Elderly http://nhpr.org en Giving Matters: Elderly Residents Stocking The Cupboard Courtesy of The CareGivers http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-elderly-residents-stocking-cupboard-courtesy-caregivers <p><a href="http://www.caregiversnh.org/" target="_blank">The CareGivers</a> &nbsp;is dedicated to helping elders stay in their homes, and provides services that help them do so. Elsie relies on the CareGivers for help grocery shopping and getting to appointments. And each month, she welcomes a volunteer from the <a href="http://www.caregiversnh.org/services/caring-cupboard.html" target="_blank">CareGivers Caring Cupboard</a>&nbsp;food pantry.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:57:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 49713 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Elderly Residents Stocking The Cupboard Courtesy of The CareGivers At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Actors Fake Dementia To Train Caregivers http://nhpr.org/post/dartmouth-hitchcock-actors-fake-dementia-train-caregivers <p>About <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/aging/caregiving/facts.htm">90 percent of Americans who need long term care get it from unpaid family members</a>. That puts a strain on a lot of relatives who have neither enough time nor the training to care for loved ones with brain disorders such as dementia.</p><p>So Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., gives classes to family caregivers, <a href="http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring09/html/vs_actors.php">and recruits actors to play the patients</a>.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:53:16 +0000 Charlotte Albright 43073 at http://nhpr.org A Look At Older Workers, Post-Recession http://nhpr.org/post/look-older-workers-post-recession <p>We continue our series with a look at older workers. Some found themselves suddenly out of a job due to recession. Now, half a decade later, we’re seeing how they’ve adjusted - and the many paths they’ve taken, by choice or necessity.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Kelly Clark – </strong>state director of AARP-New Hampshire</li><li><strong>Dennis Delay</strong> – economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies; also New Hampshire forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership</li></ul><p><strong><u>CALLOUTS: </u></strong></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38726 at http://nhpr.org A Look At Older Workers, Post-Recession The Language Of Dementia Turned Into Poetry http://nhpr.org/post/language-dementia-turned-poetry <p>People living with dementia can appear to live in their own world, a complicated, non-linear inner world not so easily communicated to, or understood by others. The London-based writer <strong>S<strong>usanna</strong>&nbsp;Howard</strong> is attempting to give people with dementia a voice by visiting with them and recording their words as poetry.&nbsp;</p><p>Susanna is artistic director of <em><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/words-of-dementia-sufferers-woven-into-poetry-by-susanna-howard-8542807.html">Living Words</a>,</em>&nbsp;an arts and literature program helping people with dementia feel understood and heard even when communication seems lost.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out the <em>Living Words</em> website <a href="http://www.livingwords.org.uk/">here.</a></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:13:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36043 at http://nhpr.org The Language Of Dementia Turned Into Poetry Elder Abuse In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/elder-abuse-new-hampshire <p>It’s often a hidden problem: The aged living alone or isolate from the community, where they fall prey to mistreatment by caregivers or family members. The abuse can be physical, emotional or involve financial exploitation. Now, senior advocates are pushing to raise awareness about these problems and emphasize the responsibility to report them.</p><p></p><p><u><strong>Guests:</strong></u></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 34353 at http://nhpr.org Elder Abuse In New Hampshire Forget Dogs...How About Therapy Llamas? http://nhpr.org/post/forget-dogshow-about-therapy-llamas <p>There are many ways to ease the pangs of loneliness, illness, and old age –among them, spending time with a friendly animal companion. More than ten thousand animals are currently registered as care workers in the United States - only fourteen of them however, are llamas. I recently spoke with llama trainer Niki Kuklenski of <a href="http://home.nas.com/jnkllamas/">J.N.K. Llamas</a> about how this unusual animal is playing a role in human therapy.</p><p>Check out a video from <em><a href="http://www.colorsmagazine.com/stories/magazine/83/story/beat-your-intimacy-issues">Colors Magazine</a></em> that shows Niki's llamas in action. Wed, 08 May 2013 14:46:48 +0000 Taylor Quimby 27084 at http://nhpr.org Forget Dogs...How About Therapy Llamas? Sex And The Elderly http://nhpr.org/post/sex-and-elderly <p>According to a 2010 AARP survey, 85% of men and 61% of women over fifty said sex is important to their quality of life. This number, coupled with increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases among adults over fifty, clashes with our societal taboo surrounding the elderly libido. <strong>Jessica Gentile</strong> wrote about that conflict, and the value of embracing sexuality at all ages for an Atlantic piece called “<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/the-87-year-old-virgin/274304/" target="_blank">The 87 Year Old Virgin</a>.”</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:06:45 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24939 at http://nhpr.org Sex And The Elderly If I Could Save Time in a Bank.... http://nhpr.org/post/if-i-could-save-time-bank <p>A new project in Concord uses time as currency. As it turns out, this currency might be more valuable than money, but not nearly as taxable.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:48:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 6685 at http://nhpr.org If I Could Save Time in a Bank.... Oregon Emphasizes Choices At The End Of Life http://nhpr.org/post/oregon-emphasizes-choices-end-life It turns out Americans facing death want something they also want in life: choice.<p>A <a href="http://www.ohsu.edu/polst/programs/documents/POLST.2011.BWsmaple.pdf">two-page form</a> created in Oregon is providing insight into how people want to be cared for at the end of their lives. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:38:00 +0000 Kristian Foden-Vencil 2403 at http://nhpr.org Oregon Emphasizes Choices At The End Of Life What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work http://nhpr.org/post/what-retirement-seniors-are-getting-back-work At 75, many people imagine they'll be retired and spending their time playing cards or on a golf course. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of working seniors is actually on the rise. In fact, it's more than doubled since 1990.<p>Ella Washington decided to go back to work at 83. Today, she's a receptionist in training at a senior living home outside Washington, D.C. She's hoping it will be a stepping stone to a real job, which she's been looking for since 2005.<p>"People say, 'Why do you want to go out and work?' But my question is: Why sit at home?" Washington says. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:19:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 1870 at http://nhpr.org What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work