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45% of adults over 65 lack online medical accounts, which could affect COVID vaccination

As the vaccination of older adults against COVID-19 begins across the country, new poll data suggests that many of them don't yet have access to the "patient portal" online systems that could make it much easier for them ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

The urgency of vaccinating nursing home residents is evident in the numbers. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 136,000 residents and employees of long-term care facilities in the U.S. alone, accounting ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Physical frailty syndrome: A cacophony of multisystem dysfunction

In the inaugural issue of the journal Nature Aging a research team led by aging expert Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, synthesizes converging evidence that the aging-related ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

CDC describes COVID-19 trends in nursing home residents, staff

(HealthDay)—Among residents and staff members in U.S. nursing homes, the rates of COVID-19 increased in June and July, then decreased by September, and increased again by late November, paralleling trends in surrounding ...

Medical research

Researchers identify promising model for studying human aging

There are many components to aging, both mental and physical. When it comes to the infrastructure of the human body—the musculoskeletal system that includes muscles, bones, tendons and cartilage—age-associated decline ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

Since the pandemic's descent, they have generally been viewed as among those at higher risk—older Americans, some of them medically vulnerable, figuring out how to navigate life in a COVID-saturated, increasingly isolated ...

Medical research

Scientists develop new gene therapy strategy to delay aging

Cellular senescence, a state of permanent growth arrest, has emerged as a hallmark and fundamental driver of organismal aging. It is regulated by both genetic and epigenetic factors. Despite a few previously reported aging-associated ...

Health

Perception of palliative care in South Asian populations

When dealing with a life-limiting illness, palliative care can improve the quality of life for patients and families. However, for many people, the fear of 'end of life' care prevents them from exploring it. A recent study ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Living alone may increase risk of dying after hip fracture

Individuals face a higher risk of dying following hip fractures. A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has found that living alone after experiencing a hip fracture may further elevate this risk.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults

From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity—or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources—increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Testing memory over four weeks could predict Alzheimer's disease risk

New research suggests testing people's memory over four weeks could identify who is at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease before it has developed. Importantly, the trial found testing people's ability to retain ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Nursing homes may misinterpret mental changes, falls as infection

There is a widespread belief that a change in the mental status or an increase in falls in a nursing home resident may indicate an underlying infection. This contributes to the overuse of antibiotics, according to revised ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Program reduces social isolation among middle-aged and older adults

An existing service in the North West of England called Community Connectors, which enables adults to access social activities within their community, can help reduce loneliness and social isolation, according to an analysis ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 prevention top concern of home-care agencies, survey finds

Tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents depend on home care to support their health as they age or cope with physical challenges. That care often requires close personal contact, increasing the risk of contracting COVID-19 ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Caregivers feeling the strain this tough holiday season

(HealthDay)—The coronavirus pandemic makes the holidays even more difficult for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, an expert says.

Health

New research questions myth of the elderly widower

The assumption that an elderly widower can hardly boil an egg simply doesn't stand according to a recent University of Copenhagen study. The study reports that male seniors do cook and only blossom in the kitchen once alone. ...

Medications

Aged care medication going unchecked

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown just one in five older Australians receive a government-funded medication review after entering an aged care facility.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Building better vaccines for the elderly

As human lifespans have gotten longer, certain proteins in our bodies are increasingly prone to take on alternative shapes. These misfolded proteins can ultimately trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ...