Aging

If this guy succeeds, every nursing home might be put out of business

If this guy succeeds, every nursing home might be put out of business

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What if people could remain sound of body and mind into ages of, well, biblical proportions? That elusive goal has captured the imagination of windmill chasers and serious thinkers for time immemorial. The latest seeker of note is not your typical crackpot. Unless a hedge fund manager with a medical degree from Harvard might be considered a crackpot.

A Stritch in time

A Stritch in time

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I have figured out who I want to be at 87, and it's Elaine Stritch. I realized this after seeing Stritch walk through New York wearing a leopard print coat, tights and big glasses during the new documentary, 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.' It has multiple powerful messages about what it's like to grow older, especially when it seems your body is still ticking through sheer force of personality.

Pew report: US expectations for elder care are at odds with those in similar nations

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People in the United States are much more likely to say that seniors should be responsible for their own care, compared with people living in similar economies around the world, according to a recently released study from the Pew Research Center.

Aging experts in Dallas, Washington broadcast the same message: Chronic disease is not inevitable with age

Aging experts in Dallas, Washington broadcast the same message: Chronic disease is not inevitable with age

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There was synergy between Dallas and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Prominent speakers at the LeadingAge conference in Dallas addressed what it means to age well and how people's understanding of aging is evolving — and their message happened to coincide with what experts said the same day at a Senate roundtable.

Google moving into aging sphere

Google announced the launch of Calico last week, a new company that will be particularly focused on aging and possible innovations to improve quality of life for seniors.

Where are the best metro areas to age? In Utah and South Dakota

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Provo, UT, and Sioux Falls, SD, are the best large and small metro areas for successful aging, respectively, according to a new survey.

Time to look for solutions to funding aging services in new places

Time to look for solutions to funding aging services in new places

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We have a problem with funding and the service delivery models in aging services. Both are broken, and both need to be addressed in any real solution is to be implemented. If the service delivery system continues without fundamental change, then costs will continue to escalate unabated. All of the money ultimately comes from the same source, us.

It's time to observe Dependence Day

It's time to observe Dependence Day

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Sure, let's celebrate the Fourth of July. Gorge ourselves on commemorative carcinogens and empty carbs. Blow stuff up day and night. Do whatever we always do, for as long and as loud as we like. But next year, I hope some of those collective energies can be reallocated in support of my exciting holiday initiative — Dependence Day.

The latest skinny on walking: strong thigh muscles are key

The latest skinny on walking: strong thigh muscles are key

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Older adults who gained the most fat in their thighs and lost the most thigh muscle were at the greatest risk for a clinically meaningful decline in walking speed in a Wake Forest study of more than 2,000 adults between the ages of 70 and 79.

Removing the blinders: Lessons from abroad

Removing the blinders: Lessons from abroad

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Sometimes I wonder if it's human nature - and business nature - to be suspicious of others. To be wary of learning from others because of our "uniqueness." As businesses, we have a tendency to look at others in our market and point out the things that they do that wouldn't work for us, instead of finding the points of intersectio

The real story behind the Pope's resignation

The real story behind the Pope's resignation

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We have learned from our grandparents, great-grandparents, and even older ancestors about what it means to age. Understanding the past is the best way to understand the future, right? Not in this case.

Your big fat Greek retirement community

Your big fat Greek retirement community

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The New York Times Magazine article "The Island Where People Forget to Die" describes a Greek island that has the healing properties of the island from the TV show "Lost" and all the senior-friendly attributes of an absurdly high-end continuing care retirement community.

Gut health linked to frailty in the elderly, research finds

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A new study on gut bacteria may have implications for long-term care facilities' nutrition and dietary departments.

Collaboration and social interactions help extend memory, study finds

A collaborative approach in social interactions could be a key to memory retention and independent living later in life, new research reveals.

Baby boomers worry more about health than appearance as they age; display substance abuse issues, poll finds

Baby boomers are more concerned with how aging affects their physical and mental health than the role it plays in their appearance, according to a new poll.

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

In my 25 years as a physician, I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a "functionally impaired patient with chronic multiple conditions," a "long-term care recipient" or a "dual eligible." Yet these types of terms are used every day among healthcare professionals, policy wonks and advocates to describe the very people on whose behalf we work.

The Aging reality show

The Aging reality show

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One of the things about working in long-term care is that it's both a blessing and a curse — knowing about aging. For example, it's not a good thing when you aren't prepared for it, right? I remember clearly (it's actually indelibly imprinted on my brain for all eternity) the time I was not prepared for the changes aging brings.

Chinese long-term care growing, lacking oversight and regulation, similar to U.S. decades ago, researchers say

The growing demand for nursing homes in China has dramatically outpaced the government's ability to provide oversight, leaving that country's long-term care industry in a state similar to that in the U.S. 40 or 50 years ago, according to a new study.

Sociable seniors show lower risk for becoming disabled in old age, study finds

Older adults who remain as physically and socially active as possible have a better chance of not becoming disabled in their elderly years, say researchers at Rush University in Chicago.

AAHSA launches consumer information hub

Information for caregivers, consumers and healthcare providers can now be found at a new online consumer hub created by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

'Senior moments' are not necessarily part of aging process, study finds

Those momentary memory lapses that typically accompany aging may not be so normal after all. A new study links common forgetfulness in old age to strokes and Alzheimer's disease.

Aging gene linked to production of Alzheimer's plaques

A gene known to affect the aging process has been linked to amyloid plaques, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

A question of word choice: 'long-term care' versus 'long-term services and supports'

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A new phrase appears to be emerging in the lexicon of long-term care. That phrase is "long-term services and supports." (Notice the omission of the word "care.")

HHS to release $27 million to fight chronic disease among older adults

HHS to release $27 million to fight chronic disease among older adults

The Department of Health and Human Services is disbursing $27 million in stimulus package funds to bolster care and prevention of chronic conditions among the elderly through the HHS' Administration on Aging (AoA), it said Wednesday.

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

My parents wisely purchased long-term care insurance. They have showed me that now more than ever, it's important to think ahead.

Theory about health and two-drink minimum debunked in new study

It's last call for those who think two drinks a day can stave off functional decline in old age. New research suggests that it's lifestyle, not liquor, that really helps to determine how we age.

Old age hurts body's ability to slow muscle loss

The elderly experience a sort of "double-whammy" when it comes to muscle loss. Not only is it harder to build muscle, but the suppression of muscle loss is blunted in old age, according to newly published research.

Editors' Blog: Animated film 'Up' shows adventure of aging

Editors' Blog: Animated film 'Up' shows adventure of aging

Growing older doesn't have to mean holing up in the house and settling into your favorite chair. There can be plenty of discoveries still in store, as the movie "Up" shows.

Researchers to present biological cause of aging at upcoming world gerontology summit

At the quadrennial meeting of the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Paris this July, researchers will give a presentation describing for the first time the underlying causes and origins of aging.

CMS proposes granting states more flexibility with Medicaid HCBS waivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to propose a rule allowing states to combine waivers for three separate home and community-based services target populations. This continues the federal government's push to expand Medicaid funding to home- and community-based care.

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