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Staying home: Simple changes make homes accessible and senior-friendly
Friday, 17 October 2008 13:56
There are more than 22 million senior homeowners (people age 65 and older) in the nation, and according to an AARP study, 85 percent of them want to remain in their homes and communities for the balance of their lives. However, while their homes may suit their current needs, will they still be accessible and senior-friendly in the future as individuals' needs change?

Too often, older homeowners consider remodeling for accessibility only after their homes become too difficult to manage. With a little foresight and consideration today, homeowners can make simple, cost-efficient renovations and modifications that will ensure that their homes will meet their needs tomorrow. Most of these changes can be incorporated into the existing layout of the home without revealing their ultimate purpose.
 
Family caregivers need help to handle demands
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 17 October 2008 13:55
In a first of its kind collaboration, national organizations representing nurses, social workers, family caregivers and people age 50-plus recently released a report calling for a re-definition of good patient care to include those family members and friends who provide ongoing, often daily, care.

Family members are very often not prepared to take on the task of caregiving – especially as many family caregivers are providing services typically reserved for registered nurses and doctors.
 
College & Career Corner: Summer is a great time for the “college road trip”
Written by Rose Rennekamp   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 14:13
Donnie Osmond and Raven Symone are 30 years apart but they are both taking tours of college campuses. In the movie College Road Trip, they travel cross-county with daughter and father, respectively, to visit potential schools. While the movie offers comedic scenes, it correctly suggests that students make campus visits to colleges before making a final decision.

Summer is a popular time to take a college campus tour with family or friends to learn more about the student’s top choices. One of the first major decisions for a young person is selecting a college, and it shouldn’t be made solely on information such as the school’s reputation, a guidebook or a website. Seeing the campus and all it has to offer in person adds to the experiences needed to make a good choice.
 
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