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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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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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Soaring Temperatures Pose Threat to Children, Elderly

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The searing, record-setting temperatures in the West and Southwest U.S. warn that extreme heat could be commonplace this summer with the initial heat waves being particularly perilous to children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, according to Dr. Jennifer Caudle, of Rowan University.

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Mayo Clinic Study Shows Increase in Parkinson’s Disease Over 30 Years

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The incidence of Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism increased significantly in 30 years from 1976 to 2005, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today in a study in JAMA Neurology. This trend was noted in particular for men age 70 and older. According to the researchers, this is the first study to suggest such an increasing trend.

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Life Preserver: Exercise May Be the Simple Solution for Rescuing Seniors’ Lost and Injured Muscle

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Exercise may have some surprising benefits for seniors who experience rapid muscle loss and muscle injury and loss as they age. Researchers at McMaster University have found that physical activity can help retain, even repair and regenerate damaged muscle in the elderly. The findings challenge what is generally seen as an inevitable fact of life: that muscle atrophy and damage cannot be completely repaired in old age and in some cases lost altogether.

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UW-Milwaukee Arts Students Collaborate with Older Residents to Create and Enjoy Art

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UW-Milwaukee students, primarily arts majors, are paired with older adults in senior residence homes and programs to enjoy and create art. One student this year lived at the senior home.

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Four Paths to the End of Life – One Far More Expensive Than Others – Emerge in New Medicare Study

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Last-ditch, high-tech heroic treatments. Days in the hospital intensive care unit. You might think this is what makes dying in America so expensive – and that it’s where we should focus efforts to spend healthcare dollars more wisely. But a new study finds that for nearly half of older Americans, high spending was already in motion a year before they died.

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In-Hospital Mobility Program Proves Successful for Patients’ Posthospital Function

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A UAB study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows patients’ mobility while hospitalized helps maintain daily activity in older adults.

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Companion Care Program at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Strives to Make Hospital Stays Less Lonely for Elderly Patients

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Here’s a great story that involves lonely, elderly hospital patients, volunteerism, and an aspiring medical school student. UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital’s “Companion Care Program” pairs volunteers with older patients who often experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Often they have no friends or family living in the area to visit them, or their family members have work and other commitments that make it impossible to visit regularly. That’s where the hospital’s “volunteer companions” step in.

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Hearing Problems Reduce the Quality of Life of Older People

Research has found that hearing loss has wide-ranging impacts not only on older people's ability to communicate, but also on their ability to move about and participate in different hobbies and activities. This has been revealed in studies funded by the Academy of Finland whose results have been published in international scientific journals.

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Watch Your Step—Blur Affects Stepping Accuracy in Older Adults

Visual blurring—like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses—may cause errors in foot position when walking. And that could contribute to the risk of tripping and falling in older adults, suggests a study in the June issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Friends, Family and Community Key to Older Adult Health

Report highlights critical role of relationships in aging, along with the struggles faced by older adults living in cities.

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Even Frail, Older Adults Could Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction

Adults with hypertension who are age 75 years and older, including those who are frail and with poor overall health, could benefit from lowering their blood pressure below current medical guidelines. The multi-institutional investigation was published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting on May 19. The findings could have broad health implications for older Americans, 75 percent of whom have high blood pressure.

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Future Geriatricians 'Become' Alfred, a 74-Year-Old Patient, Using Virtual Reality

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A virtual reality experience transforms the user into a 74-year-old named Alfred in order to see his perspective as a medical patient.

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Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation at Greater Risk for Post-Op Tricuspid Regurgitation After Mitral Valve Repair

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Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) occurs when the heart’s tricuspid valve leaks, allowing blood to flow back from the right ventricle to the right atrium. TR can be secondary to disorders of left-sided heart valves (mitral or aortic). At the 96th AATS Annual Meeting, investigators present the results of a long-term study of patients who underwent mitral valve (MV) repair. They found that although newly developed TR after MV repair was rare, the risk could increase in older patients with atrial fibrillation and impaired heart function.