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Business, Old Age, Older Americans, work culture, Work Conditions, Employee Assistance Programs, Employee Behavior, employee health and productivity, productive aging, productivity measurement

The Hidden Value of an Older Workforce

Across North America, the workforce is going grey. In Canada, labour market participation rates of people 55 and over are rapidly increasing, from about 23 per cent in the mid-1990s to 37 per cent in 2015. In the US, those numbers are also on the rise — from 12 per cent in 1992 to 21 per cent in 2012. Concordia researchers provide practical tools to combat on-the-job ageism — and increase production

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Geriatrics, medical decisions, medical risk, medical benefits, risk, Risk Analysis, society for risk analysis, risk perceptions, benefit-risk, adult life-span risk, patient decisions, elderly and medical decisions, risk aversion, risk acceptance, Risk Communication, DOSPERT-M

Contrary to Cliché, the Elderly Will Take Medical Risks Given Enough Benefits

We know that the elderly are risk averse when it comes to their finances, but until now few studies have looked at how the elderly judge medical treatment risks, an increasingly vital issue.

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Ted Dawson, Dawson, Valina Dawson, Han Seok Ko, Xiaobo Mao, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's, LAG3, Alpha-synuclein, α-synuclein , Brain, Cells

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Physical Therapy, falls in older adults , Falls In Seniors, Falls Prevention, Falls

"Fear of Falling Can Cause You to Fall." Tips to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

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Physical Activity, Older Adults, simulated laughter, Laughter, Georgia State University, Celeste Greene, Jennifer Craft Morgan, Exercise

Laughter-Based Exercise Program Has Health Benefits, Study Finds

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Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program that is focused on strength, balance and flexibility could improve older adults’ mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

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Findings Suggest Electric Fan Use by Elderly During Extreme Heat Could Be Harmful

In a study appearing in the September 6 issue of JAMA, Craig G. Crandall, Ph.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and colleagues examined whether electric fan use would delay elevations in heart rate and core temperature of elderly adults exposed to extreme heat and humidity.

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Ut Southwestern, Ut Southwestern Medical Center, Exercise, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, IEEM, electric fans, Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine, Elderly

Electric Fans May Exacerbate Heat Issues for Seniors, Study Finds

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Using electric fans to relieve high levels of heat and humidity may, surprisingly, have the opposite effect for seniors, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center heart specialists suggests.

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Screening for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Declines with Patient Age

In a recent analysis of patient charts from eight different emergency departments, documented screening for self-harm, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts declined with age, from approximately 81 percent in younger age groups to a low of 68 percent among those aged ≥85 years.

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Nursing, Nursing Homes, IT, Information Technologies, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Health Informatics, Health Information, Health Information Technologies, Quality Measures, Seniors

Patient Care Can Improve with Technology in Nursing Homes

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A significant part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was the $25 billion invested in health information technology (IT) to improve quality, safety, efficiency in health care while also reducing health disparities. However, nursing homes did not receive the same level of investment in technology as hospitals, leading to little understanding of how IT sophistication is impacting patient care in nursing homes. Now, research from the University of Missouri shows increases in IT sophistication can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures.

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Dialysis, Nephrology, Older Patients, Geriatric Care, shared decision-making , end-stage renal disease

Older Patients Feel They Have Little Say in Choosing Dialysis, Study Says

Starting dialysis treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) should be a shared decision made by an informed patient based on discussions with a physician and family members. However, many older dialysis patients say they feel voiceless in the decision-making process and are unaware of more conservative management approaches that could help them avoid initiating a treatment that reduces their quality of life, according to a study led by Tufts University researchers.

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Sensor Systems Identify Senior Citizens at Risk of Falling Within Three Weeks

Each year, millions of people—especially those 65 and older—fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls. This technology can assist health providers to detect changes and intervene before a fall occurs within a three-week period.

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Aging, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Mental Health, Wisdom, Well-being

Graying but Grinning: Despite Physical Ailments, Older Adults Happier

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While even the best wines eventually peak and turn to vinegar, a new study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests a paradoxical trend in the mental health of aging adults: They seem to consistently get better over time.

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Four Tips for Aging Teeth

Oral health tips about caring for your teeth as you age, provided by Dr. Larry Williams of the Academy of General Dentistry.

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Assisted-Living Facilities Limit Older Adults’ Rights to Sexual Freedom, Study Finds

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Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities, according to research conducted by the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University.

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Working and Volunteering Could Reduce Disablement in Seniors, Study Finds

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Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University.

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Smartwatch Interface Could Improve Communication, Help Prevent Falls at Nursing Homes

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Poor communication systems at nursing homes can lead to serious injury for residents who are not tended to in a timely manner. A new smartwatch app being developed at Binghamton University could help certified nursing assistants (CNAs) respond to alerts more quickly and help prevent falls.

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Study Shows Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans

Older military veterans frequently show improvements in pain intensity over time. However, opioids, some mental health conditions and certain pain diagnoses are associated with lower likelihood of improvement, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain.

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Study Finds Differences in Older Adults Who Fall Indoors Versus Outdoors

According to a new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, patient characteristics and outcomes differ for people who fall outdoors versus indoors.

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Driving Ability of People with Cognitive Impairment Difficult to Assess: Research Review

No single assessment tool is able to consistently determine driving ability in people with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, a St. Michael's Hospital research review has found.

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Caregiving, Seniors, Disabililty, Aging In Place, Elderly, In-Home Care, Disparities

Study Shows a Rising, but Uneven, Tide of in-Home Care for Disabled Seniors

More seniors are getting help from family, friends and hired helpers to keep them in their homes, despite disabilities that keep them from total independence, a new study finds. Half of disabled seniors in a long-term study got in-home help in 2012, up 20 percent from the late 1990s.







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