Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Resources for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Web Development Fact Sheet

Updated: 10/2015 –
Are you looking for information on services and resources and don’t know where to begin? Knowing how to locate community and educational resources is an invaluable tool as a caregiver or an older adult with limb loss. This fact sheet will outline general community resources and educational Web sites for frequently requested resources.

What You Need to Know About Prosthetics

Web Administration Video: Amputee Coalition Webinars

Published 07/08/2015 –
The Amputee Coalition will be hosting a series of Webinars over the next several months. The first in that series was co-sponsored by BiOM and was held on July 7. This one-hour seminar, entitled “What You Need to Know About Prosthetics,” was designed for new amputees. This seminar was taught by Brian Frasure, CP, director of clinical education, BiOM.

Learning to Walk at Any Age

Web Development inMotion

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010 –
by Gretchen Bollenbacher –
“You really had to use your imagination to think that thing resembled a human limb. But when I had it strapped in place and put on the slacks and top I had worn in, I took a quick look in the mirror. At last I was whole again.”

Special Problems and Needs of Older Amputees

Web Development inMotion

Volume18 · Issue 3 · April 2008 –
Everyday living can change when a person gets older. Tasks that were once easy can become hard, such as talking, walking, driving, cooking or remembering information. People with disabilities may find it especially hard to cope with getting older.

Recognizing Late-Life Depression

Web Development inMotion

Volume 18 · Issue 3 · April 2008 –
by Maria D. Llorente, MD, and Julie Malphurs, PhD –
Marc decided Wednesday would be the day. It was the middle of the week, and he figured there wouldn’t be too many people around. He waited until 3 a.m., walked the three blocks to the beach, and took his shoes off at the edge of the sand. The sand felt cool and soft, and he started to walk towards the Atlantic Ocean. He was right – there weren’t any beachgoers this time of day. As he waded into the warm water, it rocked him back and forth gently. He reflected on the irony that he had come into this world from salty, warm fluid, and would die the same way.

Are You Suffering in Silence? If So, It Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Web Development inMotion

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 –
by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD –
My mother was not one to be silent. But how could she have been raising six children, the last of which was me?
I can still hear her yelling, “Ah, for crying out loud, would you ______!” You can fill in the blank with any number of commands, including the following:

Prosthetic Rehabilitation and Technology Options and Advances for Seniors

Web Development inMotion

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 –
by Douglas G. Smith, MD –
“To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living,” said Henri Frederic Amiel, the 19th century Swiss philosopher and poet. The diseases and disabilities that disproportionately try to rob seniors of their independence and joy in life certainly make this chapter of their lives more difficult. Unfortunately, most amputations in this country are also performed on older people for causes related to diabetes and severe peripheral vascular disease. Fortunately, while managing and overcoming these problems is a great challenge, prosthetic rehabilitation and technology can help restore independence and should, therefore, certainly be available for seniors – perhaps the people in our society who need them the most.

When Are Prostheses the Right Choice for Older Amputees – And When Are They Not?

Web Development inMotion

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 –
by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD –
When it comes to prosthesis use for older amputees, I practice with the premise that age is irrelevant. I know this might sound naïve and unrealistic, but I have had one after another older amputee prove wrong those who thought that they couldn’t do something.