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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs, Researchers Find

Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs, Researchers Find

From the March 7 2011 Science Daily news item

ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) — America’s 75 million aging adults soon will face decisions about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly and require seniors to move from place to place. University of Missouri researchers have found that a new strategy for long-term care called Aging in Place is less expensive and provides better health outcomes….

In a four-year analysis of AIP, the total care costs for residents were thousands less than traditional care options. Costs for living and health care never approached the costs for nursing homes and assisted-living services. In addition, AIP residents had improved mental and physical health outcomes.

“The goal is to restore people to their best possible health so they can remain independent,” Rantz said. “Once they are healthy, the additional care services are removed in order to minimize costs. AIP can be implemented by health care facilities and made available to seniors throughout the country.”

 

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alliance for Aging Research

The Alliance for Aging Research was founded in 1986 to “promote medical and behavioral research into the aging process”. Since then it has enlarged its mission by “developing, implementing and advocating programs in research, professional and consumer health education and public policy”.

Topics include Caregving, Health, Longevity, Medical Innovation, Policy, Quality of Care and Research.
Each topic has links to publications, including views of the Alliance.

Focus Areas include reports and similar publications in 25 areas as Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Men’s Health, Persistent Pain, Stroke, and Vision Loss.

The home page includes links to surveys & quizzes, blog items, news items, and an option for email updates.

The Resources links includes a variety of items including links to organizations and agencies focusing on specific and general health topics. There are also a small number of links in areas as health insurance, health news, clinical trials, and caregiving.

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | Leave a comment

How to Talk to Your Doctor

The National Institutes of Health Senior Health site has new information on how to talk to your doctor.

It includes information on planning an office visit, how to get the most out of an office visit, and conversations after diagnosis.

Includes links to related videos.

Not for seniors only!

Related Resources

illustration of an older man talking to his doctor

  • Talking to Your Doctor links you to NIH resources that can help you make the most of your conversations with your doctor.
    Communication is key to good health care.
    Get tips for asking questions and talking openly about your symptoms and concerns.

Includes general guides as well specific advice in these areas: cancer, eye health, diabetes, hearing, heart health, kidney
disease, urologic conditions, weight loss, complementary and alternative medicine, and  aging



June 25, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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