Transitioning gender to become her true self
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
After years of “gender unhappiness,” Lee Ann Etscovitz took a huge step in a long, painful journey. At the age of 65, she underwent male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery in May 2001. “I had to live as much as possible as the female I felt myself to be,” says Etscovitz, a Hatboro resident.
Tips to prevent heat stress
When you’re feeling the heat, this information could be a lifesaver.
Sharon Congleton, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) health promotion nurse supervisor, says that senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at a greater risk heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stress.
“It is important for older adults to understand the dangers and potential complications that can occur from being exposed to severe heat. Older adults also need to know what they can do to prevent heat stress from occurring,” she said.
Find ways to be active, involved during Older Americans Month
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL’s) Administration on Aging (AoA), this celebration each May offers an opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
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.
Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018
- Training Area Agencies on Aging Case Managers to Improve Physical Function, Mood, and Behavior in Persons With Dementia and Caregivers: Examples from the RDAD-Northwest Study. Susan M. McCurry, Rebecca G. Logsdon, Kenneth C. Pike, David M. LaFazia & Linda Teri. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 61, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 45-60 . Published online: December 6, 2017.
- Psychological predictors of eating pathology in older adult women. Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ashley Kronen Marotta, Steven Pirutinsky, Ruth T. Morin & Joseph C. McGowan. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 2, Pages 145-157. Published online: April 3, 2017. Results of an Internet survey of older adult women (N = 245; aged 60–90 years) indicate that the factors significantly associated with eating pathology—perfectionism, depression, and sociocultural pressures to be thin—closely parallel those reported for both younger and middle-aged women.
Aging Research & Issues: February 12-16, 2018
- Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare is Needed.
- ‘‘It was then that I thought ‘What? This is not my Dad’’: The implications of the ‘still the same person’ narrative for children and young people who have a parent with dementia.
Aging Research & Issues: February 5-9, 2018
Aging News & Research: January 29-February 2, 2018
- Quantity of Movement as a Measure of Engagement for Dementia: The Influence of Motivational Disorders. Giulia Perugia, MSc, Daniel Rodríguez-Martín, PhD, Marta Díaz Boladeras, PhD, Andreu Català Mallofré, PhD, Emilia Barakova, PhD, Matthias Rauterberg, PhD. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages: 112-121. First Published November 17, 2017. SAGE Choice Open Access. Results highlighted significant correlations between quantity of movement and observational scales of engagement and a strong negative influence of apathy and depression on engagement. Click to download pdf.
- Prevalence of Long-Term Opioid Use in Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents. Jacob N Hunnicutt MPH, Stavroula A Chrysanthopoulou PhD, Christine M Ulbricht PhD, Anne L Hume PharmD, Jennifer Tjia MD, Kate L Lapane PhD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 48–55. First published: September 21, 2017. One in seven NH residents was prescribed opioids long-term. Recent guidelines on opioid pre-scribing for pain recommend reducing long-term opioid use, but this is challenging in NHs because residents may not beneﬁt from nonpharmacological and nonopioid interventions.
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.