Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018
- Medicaid Demonstrations: Evaluations Yielded Limited Results, Underscoring Need for Changes to Federal Policies and Procedures. GAO-18-220: Published: January 19, 2018. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2018. About one-third of Medicaid’s spending goes toward demonstrations, which allow states to test new approaches to delivering Medicaid services. Do they save money? Improve care? The short answer is that states and the federal government don’t fully know. We found that the federal government did not require complete and timely evaluations from the states, so conclusive results were not available. Click on right to select full report or highlights.
- Hearing Impairment Increases the Risk of Distal Radius, Hip and Spine Fractures: A Longitudinal Follow-up Study Using a National Sample Cohort. So Young Kim, Joon Kyu Lee, Songyong Sim, and Hyo Geun Choi. 2018. PLoS ONE, 13(2): e0192820. Hearing impairment has been suggested to increase the risk of falls. However, most previous studies were conducted in an older population without classification of the fracture regions. This study aimed to delineate the risk of each fracture type in all age populations.
Job programs help mature workers
By Marcia Z. Siegal
In 2015, 1.3 million Americans 55-plus were actively seeking work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many older adults need to work out of financial necessity. Others pursue work to stay productive. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, both funded by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), offer free assistance to help local seniors find employment.
Aging News & Research: January 22-26, 2018
- Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Financial Decision-making by Older Adults: Results from a Financial Decision-making Rating Scale. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.; Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phil.; Lisa J. Ficker, Ph.D.; Evan Gross, M.A.; Analise Rahman-Filipiak, Ph.D.; and Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 41, 2018 – Issue 1, pages 42-65. Published online: October 27, 2017. The LFDRS thus offers clinicians and researchers alike a novel way to assess capacity for financial decision-making.
- Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Stina Ek, M.Sc.; Debora Rizzuto, Ph.D.; Laura Fratiglioni, M.D., Ph.D.; Kristina Johnell, Ph.D.; Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D.; Anna-Karin Welmer, Ph.D. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Medical Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 16, 2018, pages 233-239. Published online: June 9, 2017. Five clusters were identified including: a “healthy,” a “well-functioning with multimorbidity,” a “well-functioning, with multimorbidity and high FRID consumption,” a “physically and cognitively impaired,” and a “disabled” cluster. The risk of injurious falls for all groups was significantly higher than for the first cluster of healthy individuals.
Know these winter resources, health tips
By Alicia M. Colombo
Winter can be harsh on your wallet, as well as your body. Don’t let high utility bills cause a crisis. Several discount and assistance programs are available to people who are older, low- income and/or living with disabilities. This article offers health tips and a roundup of resources to help you weather the season safely and comfortably.
Aging Research & Issues: October 16-20, 2017
- Projections of white and black older adults without living kin in the United States, 2015 to 2060. Ashton M. Verderya, and Rachel Margolis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America(PNAS). Published online October 2, 2017.
- The Promotion of Well-Being in Aging Individuals Living in Nursing Homes: A
Controlled Pilot Intervention with Narrative Strategies. Giulia Cesetti, PsyD,
Francesca Vescovelli, PsyD & Chiara Ruini, PhD. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 40, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 380-391. Published online: February 8, 2017.
Free access. Nursing home patients assigned to the narrative intervention reported significantly increased well-being and sleep quality.
Aging Research & Issues: October 10-13, 2017
- Enjoying the third age! Discourse, identity and liminality in extra-care communities. Karen West, Rachel Shaw , Barbara Hagger and Carol Holland. Ageing and Society, Volume 37, Issue 9, October 2017 , pp. 1874-1897. Open access. Published online: July 13, 2016.
- Hiding in Plain Sight: Social and Demographic Trends That Will Exacerbate the Impact of Alzheimer’s. A Nationwide Commitment to a Cure Can Help Avert Coming Crises. Nicholas Eberstadt, Ph.D. Commissioned by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. (October 2017, .pdf format, 20p.). Shows that the U.S. has vastly underestimated the public costs and consequences of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. A disturbing number of major social trends in America have direct and adverse implications for our capacity to cope with the Alzheimer’s epidemic in the years ahead .
Help available to couples with reverse mortgages
By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center
Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.