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Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Use of risky brain-affecting drug combinations rising among seniors

Use of risky brain-affecting drug combinations rising among seniors

Opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antipsychotics affect the central nervous system, and combining them can put older people at risk. But new data show concerning prescribing trends. By Kara Gavin Writer for University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation The number of older Americans taking three or more brain-affecting medicines has more than doubled […]

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prescribing opioids to seniors: It’s a balancing act

Prescribing opioids to seniors: It’s a balancing act

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News The national conversation about the opioid epidemic has mostly focused on young people who buy drugs illegally on the street. But the scrutiny of opioids has also changed the way doctors are prescribing medications to the elderly, to ease their pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses […]

January 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

By Mike Kreidler Washington State Insurance Commissioner This week, we adopted a rule that affects consumers who have long-term care insurance policies and their families. If you are not familiar with long-term care insurance, it pays for the polcyholder to stay in a long-term care facility when their health meets certain criteria. Many consumers purchase […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too narrow to get through. Hallways don’t […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Harborview mobile team offers comfort care to Seattle homeless at life’s end

Harborview mobile team offers comfort care to Seattle homeless at life’s end

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News The day he learned he had liver cancer, Michael J. Reece, 56, was spending nights in a Seattle homeless shelter, leaving each morning to wander the city streets. For weeks, he’d been in constant pain, worried about the swelling in his legs and gut. Then he faced surgery and […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Keeping lonely seniors company can help keep them healthy

Keeping lonely seniors company can help keep them healthy

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Emil Girardi moved to San Francisco on New Year’s Eve in 1960. He loved everything about the city: the energy, the people, the hills. And of course, the bars, where he mixed drinks for most of his adult life. About 10 years ago, the 83-year-old New York native had […]

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rules offer nursing home residents more control of their care

New rules offer nursing home residents more control of their care

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News About 1.4 million residents of nursing homes across the country now can be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years. The changes reflect a shift toward more “person-centered care,” including requirements for speedy care plans, more flexibility and […]

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

By Jenny Gold Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade. “Any sweats?” a nurse asked him as […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
When looking for a nursing home, your hospital may provide little help

When looking for a nursing home, your hospital may provide little help

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News At age 88, Elizabeth Fee looked pregnant, her belly swollen after days of intestinal ailments and nausea. A nurse heard a scream from Fee’s room in a nursing home, and found her retching “like a faucet” before she passed out. The facility where she died in 2012 was affiliated […]

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More