Dually Noted from around the web

August 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

Community Catalyst calls for a “balanced evaluation” of duals demonstrations
A post on the Community Catalyst blog said that recent media criticism of dual-eligible demonstration projects like One Care should be balanced by stories reporting on “the impact of the demonstrations on the people they are aiming to help.” Stating that it is “far too soon to pronounce either failure or success” of the demonstrations, the blog says that, “given ample time to work,” the demonstrations can be successful.

A boost for community health centers
In time with National Community Health Center Week, the Obama administration announced that it will fund the opening of 266 new nonprofit community health centers. Using $169 million from the Affordable Care Act, these centers will be located in underserved areas across the country. The new facilities join the some 700 community health centers that have opened in recent years with funding from the ACA.

Moderate exercise promotes brain health in seniors
A recent study found that a “dose” of exercise can improve thinking skills in seniors, especially in “aspects of cognition that are known to decline with age.” The researchers found improvements in groups of seniors who exercised 75 minutes a week, 150 minutes a week, and 225 minutes a week. However, there was no significant difference between the groups, suggesting that even moderate exercise is enough to improve brain function.

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