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Guide through the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas

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Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My

  1. 1. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!! Follow the yellow brick road to the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas Peggy Naugle
  2. 2. Community Resources: Helping individuals through the maze <ul><li>What are resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I know about resources? </li></ul><ul><li>When should I use resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do I access resources? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I access resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do I talk to? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are resources? <ul><li>n. “ a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed” </li></ul><ul><li>n. “means that can be used to cope with a difficult situation” </li></ul>
  4. 4. LIBRARY Most common resource
  5. 5. Aging Resources <ul><li>Area Agency on Aging </li></ul><ul><li>Social Workers: hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies </li></ul><ul><li>2-1-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Aging and Disability Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Help Centers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why should I know about resources? <ul><li>Future planning </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing ahead of time where to turn alleviates a lot of unnecessary stress </li></ul><ul><li>By knowing what resources are out there, makes it easier to delegate to family members who does what </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures the individual who needs the help, that there is a plan and the family will not have to enter a “crisis” mode </li></ul><ul><li>Those individuals who do not have family members to rely on can feel empowered to know who to call when the time arises </li></ul>
  7. 7. When should I use resources?
  8. 8. Where do I access resources <ul><li>Local community: city, neighboring cities </li></ul><ul><li>Regional: county programs </li></ul><ul><li>National organizations </li></ul>
  9. 9. How do I access resources?
  10. 10. Who do I talk to? <ul><li>The first person to answer the phone or send back an email! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tips for getting the information <ul><li>Be polite </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the person your name </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific about your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic about your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Remain calm </li></ul><ul><li>Let the person know if you are hearing impaired or have a vision problem </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for more than one resource if possible for a need </li></ul><ul><li>If no information is available ask the person where you should turn next </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared that it may take a few days for information to be found. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Keeping the information <ul><li>Open an email account </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a notebook with you at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the person to send information by email or mail </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you write down the correct information and ask the person to repeat what was given if necessary </li></ul>
  13. 13. Making the connection <ul><li>Always thank the person you are talking to </li></ul><ul><li>Be sincere </li></ul><ul><li>Make a connection with the person </li></ul><ul><li>Use this person as a source of information and don’t feel bad about calling that person again </li></ul>
  14. 14. What’s your Aging IQ? <ul><li>Which of the following age groups is one of the fastest growing segments of the American population? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Babies and children under age 5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children age 15-19 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People over age 85 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. C. People over age 85 <ul><li>Today, there are more than 4 million Americans 85 and older. That number is expected to grow almost 5 times larger by the year 2050, when the youngest baby boomers turns 86. That means there may then be more than 20 million people over age 85 in the U.S. Some researchers forecast even larger numbers – perhaps more than 28 million by that year. </li></ul>
  16. 16. If many older people survive cancer, is it still a major cause of death? <ul><li>2. After heart disease, the next most common cause of death after age 65 in 2000 was: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stroke and related diseases </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic respiratory disease, such as chronic broncitis, emphysema, and asthma </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cancer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. c. cancer <ul><li>Did you expect cancer to be the answer? Well, you were correct. If you combine deaths from all types of cancer, then cancer is the second leading cause of death in older people. But, those numbers could be lowered. With early testing and treatment many people with cancer can be cured or at least add years to their lives. So, be sure to have regular checkups and go to your health care provider if you have any concerns. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Osteoporosis, heart disease, eye problems, and trouble sleeping are just a few problem requiring a prescription <ul><li>Which age group uses the most prescription medicines? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Under age 18 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Age 19 to 64 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over age 65 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. c. Over age 65 <ul><li>Almost ¾ of people over 65 years old take at least one prescription drug, while only 1/5 of people under age 18 and less than 2/5 of people 19-64 do. Older people often have several health problems. More than one drug may be needed to treat them. They are also more likely to have a serious reaction to a drug. It’s a good idea for everyone, no matter what age, to have a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements they use. They should bring the list whenever they have an appointment with any health care provider. It’s also wise to check with a doctor on a regular basis to make sure all drugs and doses make sense. </li></ul>
  20. 20. It seems like older people are always going to the doctor. Or, is that just another myth about the aging population? <ul><li>Americans are living longer, so they are sicker and more disabled. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True or False </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. False <ul><li>As our population ages, the actual number of disabled older people is expected to grow. But disability rates for people age 65 and older-the percentage with a disability-are falling. For example, in 1982, 26 percent of Americans age 65 and older suffered a chronic disability, while by 1999, that percentage had fallen to 20 percent. Experts don’t know how long this decline will continue, but it is a hopeful sign that disability can be reduced, even at advanced ages. </li></ul>
  22. 22. So, since more Americans are living longer, will there be more people who are 100 or older in the future? <ul><li>In 2002 there were an estimated 58,684 centenarians, people over the age of 100, in America. The estimated number of centenarians in the U.S. in the year 2050 could be: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>112,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>238,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1,149,500 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. c. 1,149,500 <ul><li>Using an estimate based on the 2000 census, the U.S. Census Bureau has suggested there could be 1,149,500 centenarians in America in 2050. However, depending on changes in mortality rates at older ages and migration/immigration rates, the number could be lower or higher. </li></ul>
  24. 24. National Institute on Aging (NIA) <ul><li>Part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>800-222-2225 </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. IQ </li></ul><ul><li>P.O.Box 8057 </li></ul><ul><li>Gaithersburg, MD </li></ul><ul><li>20898-8057 </li></ul><ul><li>www.nihseniorhealth.gov </li></ul>
  25. 25. Needs <ul><li>Medicare </li></ul><ul><li>Medicaid </li></ul><ul><li>In-home services </li></ul><ul><li>Respite services </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors </li></ul><ul><li>Medications </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Therapy – Physical, Speech, Occupational </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Escort </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Facilities/Assisted Living </li></ul><ul><li>Hospice </li></ul><ul><li>Home Health Agencies </li></ul>
  26. 26. Needs <ul><li>Caregiver issues/concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Long distant caregivers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational materials </li></ul><ul><li>New diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Disease specific information </li></ul><ul><li>Home repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Dental </li></ul><ul><li>Eye exams & eye glasses </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what your supplemental insurance covers </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what your long term care policy covers </li></ul><ul><li>End-of-life directives </li></ul><ul><li>Elder lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing aids </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping active </li></ul><ul><li>Social activities </li></ul>
  27. 27. If you are 60 and older or a caregiver of any age taking care of a loved one who is 60 and older <ul><li>800-447-7169 </li></ul><ul><li>254-770-2330 </li></ul><ul><li>AAACT </li></ul><ul><li>2180 N. Main </li></ul><ul><li>Belton, Texas 76513 </li></ul>
  28. 28. Everyone else <ul><li>800-447-7169 Ext 2342 </li></ul><ul><li>770-2342 </li></ul><ul><li>Aging and Disability Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>2180 N. Main </li></ul><ul><li>Belton, Texas 76513 </li></ul>
  29. 29. The following is not the expressed written opinion of the AAACT but of a caregiver who has “been” there.
  30. 30. Ask for help and “get over it” <ul><li>Seek assistance from your local church </li></ul><ul><li>Inform your children of what is going on and what you need from them </li></ul><ul><li>The word “Burden” is no longer acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Graciously accept help when offered by your neighbors or friends, you would do the same thing </li></ul><ul><li>Rethink the word “inheritance”, your concern is here and now. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Thank You It’s all about you!!!!

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