Families are still the primary caregivers for older Americans.
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Americans 65 and older are living longer. The change toward longer old age in the U.S. will have profound effects on health care needs, families and what it means to be old.
Cultural narratives, ableism and ageism dehumanize people with dementia, and present their lives as disposable.
The stigma that dehumanizes people living with dementia is reflected in the toll of COVID-19 in long-term care. Reforming long-term care must challenge this stigma with a new ethic of care.
Hip fractures are a common injury sustained in falls in long-term care.
Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases.
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The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.
A new survey finds that, when it comes to medication, many older adults plan to keep going to the pharmacy as they always have.
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As coronavirus continues to spread, older adults face a challenge: how to get the medications they need without putting themselves at risk. A new national survey shows they aren't prepared.
Some boomers are on multiple medications. Combinations of those drugs could have serious side effects.
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As the boomers age, many will have medication issues. That can be compounded by the number of drugs they take, both prescription and over-the-counter.
If family members are in a nursing home, it’s difficult to know if they’re getting the care they need. Here are some ways to find out.
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If you've read the headlines about poor standards in Australia's nursing homes, it's only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.
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Learning is not just for young people – it can help older people lead fulfilling lives in their twilight years.
Two high-level reports on elder abuse in aged care in Australia have recommended better reporting systems.
The rising global prevalence of dementia, particularly in the nursing home population, means aggressive behaviours between residents will increasingly be an issue.
Uganda's primary healthcare system needs to be strengthened to provide long term care for older people with chronic conditions.
The number of adults living with cancer will likely triple in size by 2030.
The number of adults living with cancer is expected to triple in size by 2030. How can we prepare for this public health challenge?
Spending on older people is an investment, not a cost.
Older people require both psychological and nutritional support during drought and famine. Kenya needs to implement a comprehensive public health response that assists during emergency situations.
Kenya needs to pass laws to provide for the healthcare needs of its ageing population.
With an increased demand for health care for older people, Kenya needs to pass legislation that protects them.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
How can we help the one in three people in hospital end-of-life care who suffer from delirium?
Antipsychotic medications for delirium don't work and could harm, a new study shows. So what options are left?
It might not be a bad thing for senior citizens to live in age-specific communities.
When older people live predominantly with others their own age, there are far more benefits than costs.
Before patients can state their preferences about dying, they need to talk about them first.
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Conversations around end-of-life medical care can be challenging. Consider someone I’ll call Mrs. Jones, an elderly patient with advanced heart disease. When her doctor asked her to discuss the kind of…
We need to rethink care for the elderly.
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By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified…
People with a history of drinking problems in middle age are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later…
Those days need not remain in photographs.
It is a sad fact that old age brings diseases. Many may not be life-threatening, but they make life less fun. One such condition is sarcopenia, which causes the loss of muscle mass and strength, and it…