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"Blueprint for Success" - new age-friendly infographic from Community AGEnda

posted Tue, Aug 26, 2014

How does a community tackle the potentially daunting job of becoming more age-friendly – a great place to grow up and grow old? Each community is different and needs to tailor its efforts to its needs and its strengths. A new Community AGEnda resource can help – a new infographic offering would-be age-friendly communities a “Blueprint for Success.” Please feel free to post this on your website, include it in your newsletters, and share it on social media.

Community AGEnda grantee publishes in Kansas Government Journal

posted Tue, Aug 26, 2014   by Kansas Government Journal

A new article, co-authored by Cathy Boyer-Shesol, project manager of KC Communities for All Ages and the Mid-America Regional Council, explains how communities can become more age-friendly to meet the needs and seize the opportunities of an aging population.

Streamlined Medicare Coverage For Colorectal Cancer Test

posted Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Medicare beneficiaries may get speedier coverage for a newly approved screening test for colorectal cancer under a pilot project in which two federal agencies reviewed the product at the same time instead of one after the other. The Cologuard test was approved by the Food and Drug Administration this week. The same day, the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services issued a proposal to cover the test once every three years in asymptomatic people over age 50. These actions could trim up to six months off the time it takes to offer Medicare coverage for a medical device.

Laughter is good medicine for healthy aging

posted Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Laughter is a valuable tool in healthy aging. Renowned geriatrician Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University in North Carolina, offers his tips for aging well, "Longevity has a strong genetic component, but how healthy you are as you age is largely up to you". Numerous studies have shown that laughter can reduce stress, improve your immune system, even relieve pain. "Laughter clubs" are popping up around the globe. Participants, many of them with chronic illnesses, gather together to laugh and do breathing exercises. "Laughter is a way of coping and dealing with difficult situations. It has real benefits on a clinical level," Cohen says.

Malnourished seniors slip through healthcare system's cracks

posted Thu, Aug 14, 2014   by Modern Healthcare

A new study finds that despite having malnutrition symptoms, three-quarters of patients age 65 and older who visited emergency departments in the University of North Carolina hospital system had not been diagnosed before their visit. The study found 16% of the patients were malnourished and 60% were either malnourished or at risk for the problem. Malnutrition was highest among patients with symptoms of depression, those residing in assisted-living facilities and those who have challenges getting groceries.

Aging in place becoming the new norm

posted Wed, Aug 13, 2014   by Dallas News

Baby boomers are fiercely determined to age better than previous generations. Increasingly, they reject traditional views of what it means to grow old. They embrace “active aging,” demand control over their own health care, and strongly prefer to live out their lives at home. Across the country, the population older than 65 will grow to 72 million by 2030-more than double that of 2000. As life expectancy grows, and expectations about aging, we all need to prepare for an unprecedented demand for medical care, transportation and social services.

The $10 billion search for healthcare's next big ideas

posted Wed, Aug 13, 2014   by Kaiser Health News

One aspect of the Affordable Care Act was the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The center is launching experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse. The center’s ten-year, $10 billion budget is the largest ever devoted to transforming care. In several states the office is working to overhaul medicine for nearly all residents-not just those with government Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Each chronic condition further reduces life expectancy

posted Thu, Aug 7, 2014   by Physicians's Briefing

Each additional chronic condition among older people diminishes life expectancy, according to a study published in the August issue of Medical Care. Eva H. DuGoff, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues analyzed data from 1,372,272 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 67 and older as of Jan. 1, 2008. Selected chronic conditions of interest were heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. The researchers found that life expectancy decreased with each additional chronic condition. Each additional chronic condition yielded an average marginal decline in life expectancy of 1.8 years (ranging from 0.4 fewer years with the first condition to 2.6 fewer years with the sixth condition).

Living with Alzheimer's with the help of art

posted Thu, Aug 7, 2014   by Philadelphia Inquirer

The former associate education director at the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, in Montgomery County, has started an organization whose goal is to serve, through arts and culture, people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The year-old ARTZ Philadelphia is a branch of ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, a national organization based in Boston that creates arts programming for people with the diagnosis and incorporates the participation of caregivers. ARTZ Philadelphia is offering tours, arts activities, training, and research. Studies on art therapy and its effects on patients with dementia indicate that patients experience a sense of well-being and seem more engaged when they are participating.

Age-friendly Oregon is only US city on "most livable" list: NYTimes

posted Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Copenhagen topped the list, for its pedestrian-friendly policies and human-scale development.

Next City to Seniors: How Can Your City Change to Accommodate Older Residents?

posted Fri, Aug 1, 2014

Next City blog writer Edward McClelland explores how to design the perfect city for getting older. It’s a timely question — by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. will be senior citizens, compared to 13 percent today. McClelland talks to urban planners, architects and, of course, seniors in Philadelphia about how communities can adapt to meet the needs of graying residents.


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