the complex needs of this population who are the foundation of long-term care nationwide, exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states (National Alliance for Caregiving and Overcare, March 2009). Jo Horne, author of Caregiving: Helping an Aging Love One created the Caregiver's Bill of Rights. These are powerful and impactful words of hope and guidance for each and every person caring for a family member or friend:
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