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A simple family outing to the movie theater can be extremely challenging for people with autism or other sensory disorders. The Autism Society has teamed up with AMC Theatres to offer select films on specific dates for families and their loved ones with sensory disorders.
The idea for the Sensory-Friendly Films program came about an autistic child became too excited while watching a movie in a theater and was asked to leave so as not to disturb the other moviegoers. Her mother reached out to the local movie theater to see about having special screening times and not only did they say yes, they created a nationwide program. Although these special movie days are offered on a monthly basis, March is National Autism Awareness Month and that serves as a good reminder to take advantage of this program.
Emphasis on Friendly
“In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps their lights turned slightly up and the sound turned slightly down,” explained the Autism Society. “The movie (typically G- or PG-rated) will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and won’t show previews or advertisements. Because some have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring More >
Deb’s father, Dr. Jones, was a prominent doctor in the Phoenix area. He is older now and lives alone, so Deb wants him to have a round-the-clock caregiver to make sure he is safe. When Bob Koch heard about Deb’s concerns, he immediately wanted to help. Bob recommended the services of Homewatch CareGivers, but he was too late.
Deb decided to go with a private caregiver, not affiliated with a home care agency. The caregiver was helping Deb’s father in his home when she slipped, fell and fractured her hip. Because the caregiver was on the job at the time of the accident, she sent Deb the hospital bills. Furthermore, Deb must keep paying the caregiver’s salary while she is unable to work due to the injury. And during the emergency, Dr. Jones was left without the immediate help of his caregiver.
“They’re still paying for this person to be off work,” said Bob, who is the Area Vice President of Operations for the Mountain West for Gentiva Home Health Services. “The caregiver didn’t do anything wrong. The poor person just fell. But the reality is that Deb has to pay for this caregiver’s hospital bills and salary because she didn’t More >
Many seniors have a long list of medications they take every day. Problems often surface because certain medications do not interact well with each other. Furthermore, certain supplements, vitamins and even foods can also cause issues.
For example, a person who regularly takes a blood thinner and then takes vitamin E or fish oil could end up with abnormal bleeding. An estimated 100,000 Americans ages 65 and older are hospitalized each year for adverse drug reactions, according to a 2011 study in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Additionally, the FDA says adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths. To prevent these problems, it is important for a senior to go through regular medication reviews with a health care professional.
Nothing is Unimportant
To make sure a medication review is successful, it’s important for the person asking the questions to know about everything a person ingests. Many clinicians performing a medication review will ask about: What prescriptions do you take? If the questions stop there, they may never know about any supplements, over-the-counter medications, or foods that can cause detrimental drug interactions.
A thorough medication review More >