Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Citing the rising concern about keeping older family members safe in their homes, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) put forward a series of tips on how to best deal with guns in homes at the point that older family members begin to lose capacities.
According to a 2004 National Firearms Survey, more than 25% of people ages 65 and older own guns. New statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association indicate that one in three individuals over 65 will eventually suffer from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.
Clearly, dealing with guns in the home is one of the most sensitive and important issues children of aging parents can face. In a recent Forbes.com article NAPGCM Member Suzanne Modigliani offered these tips for family members:
“GCMs are regularly in and out of elders homes and are equipped to understand their physical and cognitive functioning which relates to this issue. Does a person have tremors? How is their eyesight? These are the kinds of questions we address," said Ms. Modigliani, a professional geriatric care manager in the Boston area.
Retaining independence, while remaining safe, is among the most important issues facing the oldest members of society. Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) regularly help older adults and their families confront challenges including:
“GCMs are trained to act as a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for older relatives and persons with disabilities – among other things, we identify risks facing older adults and help make plans to address safety issues, many which are often complex, before they happen," Ms. Modigliani added.
“GCMs offer this kind of detailed advice and support on a broad swath of complex safety issues from medication management to cooking for oneself to preventing falls in the home to helping insulate people from Internet scams," said NAPGCM President Jullie Gray.
Geriatric Care Managers are part of a support network that are knowledgeable about the resources in their communities, and can anticipate needs and be there for the elderly when the family cannot. They can hire and supervise hourly or live-in caregivers as well. Their involvement can give the family an assurance that the right people are there to help. To locate a professional Geriatric Care Manager in your area, please visit: http://www.caremanager.org.
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families. Geriatric Care Managers are professionals who have extensive training and experience working with older people, people with disabilities and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist older adults who wish to remain in their homes, or can help families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of geriatric care management and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information please visit http://www.caremanager.org
Noel Gerson: gernecke(at)yahoo(dot)com; (301) 320-2920
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