Staying engaged, with dementia
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.
Navigating without sight
By Alicia M. Colombo
South Philadelphia native John Martino, 75, lost his sight at just 24 when his retinas suddenly detached. Emergency surgery was only able to restore partial sight to his right eye. Two years later, he was completely blind. “It took me a while to get acclimated,” Martino says. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight.” To help him adjust, he underwent six months of intensive vision rehabilitation therapy. During that time, he learned how to use a guide cane to help him navigate and received career counseling.
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.
Helping people with low vision
With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.
Knowing heart attack risks
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a heart attack. Many of these attacks prove fatal. In fact, heart disease — or the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that can lead to a heart attack — is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many people are unaware that they are at risk – or realize the added heart risks that can occur in wintertime, warns the CDC. February, American Heart Month, is a good time to think about your heart health.
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
Taking care of your heart
By Alicia M. Colombo
This month, take time to love yourself by thinking about your heart health. Heart health is a broad term that is often used to describe healthy blood flow through the vessels, healthy tissue in the heart walls and a normal rhythm, said Sonela Skenderi, D.O., a board-certified cardiovascular disease specialist at Mercy Cardiology at Nazareth Hospital.