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Article ID: 700873

Senior Housing Communities Lead to Lower Level of Hospitalization

Washington University in St. Louis

Over time, older individuals who live in senior housing communities were found to be less likely to have high levels of hospitalization, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.“Our findings suggest that the positive effects from the various support services available in the senior housing environment accrue over time in helping vulnerable elders better manage their health conditions,” said Sojung Park, assistant professor at the Brown School and lead author of “The Role of Senior Housing in Hospitalizations Among Vulnerable Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Longitudinal Perspective,” published in the October issue of the journal The Gerontologist.

20-Sep-2018 3:05 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 700436

Poorest Americans Most Likely to Have Used Prescription Opioids — and Most Users View Opioids Positively

University at Buffalo

Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored contours of the opioid crisis. The study also raises important questions about access to pain management options for the disadvantaged in the current climate of the opioid epidemic.

12-Sep-2018 3:30 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    10-Sep-2018 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 700186

1 in 4 Older Adults Prescribed a Benzodiazepine Goes on to Risky Long-Term Use, Study Finds

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

They may start as well-intentioned efforts to calm anxiety, improve sleep or ease depression. But prescriptions for sedatives known as benzodiazepines may lead to long-term use among one in four older adults who receive them, according to new research. That’s despite warnings against long-term use of these drugs, especially among older people.

7-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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    5-Sep-2018 7:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 699801

Focus on Aging Eyes: Poll Finds Primary Care Providers Play a Key Role in Vision Care After 50

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new poll suggests that primary care providers could play an important role in promoting vision care for adults age 50 and older, especially for those most in need of eye exams, and those most sensitive to the cost.

30-Aug-2018 10:20 AM EDT

Article ID: 699307

Senior Citizens Day: Stress-Free Approaches To Managing Health In Diverse Older Adults

Texas A&M University

America is aging, with about 15 percent of the population over the age of 65. As Americans age, susceptibility to chronic conditions increases and level of overall health can decline.

21-Aug-2018 3:05 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 698526

Study: Older People Less Apt to Recognize They’ve Made a Mistake

University of Iowa

University of Iowa researchers have found that older people are less likely than younger people to realize when they’ve made a mistake. The finding offers new insight into how aging adults perceive their decisions and view their performance.

3-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 698268

As Little as Two Weeks of Inactivity Can Trigger Diabetic Symptoms in Vulnerable Patients, Researchers Find

McMaster University

Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

31-Jul-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 698265

Storytelling May Help Reduce Delirium in Hospitalized Elderly Patients

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Artist-in-residence Elizabeth Vander Kamp laughs with a patient during an Arts in Medicine visit.Many hospitalized patients, especially older adults, are at risk of developing delirium, a risk that is increased by the presence of cognitive, functional, visual or hearing impairment or depression. Performing arts programs that include storytelling and poetry may be beneficial in lowering that risk, suggests a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

30-Jul-2018 3:50 PM EDT
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    30-Jul-2018 7:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 697918

Opioids and Older Adults: Poll Finds Support for Prescribing Limits, and Need for Better Counseling and Disposal Options

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly a third of older adults have received a prescription for an opioid pain medicine in the past two years, but a new poll shows many didn’t get enough counseling about the risks that come with them, how to reduce use, when to switch to a non-opioid, or what to do with leftovers. Nearly three-quarters support limits on how many opioids a doctor can prescribe at once.

25-Jul-2018 10:10 AM EDT

Article ID: 697859

Women and Older People Under-Represented in Drug Trials for Heart Disease

Universite de Montreal

In the U.S., it's estimated the number of people aged 65 and older will double over the next 30 years. With the first baby boomers now turning 73, the demand for cardiac care is expected to skyrocket, not just in the U.S. but elsewhere as well. Even though they have more cardiovascular problems, fewer women and people over 65 are recruited for randomized clinical trials than men and younger people. To find out, a team of researchers took a close look at the 25 most influential clinical trials for each year in the 20-year period from 1996 to 2015. They compared the age and sex of participants to data published in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2015-2016 on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in America.

25-Jul-2018 6:00 AM EDT

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