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Love and intimacy in old age

Photo: Elderly man kissing his wife [30/01/2015] Older people are continuing to enjoy active sex lives well into their seventies and eighties, according to new research from The University of Manchester and NatCen Social Research.Love and intimacy in old age - Read more

New care model to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of frail older adults

Photo: Elderly woman and a physician [28/01/2015] A new study from Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute researcher-clinicians reports on the first year of the implementation of OPTIMISTIC, a program they developed and implemented to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing facility residents.New care model to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of frail older adults - Read more

Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors

Photo: Senior playing ball with a boy [23/01/2015] The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors - Read more

Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

Photo: Woman talks to elderly woman holding a hearing-aid [21/01/2015] Now, a University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices.Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices - Read more

Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers

Photo: Service robot gives a rose to a woman [16/01/2015] Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA have now developed a new service robot: the fourth generation of the "Care-O-Bot". While its predecessors from 1998 onwards were used primarily in the development of technological fundamentals, the Care-O-bot 4 is a modular product family providing the basis for commercial service robot solutions.Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers - Read more

Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

Photo: Elderly man using a smartphone [07/01/2015] Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older.Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes - Read more

Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

Photo: Elderly man using a laptop [15/12/2014] Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation - Read more

Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem

Photo: Nursing staff [10/12/2014] In a study among health care providers, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented barriers to better care of older adults as they are transferred from hospital to rehabilitation center to home, and too often back again.Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem - Read more

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Photo: Elderly woman with wheeled walker and a caregiver [21/11/2014] As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focussing on comorbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities.Sharpening state spending on seniors - Read more

Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually

Photo: Elderly woman gets help to get up from a chair [05/11/2014] The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually.Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually - Read more

 
 

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