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‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid caps pitched by GOP could shrink seniors’ benefits

Medicaid caps pitched by GOP could shrink seniors’ benefits

By Stephanie O’Neill Kaiser Health News Before nursing home patient Carmencita Misa became bedridden, she was a veritable “dancing queen,” says her daughter, Charlotte Altieri. “Even though she would work about 60 hours a week, she would make sure to go out dancing once a week — no matter what,” Altieri, 39, said. “She was […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

By Jay Maddock, Dean and Professor of Public Health Texas A&M University As America grays, healthy aging becomes essential. Physical activity or exercise is an important piece of this. Getting regular exercise of just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has been linked to a reduction in heart disease, cancer, falls and cognitive impairment […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
A playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of your life

A playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of your life

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News CHICAGO — At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call. “Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report. “Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain. “We […]

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

By Jane Falkingham Dean of the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton, Southampton, England. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted. An international study suggests that people will be living far longer in 2030, with the gap between men and women starting […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
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