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Elder Abuse, Government Style

Geriatric Chair FinalThere are many good reasons for recommending geriatric chairs for individuals in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), particularly those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. And yet the federal government and most state governments have classified the chairs as restraining devices and restricted their use. Good intentions notwithstanding, that action did a great disservice to our most vulnerable citizens.

Geriatric chairs, also known as geri-chairs, are mobile recliners, with ergonomically designed seats and backs of polyurethane-covered foam, and three different positions—in other words, the perfect chairs for non-ambulatory residents of assisted living facilities, allowing them to leave their beds and sit comfortably in the living room, on the porch, or at the dining room table.Read More

 

A Special Kind of Giving

Holding Elderly Hand (Bing)The Christmas season encourages us to shift our attention from receiving to giving, and that is a blessing because it frees us for a time from the prison of ego. Today’s financial uncertainty, however, curtails the kind of giving that involves spending money, so people need to seek other kinds.

One special form of giving is visiting a friend or relative afflicted with Alzheimer’s or one of the hundred other forms of dementia.… Read More