Elderly Persons

  • Journal Article

    Clinician Advice to Quit Smoking Among Seniors

    Little smoking research in the past 20 years includes persons 50 and older; herein we describe patterns of clinician cessation advice to US seniors, including variation by Medicare beneficiary characteristics.

    Dec 15, 2014

  • Susan Dentzer, Leonard Schaeffer, Sue Siegel, David Goldhill, and Bob Kocher at RAND's Politics Aside 2014


    Innovations in Health Care: New Treatments, Changing Systems

    From the Affordable Care Act and new advances in medical technology to the impact of the aging population, panelists at RAND's Politics Aside discussed a wide-range of topics affecting America's health care system today and into the future.

    Nov 18, 2014

  • News Release

    Cost of Informal Caregiving for U.S. Elderly Is $522 Billion Annually

    The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the U.S. comes to $522 billion a year. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually.

    Oct 27, 2014

  • Multimedia

    Cognitive Aging, Neuropathology, and Resilience

    Session from the 21st Annual RAND Summer Institute, held July 7-11, 2014, in Santa Monica, CA, addressing critical issues facing our aging population.

    Sep 8, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Trends in Functional and Activity Limitations Among Chinese Oldest-Old, 1998 to 2008

    China has the world's largest oldest-old population, but information on trends in late-life disability is lacking.

    Sep 1, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Getting Older Isn't All That Bad: Better Decisions and Coping When Facing "Sunk Costs"

    We find that older adults are better than younger adults at making decisions to discontinue such failing commitments especially when irrecoverable losses are large, as well as at coping with the associated irrecoverable losses.

    Sep 1, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Acceptance and Use of Health Information Technology by Community-Dwelling Elders

    The authors sought to explore the use and acceptance of information technology for health among the elderly by reviewing the existing literature.

    Sep 1, 2014

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    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014

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    Response to 'Study on Parental Longevity Is Short on Causation'

    The possible effects of families on health and mortality is an extremely complex topic. No single study or type of study is exactly a test of the argument. We need more studies that advance possible interpretations and describe patterns of associations in broad populations of interest.

    Aug 11, 2014

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    Journal Article

    Do College-Educated Children Lengthen Parents' Lifespan?

    Initial findings suggest highly educated children contribute to the parents' longevity. Encouraging better parental health habits, providing access to resources and information, and delivering higher-quality care are some possible explanations for this correlation.

    Aug 1, 2014

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    Research Brief

    More Americans May Be Ready for Retirement Than You Think

    Because people consume less in their golden years, the conventional wisdom that most Americans are financially unprepared for retirement doesn't hold up. Evidence suggests that about 71 percent of older Americans are adequately prepared for retirement.

    Jul 31, 2014

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    Demographics Add Urgency for Action on Dementia Long-Term Care

    Dementia takes a huge toll on those afflicted with it but also has major consequences for those who must care for them. More than 15 million Americans provide care for loved ones with dementia—tending to their daily, routine needs and ensuring their medical needs are met.

    Jul 28, 2014

  • Man in wheelchair with caregiver, sitting by a lake


    Parallel Caregiver Crises, Military and Civilian

    Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.

    Jul 9, 2014

  • News Release

    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: RAND Offers Policy Blueprint to Assist Millions

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    Dementia Blueprint

    Annual costs of dementia exceed those of cancer and heart disease and will only continue to rise as the nation's population ages. Key policy options can help strengthen and improve long-term services and supports for those with dementia and their caregivers.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    Research Brief

    What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

    Jun 22, 2014

  • Woman walking with and guiding her elderly grandmother


    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

    Jun 22, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Heterogeneity in Healthy Aging

    Using the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the 2004 Health and Retirement Study to examine the proportion of Americans exhibiting five markers of health and the variation in health-related quality of life across each of eight age groups, we find that a significant proportion of older Americans is healthy within every age group beginning at age 51, including among those aged 85+.

    Jun 1, 2014

  • Report

    Dementia's Mounting Toll on the U.S. Economy

    Dementia costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars per year, and the annual cost could top half a trillion by 2040 due to the 'graying' of the U.S. population.

    May 27, 2014

  • Report

    Mexicans Work and Work, But Will Retirement Work for Them?

    This Window on the World illustrates the demographic trends that lie ahead for Mexico whose elderly population is projected to increase 370 percent by 2050.

    May 14, 2014