Trends and statistics relating to U.S. seniors, elderly: Census Bureau 2014 report

As senior citizens make up an ever-greater proportion of the U.S. population, a range of economic and social shifts will unfold and change American society. For example, total health care spending will rise significantly: In 2010 those 65 and older spent about $18,424 per person on personal health care, “about three times more than the average working-age adult and about five times more than the average child,” according to a 2014 study in the journal Health Affairs.


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Private Equity Pursues Profits in Keeping the Elderly at Home

DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind.

Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, others whose hands tremble involuntarily — gather excitedly around the game tables. After bingo, there is more entertainment and activities: Yahtzee, tile-painting, beading.

But this is no linoleum-floored community center reeking of bleach. Instead, it’s one of eight vanguard centers owned by InnovAge, a company based in Denver with ambitious plans. With the support of private equity money, InnovAge aims to aggressively expand a little-known Medicare program that will pay to keep older and disabled Americans out of nursing homes.

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Why Luxury Senior Living is ‘Booming’

Currently, construction is booming in the seniors housing segment, and “luxury assisted living and independent living communities are leading the charge,” according to Marcus & Millichap’s recently released National Seniors Housing Research Report for the second half of 2016.

Developers’ focus on luxury senior housing is due in large part to the fact that millions of baby boomers are getting older every day—and they have a lot of money to spend, Myers explains.

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Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Medical Risks For Elderly Patients

NEW YORK – The Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room looks and sounds like hundreds of others across the country: Doctors rush through packed hallways; machines beep incessantly; paramedics wheel stretchers in as patients moan in pain.

“It’s like a war zone,” said physician assistant Emmy Cassagnol. “When it gets packed, it’s overwhelming. Our sickest patients are often our geriatric patients, and they get lost in the shuffle.”

But just on the other side of the wall is another, smaller emergency room designed specifically for those elderly patients.

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Elderly population rising, prone to neurological diseases: Experts

Aurangabad: In Marathwada, around 20% of the people between the age group of 50 and 80 years suffer from one or more neurological diseases, including stroke, dementia and Parkinson's, experts said at a patient education programme organised to mark the World Brain Day on Thursday..

As per the World Federation of Neurology report, the global share of older population (aged 60 and above) is more than 800 million (12% of the population) and is expected to reach above two billion (21% of the population) by 2050. .

"Disability due to neurological diseases is high and growing. However, prompt action and early treatment can minimise the damage," experts pointed out.

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Hospital developments improving the care of elderly patients in Boston

Elderly patients being cared for at a Lincolnshire hospital are benefitting from improved services, staffing and care.

The elderly care team at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston has been transformed over the last year and a half, with new consultants bringing in expertise and innovation that has resulted in a reduction in length of stay for patients and a new service.

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:08 | Permalink

Simple Tips To Reduce Fall Risks In Older Adults

Fall related injuries are quite common, but in the case of seniors they can be extremely dangerous. As bones become weaker with time, seniors are at more danger of breaking them with falls and the recuperating process could also be quite long. Due to the fatal nature of such falls, it becomes imperative that you take appropriate steps to safeguard your loved one from such injuries. Comfort Keepers through its reliable in-home senior care services in Montclair, Millburn, and others areas of Essex County is continuously working with family caregivers for providing safe environment for clients. 

Some of the tips that can help in reducing the fall related injuries in seniors are discussed below.

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:08 | Permalink

Aging women find healthy diets may help with mobility

In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.

"Little research has been done on how diet impacts physical function later in life. We study the connection between diet and many other aspects of health, but we don't know much about diet and mobility, " says Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH.

"We wanted to look at diet patterns and try to learn how our overall diet impacts our physicial function as we get older. "

Researchers examined the association between the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, a measure of diet quality, with reports of impairment in physical function among 54,762 women involved in the Nurses' Health Study.

Physical function was measured by a commonly used standard instrument every four years from 1992 to 2008 and diet was measured by food frequency questionnaires, which were administered approximately every four years beginning in 1980.

The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy.

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Virtual Reality Starts Expanding Horizons in Assisted Living

Unfortunately, some seniors living in assisted living communities will never be able to complete all of the travel items on their bucket lists.

That’s where Rendever Health, a startup helmed by two graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, comes in.

Rendever is developing virtual reality software for Samsung Gear VR headsets that is meant to be used in assisted living communities, co-founders Reed Hayes and Dennis Lally tell Senior Housing News.

With their technology, assisted living residents can once again walk down the street where they grew up, finally stand underneath the Eiffel Tower, or even skydive from a plane thousands of feet in the air—all without leaving their chair, much less their assisted living community.

So far, Rendever’s virtual reality programming has been used in a couple of facilities around the country, Lally says—and it has received a warm reception.

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Ideas for serving your aging community

In my last posting (What’s all this about Livability and Age-friendliness, May 2016) I talked about the broad ideas of what livability and age-friendliness mean. I described the World Health Organization’s (WHO) and AARP’s recognition that throughout the world we are getting older. WHO states that “the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050 (WHO).” This age distribution will never reverse to a point where there will be greater numbers of younger people as compared to older people. We are headed into a permanent state of agedness. The question then becomes – how to plan for this in a thoughtful way.

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