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 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
PCA service coordination helps keep frail seniors at home
The majority of older adults want to age at home, in the community. PCA’s nearly 200 service coordinators are vital to helping them do so when they become frail. Each year, the agency provides service coordination for more than 17,000 older Philadelphians.
Managing life with osteoarthritis
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation, affecting more than 50 million adults in the United States. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people age. Arthritis is not a single disease, but rather a term referring to general joint pain or stiffness. There are more than 100 […]
Aging Research & Issues: December 18-22, 2017
- Professional quality of life of adult protective service workers. Angela Ghesquiere , PhD, Stacey B. Plichta , ScD, CPH, Caitlin McAfee , LMSW & Geoff Rogers , BA. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 1-19. Published online: November 21, 2017. A sizable minority of adult protective service workers (22.7%) were at high risk for burnout, 24.6% were at risk for secondary traumatic stress, and 19.9% reported low compassion satisfaction.
- Armed and Aging: Dementia and Firearms Do Not Mix ! Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi & Mario Di Fiorino. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 647-660. Published online: October 27, 2017.
Tips to help avoid cold stress
The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can help protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).