Room For Special Kids: Hotel Offers A Suite With Autism In Mind

TENAFLY, N.J. —All the glassware in the Alpine Suite at the Clinton Inn Hotel in Tenafly is unbreakable — the wine glasses, the water tumblers, even the glass in the cabinet doors.

The furniture has rounded corners with soft bumpers. A round table has replaced a square one. Flower vases and other decor have been glued down. The iron is stored behind a safety lock and the windows are locked. The television is fixed securely to the wall, instead of sitting on a credenza, as in other guest rooms.

Everything in the suite has been designed to give peace of mind to guests who have children with autism.

via Room For Special Kids: Hotel Offers A Suite With Autism In Mind | Travel | Wichita Eagle.

SafetyNet Podcast: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

In recognition of November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, SafetyNet hosted an educational podcast that provides valuable information related to Alzheimer’s including:

· The rising incidence of Alzheimer’s in the U.S.

· Common day-to-day challenges faced by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers

· Risks such as the common, yet life-threatening issue of wandering and steps caregivers can take to protect loved ones

· Advice for caregivers on building a strong support network

· Valuable online resources for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s

The podcast addressed these subject matters with a panel of experts, including Gerald Flaherty, Vice President for Medical & Scientific Programs at the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; Jill Gilbert, Vice President at; and John Paul Marosy, General Manager at SafetyNet.

via SafetyNet Podcasts: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Safe environment may help ease Alzheimer’s aggression

Aggression – which can include verbal or physical violence – often emerges without warning, experts said, and is one of the most troublesome behavioral changes. It can sometimes be triggered by the agitation and frustration that often accompanies dementia. Such behavior can also be caused by a change in surroundings, experts said, or having too much or too little stimulation or talking.

Experts advise that caregivers address aggression by first maintaining a safe environment, removing dangerous objects, providing space to the person who is upset and speaking to them in a soothing voice. Next they should try to figure out the cause of the behavior and make attempts to address it, whether it be altering the environment or focusing on a new activity that does not upset the person.

Sometimes the aggression can be caused by a physical discomfort that the person with Alzheimer’s is unable to verbalize. Because of this, caregivers need to consult a doctor and look for underlying medical causes, experts said.

via Safe environment may help ease Alzheimer’s aggression.

A checklist for safeproofing your home when caring for an individual with dementia

# Clear all passageways.

# Remove unnecessary furniture, knickknacks, clutter and items that may cause confusion.

# Fix loose or uneven steps, and loose or broken handrails.

# Put gates at the top of stairways.

# Install safety latches on cabinets that store dangerous items, such as knives, firearms, medications and cleaning products.

# Place guards around radiators and other heaters.

# Install secure locks that are higher or lower than eye level on outside doors and windows.

# Eliminate poisonous houseplants.

via Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

MacArthur Genius Award: Reducing Falls in the Elderly

For a 75-year-old with high blood pressure, the risk of death or serious disability resulting from a fall is just as high as the risk of death or serious disability caused by a stroke. But a generation ago, doctors thought of falling as an inevitable risk, not something they could do anything to prevent as part of caring for patients.

That’s how Mary Tinetti, a geriatrician at Yale med school, laid things out for us when we got her on the phone to chat about the MacArthur genius grant she just won.

via MacArthur Genius Award: Reducing Falls in the Elderly – Health Blog – WSJ.

Tips for Adapting Your Home for the Autistic Child

“Your son is autistic.”

When I first heard those words in 1991 autism was not the epidemic that it is today. It was a relatively rare diagnosis and little was known about how to care for autistic children or prepare your home for the adjustments that were going to be needed.

As my son, Mitchell, grew older it soon became clear that we would need to take some immediate steps to not only improve the safety of our home but also adapt it to become an environment that would help us facilitate learning and easier transitions for our son. Here are some of the practical steps we implemented to adapt our home:.

via AutismLearningFelt.

Wallet Card for people with AS

Wallet Card

An important time for a person with AS to disclose the fact that they have AS is when interacting with a “first responder,” i.e. a police officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical technician. This kind of disclosure may be especially hard, because the situation may be an emergency, or one in which you feel threatened or unsafe. If you are an adult or teen with AS, we suggest that you carry a copy of the card below in your wallet at all times, to use in such difficult situations.

via AANE – Wallet Card.

Safeguarding seniors from preventable accidents

According to statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proportion of the U.S. population older than 65 will increase from 12.4 percent in 2000 to 19.6 percent in 2030. In raw numbers, the increase is estimated to be from 35 million to 71 million people.

Along with the increase, we also are seeing an increase in the percentage of injuries to the aging population.

via Safeguarding seniors – Life Marquee |.