Life and Death in Assisted Living: “Close the Back Door” – FRONTLINE

Life and Death in Assisted Living: “Close the Back Door” FRONTLINE A wound care expert said the ulcer was teeming with “numerous” strains of bacteria, a sign the person had “probably gone a couple of months” without treatment, according to a state…

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Life & Death in Assisted Living: The Emerald City – Life and Death in Assisted Living – FRONTLINE

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Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her physician had tallied the damage: Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain from a compression fracture of the spine. It was clear that she could no longer live at home.

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Biological Biomarkers of Aging

Recently researchers have identified some particularly good indicators of time’s largely hidden toll on our bodies and how fast it’s increasing. Developing an “easy way to measure biological age will have a wide array of applications in prediction and prevention of age-related diseases, drug discovery and forensics,” said Dr. Kang Zhang, founding director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

The quest for truly revealing biomarkers of aging could tell us a lot about our current and future health. Tracking these indexes before and after starting a new diet or exercise program, for instance, might show you whether it was actually pushing off your decline and fall. Aging-rate tests could help scientists evaluate possible anti-aging compounds in humans without prohibitively long studies.

Experts on aging generally agree that acceptable biomarkers of aging should foretell the remaining life span of a middle-aged person more accurately than chronological age does. Further, they should offer a consistent picture of biological age, said Dr. Richard A. Miller, a gerontologist at the University of Michigan: “Do those 50-year-olds with the best retention of immune function also tend to have the least cataracts, good sense of smell, least osteoporosis, lowest blood pressure and best memory?”

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ICU PTSD

ICU Hallucinations are Common

Annually, about five million patients stay in an intensive care unit in the United States. Studies show that up to 35 percent may have symptoms of PTSD for as long as two years after that experience, particularly if they had a prolonged stay due to a critical illness with severe infection or respiratory failure. Those persistent symptoms include intrusive thoughts, avoidant behaviors, mood swings, emotional numbness and reckless behavior.

 

 

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In the Doctor’s Office, a Neglected Resource

Patients with certain conditions receive better treatment if they see a nurse practitioner in addition to a doctor, according to a new study, but professional territoriality and mistrust have long prevented progress.

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Death Be Not Decaffeinated: Over Cup, Groups Face Taboo

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An informal group called Death Cafe meets monthly in New York to bat around philosophical thoughts on death and dying. It’s one of many such gatherings that have sprung up around the country.

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The Older Americans Act and US Seniors – BillMoyers.com

The Older Americans Act and US Seniors
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But if you attended Senator Bernie Sanders’s hearing on reducing senior poverty and hunger through the Older Americans Act (OAA) on Wednesday, you were in for a rude awakening.

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A Startling Reality: Your Aging Parent Runs Out of Money

When your aging parent outlives her money, you have decisions to make. Should you have her move in? Support her care? Learning about their limited choices is sobering for low income elders.

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America’s retirement crisis: Growing older and poorer

As more Baby Boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis.

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A Socioeconomic Critique of Ageing

If we want to change the way society treats elders, we need to shatter the lens of cost-benefit analysis that society uses to justify the exploitation of older adults.

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