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.
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.
Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018
- Primary Care Providers’ Perspectives on Screening Older Adult Patients for Food Insecurity. Jennifer A. Pooler MPP , Vanessa A. Hoffman , MPH & Fata J. Karva , MPP. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 2018, Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 1-23. Published online: August 25, 2017.
- How people come to recognise a problem and seek medical help for a person showing early signs of dementia: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. Lucy Perry-Young, Gareth Owen, Susan Kelly , Christabel Owens. Dementia, 2018, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 34–60.
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).
Caregiving from a distance
In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.