Study Examines Dementia Caregiver Experiences and Preparedness
As the global population ages, people providing care for more than one family member or close other across adulthood is becoming increasingly common. Yet little is known about the ways prior caregiving experiences shape an individual’s future preparedness when it comes to caring for additional people living with dementia.
Novel Risk Model Predicts Death 6 Months After MI in Elderly
A novel risk calculation model that includes information about functional impairments and frailty shows promise in flagging 6-month mortality risk among elderly patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).Source: Medscape
When the Care Is as Burdensome as the Condition
Harold Peterson’s* cardiologist prescribes medications for his heart disease. His primary care physician prescribes medications for his high blood pressure and also determined that his hip pain needed to be addressed. He referred Peterson to an orthopedist, who recommended surgery.Source: Next Avenue
Health costs of ageism calculated at $63 billion annually, study finds
Ageism — a widespread form of prejudice that is directed at older persons — led to excess costs of $63 billion for a broad range of health conditions during one year in the United States, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Yale center dedicated to research on older adults receives renewed funding
For the fifth consecutive time, the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) has been renewed for funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Center is one of only two such programs nationwide to receive continuous NIA support since it was first funded in 1992, marking more than 25 years of excellence in geriatrics and aging research under the leadership of Geriatrics Section Chief Dr. Mary Tinetti, Dr. Thomas Gill, and Dr. Terri Fried.
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Family caregivers help with wider range of healthcare tasks than thought
A Yale-led study finds that while many family caregivers assist older adults with serious health problems like dementia and disability, the majority aid adults without those issues. Caregivers are also helping with a much wider range of activities than previously thought, said the researchers.
End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals
Too few older adults plan ahead for end-of-life medical decisions. Even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their preferences are not always communicated or understood, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher.