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Room for Improvement in Employers’ Health Care and Wellness Efforts

In light of the changes to the United States health care landscape as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Associated Press conducted a survey on employers’ perspectives on the health insurance marketplace, the plans that they offer employees, and employer wellness programs. This survey employed a nationally representative...

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...

Strategies for Dealing with Limited Health Literacy

Health literacy is an important aspect of healthy aging and is associated with a vast array of health outcomes. Limited health literacy is likely a significant contributor to health disparities in the United States, and is particularly significant in older adulthood. Geriatric and health professionals can enhance the well-being of their clients (older adults) by addressing health...

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...

VA Study Suggests Older Adults Interested in E-Health

Past studies suggest older adults have been using the Internet more frequently as a source for health information. Surveys from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, for example, indicate that an increasing number of older adults are using the Internet to find online health information. It is difficult, however, to determine how much interest the general older adult population...

Rethinking Clinicians’ Understanding of Culture in Treating Older Adults

A recent Journal of the American Geriatric Society article shows that, among the medical fields, an improved understanding of culture is particularly important in geriatrics. As decades of ethnographic study have demonstrated, there is tremendous cross-cultural variation not only in understandings of illness and the role of healers, but also in how people understand aging, the life course, interpersonal relationships, and even death.

Encouraging Better Standards for Medication Use by Older Adults

The Journal of the American Medical Association features two pieces that address medication use among older adults. One is a commentary by Dr. Jerry Avorn, a proponent of academic detailing, which is the practice of disseminating pharmaceutical information according to evidence based on clinical research rather than via advertising. The other is a case study of a medication review by...

Relaxation and music: a short-term remedy for postoperative pain?

According to a recent article in Nursing Research (Good et al. 2010), music may prove useful for managing post-operative pain. A study involved 517 participants who were scheduled for major abdominal surgery at a clinic in the Midwest and was designed to test and compare two strategies for pain self-management. One group of participants were given audiotaped patient training (PT), an...

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