Resources for Disabled Seniors
Clinical Trial Guide for Seniors and Elderly (Policy Lab) – Typically, clinical trials are usually aimed at young individual. Seniors aged 65 and older are left out of these trials although many of the drugs and treatments have targeted them. Statistically, those over 65 make up the largest segment of the world’s population. They also consume about a third of all medications that are prescribed.
This article deals with the need to include seniors in these very critical studies. Medication affects individuals differently, especially people in different age groups. For instance, what might work for a person in their forties, may not have the desired effect for those in their sixties.
Clinical trials and the patients who participate in them play a vital role in the development and understanding of new treatments for all kinds of ailments. Since drugs and interventions can have different effects on the elderly than they might have on younger individuals, they should be properly tested on all the age groups that are likely to use them before being approved. This way, patients will be able to make fully informed decisions when the time comes to decide on a therapeutic option to manage any health condition.
It is incredible important for clinical trials to include elderly patients, since the human body changes as we age, and seniors can react to treatments in a different way that younger people do, or suffer from different side effects. Since there are certain medications which are primarily used in elderly patients, researching their effects on this group can have ample benefits on medicine and science.
The article further explains what clinical trials are, levels of commitment once enrolled, the benefits of enrollment, participation requirements, location of trials, how to find clinical trials, and how to sign up a person if you are a caregiver.
A walk in bathtub is one of the most popular ways to bathe for seniors looking to age in place at home. Not only are they safer than regular bathtubs and walk-in showers, but they can even provide water-massaging joint relief and an easy way for seniors with mobility restrictions to safely bathe.
This is especially important for seniors, since falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits for the elderly. And the bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the house, with roughly 235,000 people going to the emergency room each year due to injuries in the bathroom. The elderly are particularly at risk, since injuries increase with age and peak at age 85. Around 28 percent of these emergency room visits are due to bathing.
The importance of safety in the bathroom, specifically the bathtub, was well-demonstrated by John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. After going into space, he slipped and fell in his bathtub, sustaining considerable injury,
The possibility of a pedestrian bystander being the victim of a construction site injury is complicated when the pedestrian is a senior citizen or an individual who has a disability such as vision or hearing loss, or a mobility issue that make navigating potentially hazardous conditions that much more difficult.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) protects the rights of the disabled, and outlines requirements for construction sites to help keep disabled bystanders protected from injury. By following the recommendations of the ADA, as well as recommended safety protections established by national safety organizations, the risk of a pedestrian injury at a construction site can be mitigated. Also, there are safety precautions that seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers should take anytime they are traveling in or around a construction site or roadway work zone.
This article addresses the following:
- Legal Considerations and Resources for Seniors
- Legal Considerations and Resources for Those with Developmental Disabilities
- Legal Considerations for Those with Physical Disabilities and Mobility Challenges