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NY Times: A Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward Hospice Care

posted Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Federal statistics show that nearly half of white Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in hospice before death, compared with only a third of black patients. The racial divide is even more pronounced when it comes to advance care directives — legal documents meant to help families make life-or-death decisions that reflect a patient’s choices. Some 40 percent of whites aged 70 and over have such plans, compared with only 16 percent of blacks.

Community AGEnda grantee Age-friendly Miami-Dade: Focus on aging

posted Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Overall, Miami-Dade County scored only a 48 out of 100 on AARP’s newly released “Livability Index,” a tool that measures and compares the quality of life for older adults in cities across the nation, the Miami Herald reports. The bad news is that we have work to do; the good news is that we have a way to do that. The Miami Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is a collaboration between community partners such as the Health Foundation of South Florida, AARP Florida, United Way of Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade County, Urban Health Partnerships and the Alliance for Aging. We are working together to identify and implement specific actions and strategies that can make our community more welcoming and accessible to older adults.

Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry named president of Endowment for Health

posted Mon, Aug 24, 2015

The Endowment for Health Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH, MSUP, as the Concord, NH foundation's next president, effective September 15.

Effects of illness-related stress increase with age

posted Wed, Aug 19, 2015   by Health 24

A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm finds that stress increases with age for those in poor health. Adults aged 66 to 97 were included in the research and revealed that high stress was most commonly found in the eldest participants. To understand the connection between stress and ageing, the Institute focused on older adults without dementia or cognitive decline who were living either in the community or in nursing homes or other institutional facilities.

Dementia patients & their caregivers prefer support over research

posted Mon, Aug 17, 2015   by Medical News Today

A recent survey regarding the way funds from the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) should be spent found that the majority of respondents ranked caregiving support ahead of research for a cure. The findings sharply contrast current NAPA spending on support to Alzheimer person. With more than 5 million people in the U.S. living with dementia, support dollars equal less than $2 per patient. The survey was part of a study led by University of Buffalo researcher Davina Porock.

Why so few age-friendly communities in the U.S.? Next Avenue investigates

posted Wed, Aug 12, 2015   by Next Avenue

A relative few communities across the U.S. have age-friendly initiatives already underway, but these efforts are still untouched by many towns and cities across our nation. Next Avenue investigates what may be holding these communities back, from political leadership to budgets and even local interests. Grantmakers In Aging's own Community AGEnda program, along with AARP and the World Health Organization's networks of age-friendly communities, are featured.

 

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