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How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what levels of engagement were associated with...

Greater Life Expectancy in the United States Also Associated with More Quality Years of Life

Life expectancy has been steadily increasing in the United States, but it has been unclear how this longer life span impacts quality of life for aging Americans. In order to take into account quality of life, researchers have come up with a measurement called quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE). The measurement of QALE takes into account groups of questions on functioning and...

Pharmaceutical Policy for the Aging World Population

A recent opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses a European strategy for appropriate research, marketing, and authorization for geriatric medicines. The article identifies some policies and practices to address the fact that clinical drug trials may not provide sufficient evidence for the use of drugs by older patients, and that standards for drug education and...

Long-term Care Awareness Study Reveals Americans’ Lack of Preparedness Related to Financing Long-Term Care

Northwestern Mutual’s Long-Term Care Awareness Study suggests that many Americans have work to do in order to be financially prepared for the costs of their future long-term care. Northwestern Mutual surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,500 adults (18 or older) on their understanding of how they will finance their long-term care needs. The survey suggests significant...

2012 Seniors Housing & Care Journal: Predicting Nursing Home Demand

Being able to predict short- and long-term demand for nursing home care is important for the industry and for policy makers. This article reports on a study that used a behavioral model of health service use, combining various sources of county-level data, to predict the rate of nursing homes by county throughout Michigan. Their model was able to explain 90 percent of the variance in...

Identifying & Addressing Social Isolation

Social isolation is a significant and widespread problem, with a variety of health consequences. A recent paper in the Journal of Primary Prevention reviews the last 15 years of research on social isolation among older adults, presenting an overview of the topic for health and geriatric professionals. Several health consequences of social isolation have been identified in the...

Social Network Type Predicts Health Behaviors

Social networks have been shown to influence well-being in many ways. For example, a large, diverse social network can provide access to social support and a wide range of opportunities and resources. At the same time, stressful social relationships can be a source of anxiety or conflict. Social networks high in social capital (that is, the economic and other resources made available...

Loneliness, Functional Decline, & Mortality

It is well known that social connectedness and the avoidance of loneliness are important aspects of healthy aging. The psychological experience of loneliness is distinct from the objective lack of social connections, and researchers are beginning to explore how the feeling of loneliness may be a separate risk factor for poor health, different from the risks of objective social...

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