Speaking at the closing session of the recent Aging in America Conference of the National Council on Aging and American Society on Aging (ASA), Sheehy moved the audience with her story of providing care for her husband and her decision to write a book about what she calls the rough passages of family caregiving. Worse yet, she said, hospitalizations can spin a "vicious cycle" of illness by often failing to provide preventive measures, such as physical therapy, which the system treats as a frill, even though extended sedentary activity leads to significant loss of muscle mass and reduced blood flow, which can impede cognitive functioning. Robyn Golden, director of older adult programs at Rush University Medical Center and 2006-2008 chair of the ASA board; Kathy Brandt, vice president of professional leadership for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; Louis Colbert, director of the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Office of Services for the Aging; and Lynn Friss Feinberg, deputy director of the National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregiver Alliance.
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