Aging http://kut.org en Texas Near the Very Bottom in Some Elderly Care Measures http://kut.org/post/texas-near-very-bottom-some-elderly-care-measures <p>A national score card out today ranks states on the long-term services they provide for the elderly –&nbsp;and while Texas sits in the middle of the pack overall, it's at the very bottom in some important measures.</p><p>The report looks at indicators like affordability, quality of care and support for family caregivers. Overall, Texas ranks&nbsp;30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;on care for older adults. Minnesota tops the list while Alabama and Kentucky are at the bottom. <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-your-state-rates-terms-long-term-care">Read more on the overall report</a>.</p><p>But on some specific indicators, however, Texas is at the very bottom. In both quality of care and quality of life, Texas ranks 49<sup>th</sup>, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.longtermscorecard.org/">2014 Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard</a>. High staff &nbsp;turnover, the use of antipsychotic medications and a high rate of pressure sores pull the state's score down.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:31:46 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10637 at http://kut.org Texas Near the Very Bottom in Some Elderly Care Measures South Texas Has Dozens of Adult Day Centers - and Austin Has Just One http://kut.org/post/south-texas-has-dozens-adult-day-centers-and-austin-has-just-one <p>Seniors in the Rio Grande Valley’s Hidalgo County have dozens of day care centers to choose from – places that help keep seniors from spending the day home alone.</p><p>Centers like Mi Casa Adult Day Care in Mission, Texas – not far from McAllen&nbsp;–&nbsp;dot many street corners here in this part of the Rio Grande Valley. They offer rides to see the doctor, to pay bills or to pick up a social security check.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139958454&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:52:05 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9978 at http://kut.org South Texas Has Dozens of Adult Day Centers - and Austin Has Just One 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices http://kut.org/post/promotoras-help-texas-borders-poorest-seniors-make-healthy-choices <p>Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.</p><p>Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a&nbsp;Texas A&amp;M professor and his team of&nbsp;community health workers – or "promotoras&nbsp;de&nbsp;salud”&nbsp;– are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>They're working in places like the colonia&nbsp;border town of&nbsp;Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is &nbsp;one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138125551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:39:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9899 at http://kut.org 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices How 'Golden Girls' Models the Future Of Senior Housing in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/how-golden-girls-models-future-senior-housing-central-texas <p>The number of seniors living in Central Texas is soaring – and so is the cost of living.</p><p>That’s making “<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=golden+girls&amp;oq=golden+girls&amp;aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60j69i61l2j0l2.1464j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;espv=210&amp;es_sm=91&amp;ie=UTF-8">The Golden Girls</a>” far more than a funny '80s&nbsp;TV show. The show's shared-living arrangement could become a template for senior housing in cities like Austin.</p><p>Helene&nbsp;Frager&nbsp;says she dreamt she would live like Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy and Rose by now. "I always had this fear of growing old and alone. When I used to watch the program, 'The Golden Girls,' I said, ‘Hey, they’re not too bad! They have companionship, they have each other, they can talk about things,"&nbsp;she says.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137292958&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:17:04 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9875 at http://kut.org How 'Golden Girls' Models the Future Of Senior Housing in Central Texas In Texas, Elderly Population Gets Help from Increasingly Older Caregivers http://kut.org/post/texas-elderly-population-gets-help-increasingly-older-caregivers <p>As older Americans make up a greater percentage of the population, more of them are finding themselves in need of home care workers.</p><p>That workforce is aging as well, and Texas is no exception.&nbsp;</p><p>Take Henrietta City. She's in her early&nbsp;60s&nbsp;and she&nbsp;helps Betty Finn in her early&nbsp;80s&nbsp;every&nbsp;week. On a recent afternoon that meant trying to hang a clock on a wall of Finn’s apartment, but the work takes a lot of different forms.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134694340&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:10:50 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9782 at http://kut.org In Texas, Elderly Population Gets Help from Increasingly Older Caregivers Power for Parkinson's Inspires Patients to Step Into an Active Life http://kut.org/post/power-parkinsons-inspires-patients-step-active-life <p class="p1">With a vibrant live music scene, a bustling tech sector and a top-flight university, Austin seems like an oasis for young people.</p><p class="p1">However, the seemingly youthful Texas capital isn't wasted on the young.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Austin-Round Rock area has the fastest growing population of people between ages 55 and 64, and the third-fastest growing for those 65 and over, according to U.S. Census data.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">An organization called Power for Parkinson's is offering those affected by the disease a chance to step forward into an active, healthy life.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127765095&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:03:06 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9483 at http://kut.org Power for Parkinson's Inspires Patients to Step Into an Active Life Experts Turn to Tech as Texas Population Ages and Geriatric Doctors Dwindle http://kut.org/post/experts-turn-tech-texas-population-ages-and-geriatric-doctors-dwindle <p>Almost 3 million people in Texas are between the ages of 65 and 85,&nbsp;according to the office of the state demographer. That number is expected to more than double by the year 2040.</p><p>Texas – like the rest of the country – lacks enough geriatric mental health professionals to match the population. So experts are looking at alternatives to help seniors overcome depression --&nbsp;that includes one approach using technology.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128243379&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:01:10 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9492 at http://kut.org Experts Turn to Tech as Texas Population Ages and Geriatric Doctors Dwindle LGBT Elders Face Extra Challenges http://kut.org/post/lgbt-elders-face-extra-challenges <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94732346&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/lgbt/">LGBT Pride Month</a> begins June 1. While many situations are unique to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience, you many think aging is not. But there are increased risks for LGBT seniors.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:35:53 +0000 Kate McGee 7942 at http://kut.org LGBT Elders Face Extra Challenges Next Breakthrough in Alzheimer's Research Could Happen in Texas http://kut.org/post/next-breakthrough-alzheimers-research-could-happen-texas <p>The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is partnering with Baylor College of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to <a href="http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012/belfer-gift-creates-consortium-targeting-neurodegenerative-diseases.html" target="_blank">st</a><a href="http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2012/belfer-gift-creates-consortium-targeting-neurodegenerative-diseases.html" target="_blank">udy Alzheimer’s and similar neurodegenerative diseases</a>.</p><p>Together, the researchers are forming the Neurodegeneration Consortium (NDC). The researchers plan to take what they say is a new approach to studying Alzheimer’s. Most previous research has been based primarily on one theory, which posits that Alzheimer’s and the related degeneration are caused by the build-up of a specific chemical in the brain.</p><p>But NDC investigators believe recent medical research and advances indicate that <em>many </em>factors may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s. They plan to study and identify these factors and hope the knowledge they gain can be used to create better diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s and similar conditions. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:53:06 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5467 at http://kut.org Next Breakthrough in Alzheimer's Research Could Happen in Texas Local Seniors Staying Physically, Socially Active http://kut.org/post/local-seniors-staying-physically-socially-active <p>May is Older Americans Month &mdash;&nbsp;and every year. &nbsp;more people fit into that category. The Administration on Aging says more than a quarter of Americans will be <a href="http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/future_growth/future_growth.aspx" target="_blank">60 or older by 2030</a>.</p><p>The YMCA of Austin hosted a luncheon today for seniors to encourage them to stay physically and socially active. <a href="http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/2010_Documents/Highlights.aspx" target="_blank">Research shows</a> older adults are facing more problems with obesity than in decades past and seniors tend to spend less time socializing as they age.</p><p>Denise Thomas is the owner of Home Instead &mdash; an in-home care agency. She&rsquo;s working with the YMCA to honor several area seniors who are bettering their lives and the lives of others by staying active and volunteering for groups like Meals on Wheels.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 18:20:53 +0000 Laura Rice 4196 at http://kut.org Local Seniors Staying Physically, Socially Active