Quality of Aging with Anne Ellett

Anne Ellett is a certified nurse practitioner and has worked in the field of gerontology for over 20 years. She recognizes that the field of “senior health”/“senior care” is rapidly changing and evolving. Anne expects that as Baby Boomers age into their 60’s and 70’s, they will have a dramatic effect on how health care is delivered to older people. When Boomers were younger and having children, their consumer demands completely transformed how obstetrical care was delivered, moving the female patient from a passive role into the role of a partner and a decision-maker throughout the pregnancy and birth process. As Boomers get older and look ahead, they are already starting a national dialogue about how they want the care for their last decades to be different – more collaborative, more information, and more “in charge” of their journey as they age.

Cognitive decline and the development of dementia is one of the greatest Boomer fears. Improved health care has allowed people to live longer, increasing their risk of developing a type of dementia. Anne has extensive knowledge in caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For over 10 years, she was Senior Vice President of Health Services with a large national company (Silverado Senior Living) that specialized in dementia care and she was awarded the national award in the area of dementia care for 2009 by the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living’s (CEAL). In addition, she was nominated to the U.S. Congressional Advisory Committee on Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. .
Anne received a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor and M.S. in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach. Currently, Anne is consulting with companies providing housing and clinical care to older adults. She can be reached via email: anne.ellett@cox.net.

The next decade will be an exciting time for new developments in the field of gerontology and Anne is committed to helping keep Boomers informed of relevant and researched health results that can make a difference in their quality of life.

Weighing in on the Mediterranean Diet

Can a type of diet be as powerful as prescribed medications in preventing disease and death? A recent study (February 25, 2013) published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) had some very promising results.

Amour – My Vote for Best Picture

Did you watch the Oscars this year? Whether you watched the show or just glanced at the results, hopefully the French film Amour is familiar to you. It was nominated for both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture. Argo took home Best Picture, but another “A” film, Amour, won Best Foreign Film.

How Fast Will You Walk in 2013?

The study found that each of us has a fairly consistent and individual pace at which we walk. If a person is observed over a period of time, that person tended to walk at pretty much the same pace, at a pace that was comfortable for them and accommodated their individual physical capabilities and limitations.