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Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

In the last year alone, employees of at least 18 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have posted unauthorized — and in some cases, vulgar and stomach-turning — photos and videos of residents on Snapchat and other social media platforms

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

As many as 28 percent of patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged from a hospital — mostly older adults — say “no” to those services, according to a new report.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

A 2015 report found that roughly 43.5 million adults in the United States had provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the prior year. The need is expected to increase as baby boomers age and become caregivers for loved ones or require care for themselves.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Seniors putting together teams they can call on for help

Millions of older adults are peering into an uncertain future without knowing whom they can count on to be at their side. Many are unmarried, without children, living alone. Some have adult children living elsewhere, with demanding jobs and busy lives. Others have spouses who were ill or temperamentally unsuited to the task.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

As the nation’s elderly population swells, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. One survey found 1 in 6 visits to the ER were made by an older patient, a proportion that’s expected to rise as baby boomers age.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
What science tells us about successful ageing

What science tells us about successful ageing

If we look to animal models of successful ageing, biological and chronological ageing don’t always go hand in hand. Lobsters live a very long time and they don’t seem to show reductions in function with aging. And naked mole rats show reduced ageing. Their chronological age differs from their biological age and their mortality rates don’t accelerate as they age, like in most mammals.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More