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‘America’s other drug problem’: Copious prescriptions for hospitalized elderly

‘America’s other drug problem’: Copious prescriptions for hospitalized elderly

By Anna Gorman / Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit. A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old […]

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

By Jenni Bergal Stateline Wheelchair ramps are among the home modifications that older adults may need to stay where they live. Several states have considered bills that would give tax credits to residents who make their homes more accessible. Most seniors and aging baby boomers want to remain in their homes as they grow older. […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was […]

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

By Jen Fifield Stateline ROCKVILLE, Md. — Ever since she was 4, when a caregiver force-fed her with a spoon, Caroline Munro has not let anyone feed her but her mother. The 22-year-old has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She doesn’t speak and functions at a preschool level. Her mother, Beth Munro, feeds her […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Assisted living residents with dementia prone to abusing others, study finds

Assisted living residents with dementia prone to abusing others, study finds

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Assisted living residents who abuse other residents or staff are likely to have dementia or severe mental illness, afflictions that pose unappreciated risks in facilities occupied by vulnerable elderly adults, a new study reported. That abuse can include physical, verbal and sexual incidents, according to a study published online […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

By Anna Gorman — Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SAN FRANCISCO — Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor. Then, in March, a bad fall landed her in the hospital. Doctors cared for her wounds and treated her pneumonia. But Prochazka, 75, didn’t […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term care is an immediate problem — for the government

Long-term care is an immediate problem — for the government

By Anna Gorman and Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News Donna Nickerson spent her last working years as the activity and social services director at a Turlock, Calif., nursing home. But when she developed Alzheimer’s disease and needed that kind of care herself, she and her husband couldn’t afford it: A bed at a nearby home […]

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors who live alone likeliest to rate their health highly, study

Seniors who live alone likeliest to rate their health highly, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News People over 65 who live alone were more likely to describe their health as excellent or very good than were seniors who live with others, according to a study exploring connections between older Americans’ health status and their living arrangements. Conversely, older people living with others — whether related […]

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More