Elderly

Screening workers for criminal convictions

Screening workers for criminal convictions

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.

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

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).

Summer reading: The language of long-term care

Summer reading: The language of long-term care

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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."

Playing it forward

Playing it forward

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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.

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.

Seniors with untreated sleep apnea have higher risk of cardiovascular death, study finds

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Seniors with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk for dying from a cardiovascular problem, according to a new Spanish study.

Poor dental care habits tied to dementia risk: study

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Poor dental hygiene habits are tied to an increased risk for developing dementia in older age, a new study found.

Report: Fewer seniors are living in poverty, but housing costs are surging

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While older Americans are in better financial shape than previous generations, soaring housing prices could compromise these gains, a federal report suggests.

Researchers say cataract removal surgery lowers risk of hip fracture in the very elderly

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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.

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.

Caution prevents nursing home residents from enjoying sexual relationships, investigators say

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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.

Seniors with recent shingles episodes are not likely to face recurrence, study suggests

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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.

Feeding tubes worsen pressure ulcers in elderly dementia patients, study suggests

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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 says

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Vitamin D supplementation should be routine for elderly female nursing home residents, a new study on mortality and vitamin D deficiency suggests.

Sleep quality improves with age, study finds

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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.

Elderly residents are deficient in vitamin D, study says

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.

Medical research for seniors is lacking, study finds

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.

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

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Medicaid funding cuts threaten the quality of life nursing home residents deserve.

PACE makes strides in Milwaukee

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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.

Fear not. Anxiety over falling can lead to more falls, researchers find

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.

Newspaper letters shed light on people's opinions about long-term care during the Depression

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Old people should live alone. At least, that was the general thinking back in the 1930s.

For some seniors, family support increases end-of-life fears

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.

Study: End-of-life care plans ease relatives' depression, stress

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.

As patients age, their choices mean less to their doctors, report 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.

Opting out of Medicaid could hurt tens of thousands of seniors in Nevada

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.

Older alcoholics consume more alcohol than younger ones

Elderly people with drinking problems consume significantly more alcohol than their younger counterparts, new research finds.

An argument for the SHIFT model of senior care

An argument for the SHIFT model of senior care

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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 infecting more elderly outside of nursing homes, research finds

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.

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.

Older women sleep more than they think, study suggests

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.