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Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Osteoporosis drugs not taken by many who need them: reports

Fear and a lack of awareness in many older adults that they have the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis has led to a growing public health concern by leading medical organizations.

In a joint statement, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, National Osteoporosis Foundation and National Bone Health Alliance, announced their concerns.

A new approach to dementia care

Dementia patients who punch and kick other nursing home residents and staff often are prescribed powerful medications to control their behaviors, but those drugs come with dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects.

Now, a new study from Boston researchers suggests one way that can significantly reduce use of those potent sedatives: by linking nursing home staff with specialists in dementia care, via video consultations.

The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoir Walden, in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint Thomas Aquinas preached that simplicity brings one closer to God. Isaac Newton believed it leads to truth. The process of simplification, we’re told, can illuminate beauty, strip away needless clutter and stress, and help us focus on what really matters.

It can also be a sign of aging. Youthful health and vigor depend, in many ways, on complexity.

The perils of delirium

The Washington Post 

Federal health authorities, who are seeking ways to reduce hospital-acquired complications, are pondering what actions to take to reduce the incidence of delirium, which is not among the complications for which Medicare withholds payment or for which it penalizes hospitals. Delirium is estimated to cost more than $143 billion annually, mostly in longer hospital stays and follow-up care in nursing homes. Sharon Inouye, professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is quoted.

Call for applications: 2015 Delirium Boot Camp, Pilot Research Grants, and Best Delirium Paper Awards

The Center of Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training, and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE) is pleased to announce the third annual Delirium Boot Camp.  This highly-rated, two-day, intensive course in delirium research is scheduled for November 12-13, 2015 at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Boot Camp attendees will learn about important topics in delirium research from assessment and methodology to novel technologies and interventions, as well as network with colleagues and experts in delirium

The Watchman Saga — Closure at Last?

NEJM - Atrial fibrillation is a critical public health issue, and its clinical burden and related costs will only grow as the aging of the U.S. population increases its prevalence and the risk of resulting stroke and systemic embolism. Several investigators have tried to prevent complications of atrial fibrillation using medical devices designed to prevent embolization of clots formed in the left atrial appendage. Although such devices have been available for nearly a decade in Europe, they are not yet approved in the United States.

Delirious: Study Finds Simple, Humane Fixes for Aged, Disoriented Patients

BOSTON - The patient was an older man, living at a nursing facility. He’d originally been admitted to the hospital for surgery to treat a urinary tract infection. But now, lying in his bed at the hospital after the operation, he was convinced that two people were standing outside his room and planning to blow it up.

Preventive Strategies Protect Against Delirium

Delirium – the sudden onset of confusion frequently seen in older patients – can increase a person’s risk of falls, lead to prolonged hospital stays and may contribute to over $164 billion in healthcare costs.

The HAC No One Wants to Talk About

Program to prevent delirium in ICU patients will soon be implemented in 60 hospitals.

What serious hospital-acquired condition affects 25% of patients over age 70 and up to 82% of patients in the ICU?

Subsensory Vibratory Stimulation Improves Balance

Subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of older adults' feet can improve key indicators of balance, potentially reducing fall risk.

Falls create a substantial concern among elderly patients, with, in each year, one in three older adults experiencing a fall.  New research, however, indicates that subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot can improve key indicators of balance, which holds promise for reducing falls among older adults. 

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