Newyork, NY (PressExposure) June 21, 2014 -- ver in key points for decisions, intervention and long-term care for the aging adult. From daily Money Management to Zounds Hearing New York alongside experts in Aging Decisions and Caregiver Resources led an Aging Symposium to educate the Adult CaregiPowers of Attorney, Long-term Care Insurance and Homecare, attendees learned of the full spectrum of support available for themselves and their aging loved ones.
"Most people prepare for death, but no one thinks to prepare for life," said Gideon Y. Schein, M.B.A., P.D.M.M., Partner at Eddy & Schein, In-Home Administrators for Seniors. http://www.eddyandschein.com As the boomer population continues to reach 65, and the senior population nearly 88.5 million, long-term planning and care has become more timely and relevant than ever.
Elderlaw is now a common term, whereby the most significant decisions should be made when a person is competent and actively connected to their family and friends. Oftentimes, people procrastinate on these decisions and the distinctions between Financial and Healthcare Proxies have to be understood, stressed Steve Fleischer, Esq., an Eldercare Attorney. "Access to information is paramount for the family or caregiver at the moment of key decisions as well as understanding the differences between Medicare and Medicaid coverage for long-term care planning."
But, at the crux of diagnosis and planning is the engagement by the entire family or support team. And that can be severely compromised by an aging adult with hearing loss. "Hearing loss affects 6 out of 10 seniors and is quickly accelerating among the ranks of baby boomers who grew up exposed to loud noise," stated Robyn Barsky, CEO, Zounds Hearing New York."With unaddressed hearing loss linked to cognitive decline, it makes it increasingly difficult for the aging adult to fully and effectively participate in his/her long-term care planning process. A simple hearing evaluation by an Audiologist, as part of ongoing healthcare prevention, can alleviate, if not significantly improve, family communication."
Synergy Homecare New York Chief Care Officer Eric Leopold http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ny/new-york/ny01/ galvanized and curated the Symposium conversation, representing the fastest growing industry in long-term care planning. "Aging in place" defined as the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level is at the forefront of today's care. "Enabling seniors, at every point of physical and cognitive health, to remain in their homes, amidst familiarity and community, is key to supporting a quality of life at any age." However, a certified home health agency provider is an absolute necessity - "we often think to hire friends, or individuals working independently, but there are far more risks and liabilities than benefits in the few dollars we think we could save by hiring 'off the books'."
Still, support for the family is available at a time when organization and priorities are difficult to manage at the time of passing. Laura Olivares, President and Founder of Nothing Forgotten spoke firsthand of the challenges of dealing with a loved one's passing let alone sifting through and sharing the actual materials they left behind. "Communication during life is so very important to knowing their wishes, yet even then, amidst the emotion and focus on more immediate issues, you need a rational and organized approach to distributing the legacy your entire family deserves."
The Aging Symposium will regularly conduct Panel Discussions throughout the New York City Metro community to provide education and resources for aging adults, their loved ones and caregivers.
About Zounds Hearing: Zounds was born out of an engineer father's promise to help his hearing impaired daughter have the kind of life that she deserved. 57 patents later, Zounds offers the world's most technologically advanced hearing aids and is helping thousands across the U.S. experience better hearing and quality of life. Zounds Hearing designs, manufactures and retails high-performance hearing aids for use with mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing impairments. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the company's technology enables breakthroughs in product, performance, selection and value. Zounds utilizes internally developed research and 57 exclusive patents. For more information, please visit http://www.zoundsnyc.com
Robyn Barsky, CEO, Zounds Hearing New York