Experts give their advice on how seniors and those with existing medical conditions can stay healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak
While most of us know that COVID-19 can affect seniors more seriously, it can also cause more serious complications for other vulnerable people in the population, such as those with other underlying health conditions. To help people in these higher risk categories stay informed and protect themselves, infectious disease specialist Alan Taege, MD from Cleveland Clinic, Mary Tinetti, MD, Chief of Geriatrics at Yale and international expert in care for the geriatric population, and Richard Marottoli, MD, MPH, the medical director of the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, have released their advice and answers to some common questions and concerns.
Obtaining health care in the appropriate setting is crucial for older patients
The 3-day rule prevents timely and coordinated care for older adults needing rehabilitation, which often places older patients in the inappropriate setting for the care they need, in order to avoid excess out-of-pocket costs and ensure coverage.
Adjö — My Patient’s Prolonged Good-Bye
"Do you know how to say au revoir in Swedish?” His eyes light up like miniature moons, cataracts shimmering with childish joy. His lips pull back into a smile, revealing teeth browned and loosened from their foundation. His mind, having churned thought after thought for 95 years, can’t keep up now, so he asks me this same question at every clinic visit. I smile and pretend I’m answering for the first time. Every time.
Gill Named PI In NIA Clin-STAR Program
Thomas M. Gill, MD, Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and professor of epidemiology (chronic diseases) and of Investigative Medicine; and director, Yale Program on Aging and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; was named a principal investigator (PI) for Yale School of Medicine (YSM) as part of the new Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) program.
YSM Faculty Help Make New Haven Restaurant Week More Accessible to Older Adults
Barry Wu, MD, professor of clinical medicine (Geriatrics), looks forward to New Haven Restaurant Week (NHRW) twice a year, when around thirty local restaurants have special lunch and dinner prix fixe menus, to encourage people to enjoy the city’s local restaurants. Over the summer, Wu and Richard Marottoli, MD, MPH, professor of medicine (Geriatrics), began to consider if there was a way to enable more older adults in the New Haven area, particularly ones with limitations, to enjoy NHRW.
Patient-aligned Care Reduces Unwanted Medications, Tests for Older Adults
An emerging approach to health care that focuses decision-making on older patients’ health goals and care preferences can reduce unwanted and unhelpful treatment, such as medications and diagnostic tests, say Yale researchers.
$3.75 Million Grant Provides Opportunity for Yale School of Medicine and Partners to Create Age-friendly Health Environment
As the U.S. population ages, improving the care of older adults is more important than ever. Mary Tinetti, MD, Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and section chief (Geriatrics), describes a $3.75 million Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) award as an opportunity for Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and its partners to create an age-friendly health environment across parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.
New Study Looks at Decision-making and Care of Older Adults
Decision-making about the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions can be complicated, but is feasible, found new study led by Mary Tinetti, MD, Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Public Health and chief of geriatrics.
Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients
Close to 20% of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Performance on a simple mobility test is the best predictor of whether an elderly heart attack patient will be readmitted, a Yale-led study reports.
Ferrante Honored with Inaugural Arti Hurria Award
Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine), has been honored by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) with the inaugural Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine.
Interprofessional Palliative Care Module: A Team Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Practicing
A patient who is a Jehovah’s Witness tells a nurse that he does not want a blood transfusion because of his religion. The husband of a patient requests that a physician assistant (PA) not speak directly to his wife about her impending death, and also asks the PA for help fulfilling traditional Sunni Muslim time-of-death customs. A terminally-ill patient asks a doctor “why is God doing this to me?”
Health surrogates for older adults often don’t know their care preferences
When it comes to making health decisions for an older adult, what health surrogates don’t know can be harmful, according to new research. While 75% of surrogates feel extremely confident in their knowledge of a loved one’s preferences, only 21% of them actually know what the older patient would want in the event of a serious illness, the researchers said.