Tag Archive | "elderly"

Art Ballard loads a 25-pound plate onto the leg press. “At my age, the best thing you can do is find a routine.”

Gym Helps 91-Year-Old Battle Isolation

Most mornings, like clockwork, you could find Art Ballard pumping iron. At least five days a week, he drove to Foothill Gym, where he beat on the punching bag, rode a stationary bike and worked his abs.

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Gloves And The Great Covid PPE Hunt

I recently received a call from two front-line workers who are caring for an elderly friend of mine. “We’re just about out of gloves,” the personal care attendant worker said.

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Davetta Brooks lives in a building for low-income seniors on Chicago’s Near West Side. Residents are not wearing masks or gloves to guard against the coronavirus, she said: “They’re touching everything on the elevator, in the laundry room. And anybody and everybody’s relatives and friends are coming in and out with no scrutiny.” (Nolis Anderson for KHN)

Seniors In Low-Income Housing Live In Fear Of COVID Infection

Davetta Brooks, 75, who has heart failure, a fractured hip and macular degeneration, is afraid.

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Coronavirus Deadly To Those Over 80, But Many Are Surviving

Anna Marie Bresnan, who lives at Philadelphia Protestant Home, a retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia, is 84 and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Medications Prescribed To Older People Causing Harm

Millions of people around the world over the age of 70 are taking at least one medication every day that is causing them more harm than good, leading to falls, confusion, hospitalization and even death.

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Pandemic Reveals Need For Nursing Facility Overhaul

On May Day, I received a confidential call from a person who works in a Massachusetts nursing facility. Many of the elders and staff are COVID positive — including herself.

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