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Coordination of care for dual eligibles

posted Fri, Jun 15, 2012   by Health Affairs Blog

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines efforts to better manage and coordinate care of more than nine million Americans covered by both Medicare and Medicaid, also known as dual eligibles.

Stroke: The Overlooked Killer

posted Thu, Jun 14, 2012   by The Huffington Post

The nickname for stroke is "brain attack." By interrupting the flow of blood to the brain, either by a blockage (usually a blood clot) or, more rarely, by a hemorrhage (usually a burst blood vessel), stroke destroys brains, paralyzes bodies, and silences voices. Stroke too often gets away with murder, in part because of ignorance. Stroke can attack anyone at any age, but if you are an older adult, your risk is highest and gets higher as you age, while recovery gets harder and slower. So let's fight back with a few important facts about identifying stroke, treating it, and, most important, preventing it.

Four foundations support interprofessional health education

posted Fri, Jun 8, 2012   by Philanthropy News Digest

The Gordon and Betty Moore, Josiah Macy Jr., Robert Wood Johnson, and John A. Hartford foundations have committed a total of $8.6 million to support and help guide the creation of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

Funding to help older adults better access resources

posted Fri, Jun 8, 2012   by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $25 million in funding to help states strengthen their ability to help seniors and people with disabilities access home and community-based long-term services and supports. Funding will support Aging and Disability Resource Centers in nearly every state. Meanwhile, a new Mathematica Research report shows that the Money Follows the Person Program is 36% below its state target for moving low-income elderly and disabled people from long-term care facilities into the community.

Optimism, laughter may bring long life

posted Tue, Jun 5, 2012   by HealthDay

If you want to live a long life, accent the positive and keep laughing, say researchers who have found that centenarians are often extroverts who embrace the world from an optimistic and carefree perspective. The findings stem from the Longevity Genes Project, launched by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. All the participants in the latest study were over the age of 95, and all were of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent. "We really were not sure what got them to their advanced age," admitted study co-author Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of Einstein's Institute for Aging Research and chair of its division of Aging Research. "Was it their personality, or something more in their genetics?"

 

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