Older people can improve their lifestyle and adopt healthier behaviors with the support of an online coach. This can help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. An international group of researchers, led by the Amsterdam University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and including the Clinical Research Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Neurology, at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), has reported these findings today in The Lancet Digital Health.
NIH-funded study calls for policy to manage pain-related frailty unique to older Mexican Americans. Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that older Mexican Americans who suffer from pain were 1.7 times likelier to become frail, compared to study participants who did not report pain. The study, published in The Journal of Pain by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, looked at pain as a predictor of frailty in older Mexican American adults in a follow-up period of 18 years. All participants were non-frail at the start of the study.
Almost Half of Older Americans Fear Dementia, Try Untested Ways to Fight It | U.S. News & World Report
Many Americans believe they are likely to develop dementia — and they often turn to unproven ways to try to better their odds, a new study suggests. In a survey, researchers found that almost half of Americans in their 50s and 60s believed they were at least “somewhat likely” to develop dementia. Yet few — 5% — said they had talked to their doctor about ways to lower their risk.
Retirement in America is growing less secure, physically and financially, given the omnipresent threat and cost of serious illness or disease. Why it matters: Qualifying for Medicare does not guarantee that older adults will skirt potentially ruinous medical bills. Millions of seniors have also come to rely on the taxpayer-funded program for lower income people — Medicaid — and there’s no indication that will slow down. “I can’t tell you how many times people talk about how unaffordable the costs are, how it wipes away life savings in short order,” said Tricia Neuman, a Medicare policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Julián Castro’s Latest Plan Tackles Disability Rights: ‘There Are No Second-Class Citizens’ | The Huffington Post
“We believe that everyone has dignity and is worth investing in,” the Democratic presidential candidate told HuffPost.
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opened a new world for millions of people with disabilities by requiring businesses to make their physical locations accessible. Forward thinking business leaders are making sure their digital spaces are also accessible and are embracing the universal design that will help them tap into new consumer markets. But too many businesses—including pizza chain Domino’s—have made their websites (often unintentionally) inaccessible. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court signaled that all companies must so better, that physical accessibility and digital accessibility are two sides of the same coin.
While needing to ask for help in a businesslike way encourages disabled people to practically and proactively explain their needs, it also imposes a cumulative emotional cost. Even when these interactions go well, asking strangers in public settings for individual help takes a toll … and these interactions don’t always go well or comfortably.
Edwin Boudreaux remembers the first time he was left in charge of a patient as a graduate student training to be a psychologist. The patient had come in for routine diabetes treatment but it quickly became apparent she was suicidal. “She was so suicidal, I had to walk her from our clinic to the emergency department just to make sure nothing would happen in between,” Boudreaux said.
The Ruderman Family Foundation has awarded “Years and Years,” “General Hospital,” “Tales of the City,” “Raising Dion” and “Loudermilk” with its latest Seals of Authentic Representation for casting actors with disabilities.
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