This study found an increase in the rate of overdose after Medicare Part D coverage began to include benzodiazepines among adults aged 65 to 69 years and 80 years or older and an increase in the rate of fall-related injury in adults 80 years or older.
As modern living is changing during this pandemic, so is assisted living. Already, many of us are facing difficult decisions about whether someone we know should stay in an assisted living facility or be taken out due to the coronavirus crisis. If you're in the position to bring someone to hunker down with you, is it even a good idea?
This study draws from an evaluation of how older adults are served by California's public mental health delivery system, and a review of state planning documents and academic literature, to describe gaps and deficiencies in the workforce that serves older adults.
Video sessions from the 26th Annual RAND Summer Institute, two annual conferences in Santa Monica, California, which addressed critical issues facing our aging population: The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists on July 8–9, and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging conference on July 10–11, 2019.
This article estimates the impact on hospital utilisation and costs of a multi-faceted primary care intervention for older people identified as being at risk of avoidable hospitalisation. It concludes the intervention was not cost saving.
Intentionally shutting off power may be a practical way to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. But is it worth the risks? Until more thoughtful and comprehensive decisions are made, planned power outages need to be planned better.
Transforming care for older people is complex. This report summarises workshops undertaken with different stakeholders in an attempt to identify ways to improve how evaluations are commissioned, completed and used in a changing policy landscape.
The Southwark and Lambeth Older People's Programme for older people at risk of avoidable hospitalisation, reduced A&E and outpatient attendances and elective admissions but not emergency admissions. The Programme was not cost-saving.
Giving up driving has been linked to depression and isolation in older adults, as well as early entry into nursing home facilities. Autonomous vehicles could help improve the well-being of older adults by allowing them to maintain independence while still giving up their car keys.
Most U.S. seniors don't follow the “standard” pattern of retirement. For example, many stay in full- or part-time posts past age 70. Health and economic factors, cognitive abilities, and personality traits can shape Americans' retirement paths.
Researchers from the RAND Corporation have been awarded a grant to develop a survey to measure the quality of care provided to people with serious illnesses, an issue of increasing importance as the nation's population of frail older individuals grows.
Among Americans aged 55-69, rates of cognitive limitation are many times higher for groups with lower socioeconomic status (SES) than those with higher SES, and recent trends show little indication that gaps are narrowing.