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An illustration of amyloid plaques within the human brain, characteristic features of Alzheimer’s. By 2060, approximately 14 million Americans are expected to have the disease. Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

The FDA approved a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s, but Medicare won’t always pay for it – a doctor explains what researchers know about Biogen’s Aduhelm

Although Medicare has agreed to pay for Aduhelm, its coverage comes with restrictions.
Older adults are increasingly using technologies in their everyday lives, but the needs of this population are often ignored in AI design. (Shutterstock)

Artificial intelligence can discriminate on the basis of race and gender, and also age

Algorithms have been shown to discriminate on the basis of race and gender. Studying age-related discrimination is essential to develop more equitable AI systems and technologies.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., in December 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadians want home care, not long-term care facilities, after COVID-19

A study shows the COVID-19 pandemic has made Canadians fear sub-standard and dangerous living conditions in nursing homes. They want home care, and tax policies that will support it.
Family members often take on the burden of preparing and delivering meals to their relatives. SoumenNath/E+ via Getty Images

What’s on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients

Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.
Seattle experienced record high temperatures in June 2021. AP Photo/John Froschauer

3 tips for preventing heat stroke

Left untreated, heat stroke can be fatal, and the elderly are the most at risk.
Older racialized and low-income adults in rural British Columbia were initially left out of the media’s early COVID-19 coverage. (Shutterstock)

In early media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults in rural areas were neglected

Older adults in rural areas in Canada are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, including related ones like social connections and public health information outreach.
In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues. (Shutterstock)

Seniors have a right to express their sexuality in long-term care homes, but staff need guidance

In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues.

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