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In Older Adults, Frailty and Depression Symptoms Are Linked and Can Affect Spouses

Frailty, a condition that affects 10 percent of people aged 65 and older, can make older adults more prone to disability, falls, hospitalization and a shorter lifespan. Recently, researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society examined the effects of frailty and depression on married couples. Although we know much about the effects of frailty and depression on individuals, up until now, little has been uncovered about how these two conditions may be connected within couples.

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Lower Weight, Diabetes, and Heart Disease Can Worsen Quality of Life for Frail Older Women

Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently learned that older women who are frail, and who have six or more chronic health conditions, are twice as likely to have a lower quality of life compared to women with less than three risk factors.

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Safe Steps for Seniors to Stop Stumbles

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May is National Trauma Awareness Month, and this year the American Trauma Society is raising awareness about senior safety and falls with “Safe Steps for Seniors.” The Stony Brook Trauma Center is taking steps to shed light on the matter to help prevent serious injuries from occurring.

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Texas A&M Study Shows Risk Factors Associated with Injurious Falls in Residential Care Facilities

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Falls are one of the leading causes of injury-related death among elderly people. So finding the risk factors that endanger them is becoming increasingly important, particularly with the projected increase in the elderly population with the baby boomers.

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Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

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Strength Training Helps Older Adults Live Longer

Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying in a new analysis by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Columbia University.

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Sorry Kids, Seniors Want to Connect and Communicate on Facebook, Too

Older adults, who are Facebook's fastest growing demographic, are joining the social network to stay connected and make new connections, just like college kids who joined the site decades ago, according to Penn State researchers.

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ACR Responds to MEDCAC on Peripheral Arterial Disease Care for Seniors

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) — as a member of a coalition of leading medical societies — provided peripheral arterial disease (PAD) treatment recommendations to the Medicare Evidence Development Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). In addition, the coalition called for continued research in how to provide the best care for U.S. seniors with lower extremity PAD.

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Successful Dying: Researchers Define the Elements of a “Good Death”

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For most people, the culmination of a good life is a “good death,” though what that means exactly is a matter of considerable consternation. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine surveyed published, English-language, peer-reviewed reports of qualitative and quantitative studies defining a “good death,” ultimately identifying 11 core themes associated with dying well.

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Researchers Find Worry Over Falls Among Elderly Leads to Action

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering conducted a survey on falls among the elderly and discovered that Americans are very worried about an elderly parent falling — and that this worry leads to action.

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CareGiving.com and Caregiver Monday Launch Free Weekly “Caring Lunch Hour Chat”

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You're invited to chat with Caregiver Monday & CareGiving.com every Monday beginning Monday, March 28th. The event takes place from 11 A.M. EST - 3 P.M. EST. Our Caring Lunch Hour Chat is open to anyone who cares for or has cared for a family member or friend with a chronic illness, disease or disability. To join the Caring Lunch Hour discussion, go to CareGiving.com and click the orange “chat” button on the home page.

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Can an iPad Help You See?

A new study provides the first experimental evidence that the Apple iPad is as good as technology traditionally used in reading rehabilitation for individuals with visual impairment.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Applauds House Passage of Older Americans Act

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, commends the United States House of Representatives for passing the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2016 (S.192).

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More Elderly Using Dangerous Drug Combinations

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One in six older adults now regularly use potentially deadly combinations of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements -- a two-fold increase over a five-year period.

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INTERACT Quality Improvement Program Contributes to Positive Preliminary Results on CMS Initiative to Reduce Nursing Home Hospitalizations

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Components of Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers or INTERACT™, designed by researchers at FAU, were implemented in phase I of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents.

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Conservative Care May Be a Reasonable Option for Elderly Kidney Failure Patients

• Among kidney failure patients aged ≥80 years, there was no statistically significant survival advantage for those who chose dialysis over conservative management.

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New Program Could Improve Hearing Aid Use for Older Adults

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic illness for older adults. It can impact everyday life and can significantly affect a person’s health and safety if gone untreated. Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. However, in 2005 more than 325,000 hearing aids, less than four years old were unused according to a previous study in the Hearing Journal. Now, a new hearing aid adjustment program created by Kari Lane, assistant professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, may help increase hearing aid use for those who need them.

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1 in 4 Seniors Have Superbugs on Their Hands After a Hospital Stay, New Research Finds

One in four seniors is bringing along stowaways from the hospital to their next stop: superbugs on their hands. Moreover, seniors who go to a nursing home or other post-acute care facility will continue to acquire new superbugs during their stay, according to findings made by University of Michigan researchers published in a JAMA Internal Medicine research letter.

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Blueberries, the Well-Known ‘Super Fruit,’ Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s

The blueberry, already labeled a “super fruit” for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, also could be another weapon in the war against Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers present their work today at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Study: Financial Literacy Declines with Age, Confidence to Make Decisions Doesn’t

A study from two Texas Tech professors shows an alarming decrease in financial awareness among Americans of retirement age.