This is not going to end well for any of us.
Although older people have long been accustomed to the fact that no substantial testing on older people is done prior to the FDA’s approval of a new drug, the offshoring of all pre-approval drug testing opens the door to a nightmare of ethical, safety and quality issues.
Vanity Fair has an expose on this issue — click here to read more.
|Growing Old Equals Growing Happy|
The Economist explains why, after middle age, people get happier as they age:
Statisticians plotting self-satisfaction call this phenomenon the happiness U-Bend, with the bottom of the U happening at age 46. Unfortunately, I’m still on the downward trajectory. Anyone on the upside care to comment about age-induced happiness?
|What is a long term care ombudsman?|
If you have a family member in a nursing home or long term care facility and you don’t know what a long term care ombudsman is, you should definitely check out this post at The Consumer Boomer.
|Person Centered Air Travel|
Here is a story that will seem like the most fantastic fiction to most Americans. A couple of weeks ago Caleb and I were in the city of Albany on the beautiful southwest corner of Australia. We were there to visit Hawthorn House, a truly exceptional example of person-centeredness in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. Click here to continue reading.
|Medical Mistakes: Honesty is the best policy|
McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports on a new study showing that putting a patient’s best interest before the interest’s of the doctor is the best policy for everyone. Not only does admitting medical mistakes not increase the likelihood of lawsuits, it actually leads to increased patient referrals.
|Power Up Friday: Telemonitoring – Does It Help?|
The explosion in technological know-how has created a new wave of efforts to keep patients “connected” from their homes to their doctors. Now machines exist that can transmit all kinds of information, from blood pressure and heart rate to blood sugar, weight, compliance with pill dosages, even how often the refrigerator is opened. But does knowing all this data actually help improve patient outcomes?
|Health Span Collapse|
This Daily Mail posted an article on aging and disability, excerpted below, that could have been improved by the use of the concept, “healthspan.”
We all understand “lifespan;” its the hyphen on our gravestones, its the time that separates birth and death.
Healthspan is the portion of our lifespan that we spending enjoying good health.
The Season of Light
I never noticed this trend when I was practicing in the hospital. Not sure what the cause might be either. Still, it is interesting:
A Twice Told Tale
I love the way that well known folktales and fables can be retold in a way that highlights age and the relationship between generations. The most common form of the “tomato garden” story reproduced below actually shows how a father teaches the value of diligence to his wastrel sons.
I found a different version of this story here.
Cult of Adulthood
During my years as a pre-medical student, medical student and resident physician I experienced countless sleepless nights. The good news is that the medical profession has cut back on the practice of sleep depriving trainees. The study summarized here evaluates the link between sleep deprivation and attractiveness. The bad news is, I guess, the not terribly surprising insight that sleep deprivation lowers a person’s level of attractiveness.
|The Doctor’s Best Friend|
Those of us who have been building the Eden Alternative for the past twenty years already knew how well this works. Glad to see the WSJ highlight the concept.
As I have noted the future of health care is going to be full of this kind of clever use of existing knowledge and wisdom.
Consumer Reports Goes After Nursing Homes For Antipsychotic Drug Misuse
Via McKnight’s Long Term Care News, this report should come as no surprise to ChangingAging readers: