Frailty is a condition associated with aging that boosts risks of poor health, falls, disability and death. Signs of frailty include weakness, weight loss, slow walking speed, exhaustion and low activity levels.
PACE Program Reduces Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries’ Risks of Hospitalizations, Re-hospitalizations, and Avoidable Hospitalizations
Over nine million Americans are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Known as “dual-eligibles,” many of these adults are frail and have complex and expensive health problems.
Physical Activity May Prevent or Slow Cognitive Decline Study Finds Greatest Benefit for Women Who Were Active as Teenagers Women Who Become Active Later in Life Also Benefit
Since more and more people are expected to experience dementia in the future, due to increased longevity and other factors, researchers are actively seeking ways to prevent or at least delay mental decline.
Many studies have found that people who were physically or sexually abused during childhood are more likely to have physical and mental health problems, such as heart disease and depression, as adults.
Physicians Consider Patient Preferences -- and Other Issues-- When Making Care Decisions for Patients Unable to Do So Themselves
Sometimes hospitalized patients are unable to make decisions about their medical care. They may be unable to do so because they are seriously ill, have dementia, or are taking medications that interfere with decision-making, for example.
POLST Program Enables Patients to Document Wishes for Life-Sustaining Treatment New study Links Program to Lower Rates of Unwanted Hospitalization
Nursing home patients who participate in a program that enables them to record their wishes for life-sustaining treatment are far less likely to receive unwanted hospitalization and medical interventions than are other patients, say the researchers of a new multi-state study.