elderly http://michiganradio.org en Michigan ranks low in long-term elderly care http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-low-long-term-elderly-care <div><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The state of Michigan still has a way to go when it comes to serving its aging residents.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A new national scorecard by the AARP ranks the state 31st in terms of long-term services and support for the elderly.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:51:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18077 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ranks low in long-term elderly care Detroit conference focuses on keeping senior citizens mobile http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-conference-focuses-keeping-senior-citizens-mobile <p>Keeping elderly Michiganders mobile is the subject of a conference this week in Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Kimberly Lariviere is one of the organizers of the conference. She says most adults will outlive their ability to drive safely by as much as seven to ten years.</p><p></p><p>Lariviere says the Michigan Department of Transportation will be releasing a guide for older drivers at the conference.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17555 at http://michiganradio.org Census: People more than 100 years old tend to be female and more likely to live in poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/census-people-more-100-years-old-tend-be-female-and-more-likely-live-poverty <p>The 2010 census showed about 1,700 people in Michigan were more than 100 years old.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/acsbr12-18.pdf">A new U.S. Census report</a> says those centenarians are overwhelmingly women, with less education and higher rates of poverty than other American retirees.</p><p></p><p>Brian Kincel is a statistical analyst with the U.S. Census Bureau. He says the numbers reflect social and economic conditions in the 1920s, when the current crop of centenarians came of age.</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17204 at http://michiganradio.org Census: People more than 100 years old tend to be female and more likely to live in poverty U of M research points to ways to help elderly patients recover more independence http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-research-points-ways-help-elderly-patients-recover-more-independence <p>New research from the University of Michigan may show a way to help older people recover their independence after suffering a serious injury.</p><p></p><p>It’s estimated that 40% of trauma patients will be 65 and older during the next four decades.</p><p></p><p>Getting geriatric patients back on their feet and independent is especially difficult.</p><p></p><p>U of M researchers interviewed older patients a year after being seriously injured in an accident.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15476 at http://michiganradio.org U of M research points to ways to help elderly patients recover more independence Protecting senior citizens from being abused http://michiganradio.org/post/protecting-senior-citizens-being-abused <p></p><p>It should be that every senior citizen in Michigan is safe and secure with no threat of abuse.</p><p>But that is not the case.</p><p>Elder abuse is real, whether that abuse is physical, emotional or even financial. It is one of the most underreported crimes in our state and across the country.</p><p>One guess is that 100,000 seniors in Michigan will be victimized by someone looking to take advantage of them.</p><p>This morning, Cynthia Canty was given the privilege to emcee the unveiling of a new campaign called "No Excuse for Elder Abuse".</p><p>She introduced a panel of high-ranking judges and prosecutors representing seven counties in Southeast Michigan.</p><p>Each of the judges and prosecutors at the event this morning have agreed to serve as the "champion" for the <em>No Excuse for Elder Abuse</em> campaign in his or her county.</p><p>Among those members was Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.</p><p>Smith joined us on Stateside today, to give us his experiences on elder abuse and to give us a breakdown on the patterns of what is happening, who is taking advantage of Michigan's senior citizens and what he hopes the campaign will achieve.&nbsp;</p><p>There will be Public Service Announcements hitting the airwaves promoting the confidential hotline for reporting abuse. That number is 855-444-3911.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:39:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 11895 at http://michiganradio.org Protecting senior citizens from being abused The bill changing Blue Cross Blue Shield to be signed into law Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-changing-blue-cross-blue-shield-be-signed-law-monday <p>Governor Snyder is scheduled to sign a law tomorrow that will transform Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan into a customer-owned non-profit insurance company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say the change will make Michigan’s health insurance market more competitive.</p><p></p><p>But the AARP and other opponents complain the change will eventually cost nearly 200 thousand Michigan senior citizens the Medi-gap coverage they need.</p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11723 at http://michiganradio.org The bill changing Blue Cross Blue Shield to be signed into law Monday DHS rolls out new hotline number to report child, elder abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/dhs-rolls-out-new-hotline-number-report-child-elder-abuse <p>Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mi.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> has introduced a more streamlined process for reporting child and elder abuse in the state.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of a series of child welfare improvements the state agreed to make when it settled a lawsuit with New York-based Children&rsquo;s Rights group in 2008.</p><p>The agreement required DHS to create a <a href="http://www.mi.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124--272588--,00.html">statewide, 24-hour hotline</a> that anyone in Michigan can call to report possible child or elder abuse.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:56:13 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6506 at http://michiganradio.org DHS rolls out new hotline number to report child, elder abuse U of M study finds obesity-related cirrhosis becoming a bigger problem for the elderly http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-study-finds-obesity-related-cirrhosis-becoming-bigger-problem-elderly <p><a href="http://www.mdnews.com/news/hd/2012_03/hd_660663">A new University of Michigan study</a> finds a particular type of&nbsp;liver disease is&nbsp;becoming increasingly common among the elderly.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Cirrhosis is a chronic condition that slowly deteriorates the liver. Long associated with alcoholism and Hepatitis&nbsp;C,&nbsp;&nbsp;obesity now &nbsp;is linked to a growing percentage of Cirrhosis patients.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5782 at http://michiganradio.org U of M study finds obesity-related cirrhosis becoming a bigger problem for the elderly Playground for senior citizens opens in Ohio http://michiganradio.org/post/playground-senior-citizens-opens-ohio <p>A community near Akron, Ohio <a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/playground-in-springfield-township-opens-for-seniors-1.243671?ot=akron.PhotoGalleryLayout.ot&amp;s=1.243670">opened a new playground last week</a> - one specially designed for senior citizens.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/playground-in-springfield-township-opens-for-seniors-1.243670">The Akron Beacon Journal reports</a> that the playground consists of eight pieces of low-impact athletic equipment designed for older adults.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:15:10 +0000 The Associated Press 4846 at http://michiganradio.org Playground for senior citizens opens in Ohio Ohio woman granted canoe wish, despite her fear of water http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-woman-granted-canoe-wish-despite-her-fear-water <p>A 78-year-old woman says a 6-mile canoe trip down a river in northeast Ohio was a dream come true. That&rsquo;s despite the fact that she&rsquo;s afraid of water.</p><p>Kay Riffle took her first canoe ride thanks partly to the <a href="http://www.secondwind.org">Second Wind Dreams</a> group. The nonprofit organization works to help grant dreams for seniors.</p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 17:14:45 +0000 Kyle Norris 3640 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio woman granted canoe wish, despite her fear of water Elder abuse legislation unveiled http://michiganradio.org/post/elder-abuse-legislation-unveiled <p>A proposal to encourage more reporting of senior abuse and strengthen penalties against people convicted of the abuse will be unveiled tomorrow at the state Capitol.</p><p>The measure will deal with physical and financial abuse of elderly people.</p><p>Republican state Senator Tanya Schuitmaker has worked on the issue for a couple years.</p><p>&ldquo;You hear all too often about many cases that&mdash;where seniors are getting defrauded and certainly there are vulnerable adults out there that need to be protected.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I think [the proposal] strengthens and tightens the regulations that are also there. It also adds some assistance in terms of when someone with Alzheimer&rsquo;s walks away that there&rsquo;s a system of alert similar to the Amber Alert.&rdquo;</p><p>Schuitmaker will introduce the bills during &ldquo;Older Michiganians Day&rdquo; at the Capitol. She expects the Legislature to vote on the measure this fall.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:27:13 +0000 Laura Weber 2883 at http://michiganradio.org 21% of Michigan nursing home patients neglected -MSU study http://michiganradio.org/post/21-michigan-nursing-home-patients-neglected-msu-study <P><A href="http://news.msu.edu/story/8826/">A new Michigan State University study</A> finds more than one in five Michigan nursing home patients is neglected.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;<STRONG>The study examined cases of physical neglect, in which the caregiver failed or refused to meet a resident’s needs of food, water, personal hygiene, clothing, medicine, shelter, personal safety or comfort.</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;L</STRONG><STRONG>ead researcher <A href="http://news.msu.edu/media/photo/2010/06/16c54fc8-b73c-4ff1-b1cf-35aca7339559.jpg">Zhenmei Zhang</A>&nbsp;is an assistant professor of Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:30:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 1069 at http://michiganradio.org 21% of Michigan nursing home patients neglected -MSU study The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade http://michiganradio.org/post/number-older-michiganders-substance-abuse-treatment-doubles-decade <p>&nbsp;The number of adults over 50 entering into substance abuse treatment nearly doubled in Michigan during the past decade,&nbsp;according to a new state health department study.</p><p>&nbsp;The Department of Community Health compared data on substance abuse treatment admissions from 2000 and 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>Alcohol was and is the main reason most older adults ended up in treatment Michigan.</p><p>A decade ago, alcohol was the reason 85% of older Michiganders ended up in substance abuse treatment.&nbsp; But by 2009,&nbsp; that percentage dropped to 59%.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:25:12 +0000 160 at http://michiganradio.org The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade