Feeling tired or weak? Don’t assume it’s just aging

When Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain.

“I’m tired. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m just getting old.”

This fatalistic stance relies on mistaken ideas about aging.

In fact, fatigue, weakness and depression aren’t expected consequences of growing older, said Callahan, director of the Center for Aging Research at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.


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Construction, occupational therapy marry need, product

Angela Balcom submitted this story about the changing needs of aging baby boomers summarizing the meeting of construction and occupational therapy.

A construction worker walks up to the counter to buy supplies for a standard-sized door frame.  Another construction worker is standing with a list of supplies needed for a doorway that a wheelchair will fit through. 

The first guy asks the second guy “Why are you buying so many supplies?”

He tells him that, after receiving a request from an occupational therapy practitioner, he has to modify the doorframe so the person in a wheelchair is able to get into his/her own home. 


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How to keep Mom and Dad's cars safe for winter driving

As people age, getting to the car and getting in and out of the car can become more difficult. During the winter months, it is especially important to make sure older loved ones have a safe path to the car and once they get to the car, they are traveling safely on the roadways.


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Senior Advocates Pushing for More PACE Slots in 2017

North Carolina’s PACE programs serving vulnerable seniors have been prevented from expanding by a the state for several years

It’s tough to put in place all the resources to help seniors stay at home as they age, but Kim Schwartz, head of the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, felt like she had an answer for many of the folks who live in rural Hertford County, where she works. She wanted to create a PACE program.


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Silver Linings: Remote rehab -- Telehealth helps seniors recover in rural areas

He ended up at a New York City hospital and then sent home. The next day he was back at the emergency room with limited feeling in his legs and with no real answers as to why. A month later, the 86-year-old is rock climbing, playing soccer, and skiing - all without leaving the rehabilitation center where he is recovering.Brown is part of a program at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan's Upper West Side using a videogame console-like system outfitted with a Microsoft Kinect camera that monitors 25 points on his body. It tracks his movements and relays the data back to his health care team who can remotely watch his progress and adjust his program as necessary. "I love it because it's interactive. It's like a game, but it's helping me get well," Brown said.


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How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

As America’s population ages, more families will be faced with rising health care needs. As we reported in November, nearly 79 percent of adults who need long-term care live at home or in community settings, not in an institution. And in January, Medicare started paying primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don’t have a face-to-face exam. The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.


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How to create a safe ‘Aging-in-Place’ home

My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas?


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The Future of Aging

Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future. You’re in your late 40s, and it’s time for a special doctor’s visit. The physician reviews your lifestyle, sleep habits and health history and orders some blood work to compare certain biomarkers with baseline measures taken when you were in your 20s. Then she gives you a personalized prescription for change that includes a diet that mimics the effects of fasting and a drug that helps your cells clear out malfunctioning proteins. The goal? To make you age more slowly and lengthen your “healthspan.”


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Superaging: why some 80 year olds have the memory capacity of 20 year olds

If you're unfamiliar with the term "superaging," you are likely to begin hearing more about it in the coming years as scientists and researchers delve into the phenomenon.

For most of us, living our twilight years will be characterized by gray hair, wrinkles, and declining memories, the latter even if dementia or Alzheimer's disease don't bring it on faster. However, researchers have discovered there are a select few aged individuals whose memories appear to remain as solid and reliable as people decades younger, Bennett A. McIntosh writes on Medium. Scientists are calling them superagers.


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Homeowners Get Ready to ‘Age in Place’

Baby boomers spend on improvements that will allow them to stay in their houses longer

Bill and Betsy Owens recall the growing concerns they had about their house—built in 1876—in Powell, Ohio. They loved the 12-foot ceilings, the circular stairway and the formal parlor. But when the couple thought about the future, the home’s steep steps and narrow doorways meant “it wasn’t very livable,” says Mr. Owens, age 57.

So, three years ago, the Owens built an addition. Now there are no steps from the driveway into their new kitchen and great room. A control pad with smart technology turns lights on and off, and three-foot-wide doorways offer easy access for a grandchild in a stroller or, if the Owens should need it, a walker or wheelchair.


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