By Nicole Kennedy
Traumatic incidents occur on an almost daily basis. Older adults are the most vulnerable population in a disaster. First responders and caregivers provide immediate assistance but it is what occurs in the aftermath that should be of great concern. Knowing how to deal with these incidents and understanding how PTSD can impact seniors is necessary for aftercare.
Whether they are in independent housing or assisted living facilities, the ability to recover from a traumatic event deals mostly with the person and the mental and physical state they are in after the event. They are forced to move from their homes, separated from friends and neighbors, and uprooted from their sense of comfort. Additionally, many seniors are on medication and may suffer from chronic illnesses. For these reasons, it is important to make sure seniors receive the same level of care and attention after the traumatic event as during.
In order to serve the senior population during a traumatic event, emergency planners have to plan effectively for them. This requires consideration of their physical and mental needs. Suggestions for providing adequate aftercare:
- Get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Find some familiar comforts of home.
- Identify needed medications and try to supply them as quickly as possible.
- Locate family and friends.
The senior population needs just as much help as others. The mental and physical toll of a disaster can weigh heavily on them. Creating programs that tailor assistance to the needs of the elderly can help to reduce stress and incidents of PTSD.
As we prepare for this Veterans Day, let us not forget those who sacrifice their ALL! In honor of those who have served this great country, we say THANK YOU! Thank you for your time and commitment to making this world a better place. Thank you for providing a safe haven for all who are able to sleep soundly while you protect our walls. Thank you to your families for sharing you with us. THANK YOU!
Take time today talking with your senior veterans and have them share stories of their tour. Show interest in what they gave to make sure our country is safe. Men and women of the Armed Forces risk their lives and we must take this time to ensure that them and their families are respected and honored.
There are a wealth of activities and discounts that are available to our veterans on this day. Please check on your family members and neighbors. Help them participate in the community activities that celebrate them and their service to our country.
We appreciate all that you do and have done to make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy
By Nicole Kennedy
The American Diabetes Association hosts its annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day on the last Tuesday of March. The ADA wants to bring awareness to type 2 diabetes and encourage people to take their Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. They also want to inform people about preventative measures and treatments.
Type 2 diabetes, also referred to as adult onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. The chances of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Seniors with diabetes are an especially vulnerable population as they are at a higher risk of falls, function disability, and cognitive impairment. Seniors with uncontrolled diabetes can lead to other serious diseases such as kidney disease, blindness and could potentially require amputations, so it is very important to practice healthy habits.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Enjoy an activity such as walking, swimming or even dancing If possible
Ditch fatty and sugary foods and pick up a few fruits and vegetables
Use less oil and butter and switch to a non-stick spray or low-salt broth for cooking
Drink water instead of sodas and juices
Make most of your grains whole grains
Monitor your blood sugar, medications and insulin