Geriatrics

Majority of Elderly Patients Unaware of Deprescribing

Majority of Elderly Patients Unaware of Deprescribing

While the majority of elderly patients are aware of medication harm, most are unfamiliar with deprescribing.

Two-Thirds of Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

Two-Thirds of Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

Among 795,909 people in 150 studies, only 36.7% had completed an advance directive.

Significant Number of Seniors Don't Seek Help for Drug Costs

Significant Number of Seniors Don't Seek Help for Drug Costs

Among the respondents who said their medication costs were a burden, 49% had not talked to their doctors about the issue.

New Report Looks Into Patient Refusal of Home Health Care Services

New Report Looks Into Patient Refusal of Home Health Care Services

Importance of home health care services are increasing, partly due to shorter hospital stays and complex needs.

Medicare Costs Soar With Pre-Admission Functional Impairments

Medicare Costs Soar With Pre-Admission Functional Impairments

There was an increase in mean Medicare costs after discharge that were linked to severity of pre-admission impairment.

Inpatient Age Significant Factor in Discharge Against Medical Advice

Inpatient Age Significant Factor in Discharge Against Medical Advice

Race/ethnicity and poverty are more pronounced as risk factors for DAMA in elderly inpatients.

Many Elderly LGBTQ Individuals Experience Barriers to Care

Many Elderly LGBTQ Individuals Experience Barriers to Care

Elderly LGBTQ individuals are more likely to be depressed and have poor general health than non-LGBTQ seniors.

Almost 1000 Patients Used Oregon's Physician-Aided Dying Law Since 1998

Almost 1000 Patients Used Oregon's Physician-Aided Dying Law Since 1998

Most patients were white, older, and college-educated.

Medication Linked to Cognitive Impairment Is Frequently Prescribed to Elderly OAB Patients

Medication Linked to Cognitive Impairment Is Frequently Prescribed to Elderly OAB Patients

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Cognitive impairment is an especially worrisome adverse effect in older patients.

Hepatitis C Screening Rates for Baby Boomers Remain Low

Hepatitis C Screening Rates for Baby Boomers Remain Low

Screening rates remain low despite recommendations, researchers say.

Earlier Readmission Follows Shorter Hospital Length of Stay for Seniors

Earlier Readmission Follows Shorter Hospital Length of Stay for Seniors

The risk of early readmission from post-acute care facility decreases with longer LOS at index hospitalization.

New Index Predicts Mortality in Elderly Americans

New Index Predicts Mortality in Elderly Americans

Eleven-factor index predicts mortality with excellent calibration and discrimination.

Hearing Loss Rates Expected to Double in US by 2060

Hearing Loss Rates Expected to Double in US by 2060

Increase will be greatest among adults over 70, researchers say.

Sleep Quality Improved with Acupressure

Sleep Quality Improved with Acupressure

Acupressure on specific acupoints is linked to significantly improved scores on PSQI and SF-36.

Discussion of Advanced Directives Increase with Quality Interventions

Discussion of Advanced Directives Increase with Quality Interventions

A series of quality improvement interventions can increase the capture of advanced care directives in EMRs.

Mental Decline Rates Lowered with Mentally Stimulating Tasks in Older Adults

Mental Decline Rates Lowered with Mentally Stimulating Tasks in Older Adults

Computer use, crafting, social activities and video games all seem to improve brain health.

Smoking Cessation at Any Age Proves Beneficial

Smoking Cessation at Any Age Proves Beneficial

Even patients who quit in their 60s can add years to their lives, researchers find.

Soaring Costs of Prescriptions for Elderly Continue

Soaring Costs of Prescriptions for Elderly Continue

The cost of brand-name drugs for chronic conditions rose nearly 130 times faster than the inflation rate.

Acute Respiratory Infections Drop with High-Doses of Vitamin D in Elderly

Acute Respiratory Infections Drop with High-Doses of Vitamin D in Elderly

There was a reduction in ARIs, but an increase in falls, without higher fracture risk, among long-term care residents.

High-Intensity Resistance Training Associated with Improvements in Cognitive Impairment

High-Intensity Resistance Training Associated with Improvements in Cognitive Impairment

This study shows significant improvements in cognitive function, muscle strength and aerobic capacity with resistance training.

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