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December 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

Millennials make up about 25% of caregivers
Although caregiving is usually associated with older adults, the AARP Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving report that some 25% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 are involved in the care of older adults. In all, there are about 40 million caregivers in the US. Most are women, and the median age is 49.

Diabetes numbers are dropping
New cases of diabetes have declined for five consecutive years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes dropped from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million last year. While this is a promising trend, “the number of new cases each year is still triple what it was in 1980. And 29 million people, 9 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes.”

Malnutrition and the elderly
study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society states that 6 percent of seniors who live at home in the US and other developed countries face malnutrition. The same study finds that 14 percent of nursing home residents are malnourished. Malnutrition can lead to serious health problems for seniors: illness, frailty, infection, more frequent hospital visits, longer hospital stays, and longer recovery times after surgery.

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