Advocates have proposed removing the requirement that applicants disclose their criminal conviction records on initial applications for employment ("banning the box") in the hope that otherwise-qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment.
The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).
A recent NPR survey of older adults had a not-too-surprising finding: No one likes being referred to as "elderly" or as a "senior."
It wasn't expected. He just up and died. One day he was happily walking the Earth with the rest of us, the next he was gone. I barely knew him and don't know the back-story, just that it happened at home, where he lived alone, and that he left an accordion. I know that because it's mine now.
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.
Seniors with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk for dying from a cardiovascular problem, according to a new Spanish study.
Poor dental hygiene habits are tied to an increased risk for developing dementia in older age, a new study found.
While older Americans are in better financial shape than previous generations, soaring housing prices could compromise these gains, a federal report suggests.
Elderly adults who undergo surgery to remove cataracts dramatically lower their risk for a hip fracture within the first year of surgery, new research finds.
A new study on gut bacteria may have implications for long-term care facilities' nutrition and dietary departments.
Nursing home residents often are deprived of consensual sexual relationships due to concern for resident safety and a lack of sufficient formal policies dealing with these relationships, new research finds.
Elderly adults who have had a single episode of shingles have a relatively low short-term risk for coming down with the painful skin condition again, regardless of vaccination status, new research suggests.
New research suggests that feeding tubes can cause or worsen pressure ulcers in elderly dementia patients — a finding that contradicts the commonly held belief that feeding tubes promote healing.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher mortality in elderly female nursing home residents, study saysMarch 13, 2012
Vitamin D supplementation should be routine for elderly female nursing home residents, a new study on mortality and vitamin D deficiency suggests.
A person's quality of sleep — or perceived of quality of sleep — should improve with age, a new study suggests. Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology originally set out to confirm the long-held belief that difficulty sleeping increases with age.
Nearly all residents at a German geriatric rehabilitation hospital had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while more than two-thirds had severely deficient levels, a new study has found.
More than half of clinical trials in the United States exclude the elderly from their studies, even though 34% of personal medical expenditures come from this group of people, new research points out.
Medicaid funding cuts threaten the quality of life nursing home residents deserve.
I have heard a lot about the PACE program, but it was not until I actually saw a site a couple weeks ago that I fully understood what this long-term care community program is all about.
An elderly person's fear of falling can actually exacerbate underlying physical conditions, creating a "vicious circle," which could lead to a greater risk of falling, according to a new report.
Old people should live alone. At least, that was the general thinking back in the 1930s.
Some groups of elderly people actually report being more afraid of death if they have a strong family network of caregivers, a new study finds.
Relatives of elderly patients nearing the end of life experience less stress and depression if their loved one has made his or her end-of-life care wishes known, a new study finds.
Doctors of elderly patients who are incapable of making decisions are more likely to choose treatment that they believe is in the best interest of their patients, and not necessarily the treatment their patients would have wanted.
Some states have considered opting out of Medicaid in response to healthcare reform proposals to expand the Medicaid program. A new report from Nevada reveals that such a move would be disastrous for the state's elderly and vulnerable residents.
Elderly people with drinking problems consume significantly more alcohol than their younger counterparts, new research finds.
Here's a new concept in aging services: the Senior Health and Housing Initiative For Transformation (SHIFT). It would provide an all-inclusive approach to care in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) setting.
C. difficile, a bacteria common in nursing homes and hospitals, has been afflicting more and more people outside of healthcare settings—especially the elderly, according to new research.
The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.
When it comes to objectively comparing sleep quality, elderly men don't catch as many z's as women, according to a new study that compares subjective reporting to objective sleep measurements.