Caitlin joins the CCN team after serving as a bedside cardiology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She received her B.A. in biology from Colgate University in 2003, where she was a four-year member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team. She obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2011 upon completion of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. Prior to her career change, Caitlin spent five years as a Middle School Science teacher at Gilman School in Baltimore and has written science curriculum for a London-based international school system. Her clinical interests include the psychobiological care of elders, lateral integration of healthcare, and caregiver fatigue.
Falls, the majority of which occur at home, are the leading cause of injuries or death for those over aged 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Change positions slowly; sit at edge of bed, sofa, or chair for a few minutes before standing or turning to walk
- Place daily use items like phone, TV remote, or medications within easy reach
- Use assistive devices, such as canes or walkers
- Remove throw rugs
- Repair, replace, or remove torn, worn or frayed carpet
- Widen pathways; rearrange furniture or clutter to allow free movement in home
- Clear floors of papers, trash, and stored items
- Consider installation of grab bars in bathroom tub or shower
- Use night light in bathroom or hallway
- Keep phone, call button, and medical alert pendant close at all times
- Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone
Recently, U.S. Senator Susan Collins [R-ME] wrote an article for the St. John Valley Times touting the importance of home care.
“The challenges facing our nation’s health care system today are driven by demographics. The first member of the baby boom generation turned 65 last year. Our health care system now stands directly in the path of a tidal wave of aging baby boomers who will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. That system will clearly have to adapt and change if it is to survive that impact….”
A recent New York Times article reveals a direct link between blood sugar and dementia.
“We found a steadily increasing risk [of dementia] associated with ever-higher blood glucose levels, even in people who didn’t have diabetes,” Dr. Crane said. Of particular interest: “There’s no threshold, no place where the risk doesn’t go up any further or down any further.” The association with dementia kept climbing with higher blood sugar levels and, at the other end of the spectrum, continued to decrease with lower levels.”