Each day, more than 800 Americans suffer a hip fracture. Most of those fractures are due to falls, and most happen to seniors, who have lower bone density and muscle mass than the rest of the population.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as part of a partnership with WITF's program, Transforming Health, will host the caregiving workshop, "Caring for Mom and Dad" on May 9 at the University Fitness Center.
WITF’s Transforming Health will present “Caring for Mom & Dad,” a resource event for caregivers from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at the WITF Public Media Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a sponsor of this event.
People with dementia resist care when they feel threatened. In general, these patients cannot care for themselves and need help. Nurses who care for patients with dementia now have a tailored approach to dental hygiene for their charges, thanks to a pilot study by Rita A. Jablonski, Penn State assistant professor of nursing, and other nurses.
In 1980, when America was still dealing with the oil crisis from the previous decade, Ann Kolanowski, Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing at Penn State and director of the John A. Harford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, wanted to see how high energy costs were affecting the elderly. "In the middle of the energy crisis, there was a lot of concern that older people were turning down their thermostats due to cost," she said. "In a very rural part of the state I found an elderly couple huddled in their bed with their coats on -- their home was not insulated and they had run out of oil. I was able to get them emergency fuel."
There's never been a Sigmund Freud for old age. No theorists of Freud's magnitude have explored the sexuality of the elderly, notes doctoral student Sarah Goodfellow. "Culturally speaking, we have a difficult time thinking about the elderly being sexual. It makes people giggly and nervous."
Sitting at a lab desk, more like a console than a table, Jane Smith intently grasps the space-age controls. A hint of perspiration crowns her forehead as the faint whine of a drill is replaced by the sound of slick-moving mechanical parts. She focuses on the deft hand movements needed to manipulate a threadlike glass pipette. Slowly it enters the shaved skull of her "anesthetized recording preparation" (in this case, a rat). Carefully she explores its brain cavity. She's hunting for certain cells, and she can hear them coming.