Geriatric patients make up a significant percentage of ED admissions, yet EDs aren't equipped with the personnel or resources to appropriately treat them, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.
As a geriatric physician, I've witnessed firsthand the challenges that arise when older patients and their families must juggle multiple chronic conditions.
Nearly 9 out of 10 caregivers for older Americans are unpaid, and those individuals work longer hours and receive less government support than their paid counterparts, according to a new study.
"Just Us at the National Gallery of Art" is a biweekly guided tour that leads people with memory loss and their caregivers through an intensive meditation on a few paintings in the gallery in Washington, D.C.
Like death and taxes, bodily aging is one of life's certainties-but cognitive aging might not be. The mental deterioration most people associate with aging is linked to the widespread thinning of the brain's outermost layer, the cortex.
“Reading books is helping you keep your brain sharp, which is helping you live longer,” explained Avni Bavishi, a master's degree candidate at Yale University's School of Public Health who led the study published recently in Social Science and Medicine.
Despite a growing body of research that shows staying in bed can be harmful to seniors, many hospitals still don't put a high priority on making them walk. But at UAB Hospital-Highland's 26-bed geriatric unit, patients are encouraged to start moving as soon as they arrive.
A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.
New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.
Even as the White House touts the Affordable Care Act's successful coverage of nearly 20 million people, residents across the country are struggling to access and afford healthcare and social service programs.
Helping families cope with end-of-life care decisions can trigger tremendous stress in young physicians.Training them in how to deliver those difficult messages can help healthcare systems eliminate interventions that reduce quality of life and needlessly run up costs.
Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest senior and assisted-living company, ended the final months of the year with flat revenue and a drop in occupancy as the company struggled to digest its $2.8 billion acquisition of Emeritus Corp.