From Trauma to Dancing—Eldercare Will Challenge Boomer Generation

Dec. 12, 2012 / By

Providence Journal/New America Media , News Feature, Rita Watson

SAN DIEG0–Nursing homes are often associated with the last chapter in people’s lives. But at least these days, involved families will consider making changes when they identify deficiencies in a nursing home’s care, are dissatisfied with placements made during hasty hospital-discharge planning, or see patient abuse.

Although change is difficult, given what we know about longevity today, caregivers can lobby for high-quality care and cognitive-enrichment programs or find a more suitable home.

At the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) 65th annual scientific meeting last month, presentations from experts on caregivers, longevity, long-term care and optimal aging were particularly poignant for baby boomers. As the next generation of nursing-home or assisted-living residents, the boomers will demand change for the better.

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