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Sequestration will take big bite from medical research funding

posted Fri, Mar 22, 2013   by LA Times

The NIH, the world's largest supporter of biomedical research, will lose $1.6 billion of its $30-billion budget through the sequester. Research into cancer, Alzheimer's disease and influenza may lose crucial funding even as scientists say they are on the cusp of medical breakthroughs. Deep federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, could lead to diminished funding for medical and scientific research, making some scientists question whether they should stay in the United States. If the cuts continue, scientists said, the United States could see promising graduate students going to countries investing heavily in scientific research. "I worry deeply that we are putting an entire generation of scientists at risk by the very significant difficulty they see in obtaining support," Francis Collins, Director of the NIH said.

Poll: Aging a challenge for many but harder for women

posted Wed, Mar 20, 2013   by Reuters

Aging is a concern for many Americans, particularly its impact on health, but men seem to have an easier time dealing with the hallmarks of passing years than women, according to a new survey from Reuters. The national poll of 2,000 U.S. adults found that nearly 90 percent of people think women are under more pressure to look younger than men are. Men are also considered old about five years later than women, and sexier at an older age. Forty-two percent of women aged 50-59 years old said they felt they needed to look young to be successful at work, nearly double the number of men, but overall men and women thought that gender played a larger role in workplace discrimination than age.

Early Findings from Weinberg Fdtn's Caregiver Initiative

posted Wed, Mar 20, 2013   by http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/

Knowing that as much as 80-percent of all long-term care for chronically ill and disabled older adults is delivered by family and friends, the Weinberg Foundation launched the Caregiver Initiative in 2009. The program involved 14 organizations in nine states with total funding of nearly $15 million over its three-year span. Analyses of Caregiver Initiative data already have shown significant decreases in caregiver stress and depression. But perhaps the most dramatic result of the Caregiver Initiative is the dollar savings — for both the individual caregivers and the community-at-large – in the form of delayed nursing home placement. Applying even the most conservative nursing home costs, it is estimated that the Weinberg Caregiver Initiative resulted in a savings of approximately $38 million in either out-of-pocket expense for the care recipient/family or government reimbursement.

NYT: For Modern Retirees, No Place Like Home

posted Wed, Mar 13, 2013   by New York Times

INFLUENCED by long-term trends in housing design, communications technology, medical care and the expectations of the largest retiree generation in United States history, the outlines of the next era of American retirement are gaining clarity across the country. “We’re seeing the development of housing networks and social networks and service networks that provide the activities and support for many more people to lead the lives they want in their homes,” said Paul B. Kusserow, senior vice president and chief strategy and corporate development officer for Humana, the large Medicare insurance provider. Recognizing the strength of that trend, which is developing in an era of rising energy costs and static incomes, cities are building new neighborhood infrastructure — transit lines, public markets, parks and denser housing — that is accessible without driving.

NPR: Older and Homeless

posted Wed, Mar 13, 2013   by NPR.com

If aging is not for sissies, that's especially true if you're homeless. You can be on your feet for hours, forced to sleep in the frigid cold, or seriously ill with no place to go. But increasingly, the nation's homeless population is getting older. By some estimates, more than half of single homeless adults are 47 or older. And there's growing alarm about what this means — both for the aging homeless and for those who have to foot the bill. The cost to society, especially for health care and social services, could mushroom. As in many cities across the country, there are plenty of homeless people in Baltimore — about 4,000 by the latest count.

Seniors tackle social networks; health benefits possible

posted Mon, Mar 11, 2013   by CNBC.com

Call them the silver foxes of Facebook: seniors are using social media sites in growing numbers. One third of Internet used age t5 and older are using social networking sites, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Using social media may do more for seniors than just help them find jobs and connect with society. Research suggests social media may actually benefit seniors' health.

Creating community as we age: Huffington Post

posted Thu, Mar 7, 2013   by Huffington Post

In a piece exploring various age-friendlty community options, including The Villages and GIA's Community AGEnda, Claudia Jacobs of the Silberman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis writes, "Most baby boomers will live longer, healthier lives regardless of income. Given this trend, will the built environment contribute or take away from our ability to remain in our communities? Will there be opportunities not only to "age-in-place" but to actually "age in community?" Or are the more affluent headed off to assisted living facilities which are unaffordable for many leaving most elders behind?"

Robert Wood Johnson initiative reducing readmissions: report

posted Thu, Mar 7, 2013   by Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control

A report in Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative titled "Reform in Action: How the US Healthcare System Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions" looks at the high number of elderly patients who return to the hospital within 30 and 90 days of discharge. Read the full report at http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2013/rwjf404499.

An English perspective on building age-friendly communities

posted Tue, Mar 5, 2013

This guide, from the UK Urban Ageing Consortium, is produced by the Beth Johnson Foundation and Manchester City Council on behalf of the Local Government Association‘s Ageing Well programme. With support from Keele University, sets out what makes an age-friendly community and helps councils and their partners determine how to make their areas good places for people to grow old.


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