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Article ID: 702409

Medicating Distress: Risky Sedative Prescriptions for Older Adults Vary Widely

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study shows wide variation in prescriptions of sedative drugs, called benzodiazepines, to people with Medicare coverage. Some counties, especially in southern and rural western states, had three times the level of sedative prescribing as others. The study also highlights gaps at the level of individual prescribers: Some primary care providers prescribed sedatives more than six times more often than their peers.

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18-Oct-2018 9:55 AM EDT

Article ID: 702316

For-Profit Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Be Diagnosed with Neglect Issues

University of Illinois at Chicago

Residents receiving care in for-profit nursing homes are almost twice as likely to experience health issues caused by substandard care compared with clients living in not-for-profit facilities or in homes in the community, according to a new report in the journal Gerontology.The researchers, led by Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, also found that community-dwelling adults 60 years old and older who need assistance with tasks related to daily living but do not live in a nursing home had the fewest number of clinical signs of neglect compared with those living in any type of nursing facility.

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16-Oct-2018 4:10 PM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30-Aug-2018 10:20 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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3-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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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.

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31-Jul-2018 9:00 AM EDT

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