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Tufts Health Plan Fdtn announces $1.5m in age-friendly grants

posted Wed, Dec 23, 2015   by Tufts Health Plan Foundation website

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process. The investments represent collaborative work among more than 200 organizations.

Assisted-Death Laws Accentuate Need for Palliative Care, Doctors Say

posted Tue, Dec 8, 2015   by KQED

In October, California became the fifth — and largest — state to allow physicians to prescribe lethal medications to certain patients who ask for it. The law takes effect in 2016, Kaiser Health News reports. It’s not just a question of whether they support aid-in-dying or personally would ever help end a life. Palliative care doctors say the law underscores the need to raise awareness among doctors and patients about what they do and to expand access to high-quality programs.

Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly

posted Tue, Dec 8, 2015   by The Washington Post

Good dental hygiene is important to overall health, and chronic illnesses and medications can worsen oral health, the Washington Post reports. Yet providing dental care to seniors is fraught with challenges. According to the American Dental Association, a fifth of people age 75 and older haven’t seen a dentist in the past five years. Many older patients are resistant because of fear or years of neglect — or they have impaired cognitive skills and don’t understand the need. Others are not mobile enough to get to a dental office.


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