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November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

“Aging in place” efforts are expanding
A study by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reports on the growing movement to keep senior citizens in their homes – also known as “aging in place.” According to the report, more than 70% of local service providers help seniors “find alternatives to nursing homes or other institutional care.”

Will Medicare pay for end-of-life counseling?
Recently, Medicare stated that it will “consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care.” The counseling, which has wide support in the medical community, would help make individuals have a better understand of their options for end-of-life care. Counseling would be voluntary.

A rise in falls among seniors
There has been a sharp increase in the number of American seniors who suffer serious injuries from falls. In 2012, more than 2.4 million  individuals over age 65 went to emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Why? Experts say that some seniors have “an exaggerated sense of what they can still do.” Medications that can cause dizziness may also play a role.

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