Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings
Mrs. Altemus, who entered a nursing home in November, was screened for breast cancer this summer. “If the screening is not too invasive, why not?” asked her daughter, Dorothy Altemus. “I want her to have the best quality of life possible.” But a growing chorus of geriatricians, cancer specialists and health system analysts say that say that for the best quality of life, she’d be better off skipping the screening. Such testing in the nation’s oldest patients is highly unlikely to detect lethal disease. It is also hugely expensive and more likely to harm than help, since any follow-up testing and treatment is often invasive. “In patients well into their 80s, with other chronic conditions, it’s highly unlikely that they will receive any benefit from screening, and more likely that the harms will outweigh the benefits,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.Source: New York Times
Mental strategy helps dementia care partners' wellbeing
Responding to dementia symptoms can be a stressful daily activity, especially for spousal partners. Living with a partner with early-stage dementia means that spouses are often the first in line to witness changes in their partners and to provide daily support and assistance.Source: Medical Xpress
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.Source: Yahoo!
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.Source: The Hill
Harmful Effects of Ageism on Older Persons’ Health Found in 45 Countries
In the largest examination to date of the health consequences of ageism, or age-based bias, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found evidence that it harms the health of older people in 45 countries and across 5 continents. The study included over 7 million participants.
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.Source: The New England Journal of Medicine
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.