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Creative Storytelling May Improve Med Students’ Attitudes about Dementia

Survey research suggests that medical students in the United States report feeling insufficiently knowledgeable about the care of older adults, and that they expect to find dealing with patients with dementia time-consuming and excessively challenging. A study published in Academic Medicine found that participation in a nursing home-based storytelling group with older adults with...

Discrepancies in End-of-Life Care Preferences

For elderly patients during the last six months of hospital care, both families and hospital professionals are seeking to improve the lines of communication for desired end-of-life (EOL) practices through advance care planning (ACP). A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the discrepancy between EOL care preferences elected by health care professionals and the patient or...

Attitudes toward Older Patients among Physicians-in-Training

With the aging of the US population, there may be a need for an increased number of geriatric doctors, and for more medical school education on aging and older adults. Medical school curricula are, in fact, incorporating more geriatric training to address this need. Despite the increased exposure to geriatric training, however, survey research on medical students and medical residents...

Counseling Psychologists’ Competence with Older Adult Clients

Research suggests that mental health clinicians are less likely to diagnose and recommend treatment for older adults, possibly in part due to clinician attitudes toward aging and older adults. For example, some studies have found that the identical set of symptoms is likely to be judged as less severe when experienced by an older client. Further studies have found that physicians...

Home Care Agencies Vary Widely in Caregiver Hiring, Screening & Supervision

Home care agencies are often used to help older adults stay in their homes after physical or cognitive decline. In fact, home health aide work is the fastest-growing occupation in the US. Home care workers, most of whom are foreign-born and female, receive low wages despite providing crucial, often complicated support to older adults, such as medication adherence, organizing and...

Aging & Mental Health: Emerging Issues

Mental illness often goes underdiagnosed and undertreated within the older adult population, and this is a growing concern as more Americans begin to join this demographic, specifically the Baby Boom generation, who have higher rates of psychiatric disorders than previous generations of older adults. A recent review in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy summarizes the current state...

Family Alliance and CJE’s Friend Center: Our Partners in Design and Development

Mather LifeWays is pleased to initiate a new Spotlight on Partners section! We work with many organizations that are serving older adults in a variety of ways. While we may not be able to acknowledge every one of our partners, we will try to note as many as possible in the coming months. Spotlight Partners this month include the Family Alliance and the Friend Center at the Council for...

Medication Beliefs & Adherence Among Older Adults: New Longitudinal Findings

Previous studies of medication adherence have contributed important findings about the health behaviors of older adults. We know that medication adherence is more likely if the medication regimen fits with individual beliefs about illness and health goals, and that specific beliefs about specific medicines appear to be better predictors of adherence than general views about medication...

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