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August 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week
Dementia cases on the rise
Alzheimer’s Disease International reports that there are now almost 47 million people worldwide living with dementia. The new number is up from 35 million in 2009. The organization states that the numbers are expected to double every 20 years – barring a “medical breakthrough.”
Alcoholism and seniors
Researchers from King’s College London studied the health records for some 28,000 people 65+ in a specific district of London and found that one in five of the seniors drank “unsafe” amounts of alcohol. According to the study, “Of the more than 9,200 people who reported consuming alcohol, nearly 2,000 were drinking at troublesome levels: more than 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week.” Excessive alcohol consumption in seniors can make problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and memory problems much worse.
Proposal could make it harder for Medicare recipients to receive artificial limbs
Medicare is eyeing a proposal that would place restrictions on receiving artificial limbs. According to the plan, “patients with fresh amputations would need to wait to get their first ‘definitive’ artificial leg until after rehabilitation therapy.” The proposal would also deny “technologically advanced prostheses” to Medicare recipients who use a walker or a cane.