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A Closer Look at Person- & Family-Centered Care

A recent article in Public Policy and Aging Report looks at the importance of person- and family-centered care (PFCC) when individuals and their families are facing decisions related to advanced illness and nearing the end of life. The PFCC approach looks beyond the medical and physical needs of an individual and recognizes that their needs, goals, preferences, cultural traditions,...

Promising Findings from Community-Based Health Program for Older Chinese Immigrants

Older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States have higher rates of chronic physical illness, and of comorbidity (the presence of two or more co-occurring conditions), than the general older adult population. Such health disparities may be influenced by many overlapping factors, such as linguistic and cultural barriers, a lack of community resources, and social...

Fear of Falling: Safety Concerns & Physical Activity

While hospitalization is often necessary, it can carry risks for older adults—around 30 percent of hospitalizations among older adults lead to a loss of ability to complete one of the activities of daily living (ADL, such as bathing or toileting independently). It appears that physical inactivity, which leads to atrophy and decline in muscle strength, may be one major cause of these...

Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Fall Prevention

An article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society summarizes the updated (2010) American Geriatrics Society/ British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons. The article provides a flowchart of falls prevention assessment and points out what has been updated since the 2001 guidelines. Changes are based on metanalyses,...

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.

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