A major goal is to help seniors maintain function and independence Visual

A major goal is to help seniors maintain function and

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-A major goal is to help seniors maintain function and independence Visual impairment impacts social abilities, depression, falls, and communication.
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Cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma Hearing loss one of most common conditions affecting older adults. Older adults may be reluctant to utilize hearing aides. Encourage families to increase successful communication by reducing background noise and adjust lighting for optimal vision. Dental problems are neglected because of inadequate dental care, limited mobility and transportation, poor nutrition Incontinence affects quality of life and is a symptom of underlying problems Falls Interventions to reduce falls include well lit paths to the bathroom, removal of throw rugs, exercise for strength and balance, and well fitting and secure non-slip shoes, medication review, and nutrition to support healthy bones (calcium, vit. D) Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Driver safety Residential fire-related injuries Cold and heat stress disorders Elder abuse Often times caregivers/family become overwhelmed caring for individuals increased needs. Intervention may be to explain about respite care to provide a break for the caregiver. Crime Psychosocial disorders Anxiety disorders Depression Substance abuse Suicide Alzheimer’s disease Slowly progressive brain disorder: begins with mild memory loss; progresses through stages to total incapacitation and eventually death. Diagnosing is difficult; often reached after all other conditions ruled out. Assessment tools include:
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Mini-Cog Clock drawing No cure and limited treatment options are available What are strategies to address the health care provider shortage in rural areas? Disparities include key indicators of health: p. Employment q. Income r. Education s. Health insurance t. Mortality u. Morbidity v. Access to care d. Health care provider shortages a. Rural shortages likely to become worse b. Need to “grow their own”: supporting local students obtaining an education while continuing to work and live at home. c. Telemedicine i. Cost-effective alternative to face-to-face care ii. Telehealth includes telephones, fax machines, email, and remote monitoring iii. Telemedicine permits two-way, real-time, interactive communication between patient and provider
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