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Possible Breakthrough in the Study, Treatment of Hearing Loss

Problems in the cochlea (a hollow spiral in the inner ear) are the cause of most individuals’ hearing loss. However, the exact cause of such problems is almost always impossible to diagnose, because the inner ear cannot be safely accessed with existing techniques, and CT and MRI scans do not have sufficient resolution for diagnostic purposes. This may soon change, however, as an...

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...

The BRIGHTEN Program: An Electronic Networking Intervention Program for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Teams

Thirty percent of older adults report depressive symptoms at primary care visits; however, many more may go undetected. Primary care physicians rarely have the time to adequately assess and treat depression or other mental health problems, and referrals to mental health providers are atypical. Although there are many constraints to primary care physicians being able to adequately...

Video Evidence of Falls in LTC: Loss of Balance, Tripping Cause More Falls than Slipping

Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, and about half of older adults in long-term care (LTC) experience a fall in any given year. Attempts to reduce the number of falls are limited by a lack of observational evidence of how they occur; interviews or incident reports about actual falls depend on accurate recall, and laboratory-based simulations of falls (which usually...

2012 Seniors Housing & Care Journal: A Brief Intervention to Improve Psychological Fitness

A pilot study involving 96 members of a retirement community tested the efficacy of a brief intervention to improve psychological skills in order to improve older adults’ overall mental health. One month after the intervention, participants had significantly increased optimism and significantly decreased anxiety when compared to a control group. Source: Short JL. Psychological...

A Review of Screening Tools for Early Detection of Dementia

The early detection of dementia may have significant benefits, allowing individuals in the early stages of cognitive decline to make decisions for the future, or to begin therapies to manage memory decline. Because of this, there is a need for dementia screening tools that can be used by clinicians who work with older adults but who may not have training in neuropsychology or other...

Engaged as We Age

Engaged as We Age
Many of today’s older adults are re-inventing how they become or remain engaged with work, volunteer activities, education and other learning activities, and caregiving for family members and friends.  While the possibilities for positive aging are expanding, fundamental questions remain about how the new ways of engagement might affect the mental and physical health of older...

The Link Between Physical Health & Psychological Well-Being Among Recently Bereaved Spouses

The Link Between Physical Health & Psychological Well-Being Among Recently Bereaved Spouses
One of the most distressing of life events is experiencing the death of a spouse.  The health detriments associated with widowhood are well-documented. Surviving spouses commonly experience declines in both psychological well-being and physical health.  Very little research, however, has shown whether health at the time of widowhood or health-related changes that accompany widowhood...

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