With good public dental benefits, extensive community water fluoridation, and reductions in tooth loss among seniors, Minnesota has earned top marks in a new report card that ranks the oral health of elders in states across America.
Massachusetts tops this year’s list of healthiest places for older adults, according to the 2016 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. The Bay State jumped to the top perch from sixth place in 2015 thanks to it’s high overall health status, high percentage of diabetes management and low hip fracture rate.
Smoking decreased 20 percent since last year, which moves Massachusetts up 20 places in the ranking of that specific measure. Continue reading
With an increasingly aging prison population, how to care for inmates with chronic illnesses or other infirmities and those at the end of life has become an urgent challenge for federal and state governments, and for inmate and elder rights advocates.
An increasing number of prisoners need wheelchairs, walkers, canes, portable oxygen, and hearing aids. Many are incontinent or forgetful and need assistance to get dressed, go to the bathroom, or bathe, according to the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research. Authorities must balance appropriate care with ballooning health costs, determine who will provide care and pay for it. The situation is squeezing state correctional budgets, health services, safety-net programs and local communities. Continue reading
The National Council on Aging defines mental disorders as “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or some combination thereof), associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.”
As the U.S. population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services is increasing. Continue reading
Saturday’s “Aging well” panel at Health Journalism 2016 featured what might well be a first for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual conference: a piggyback ride.
Colin Milner, chief executive officer of the International Council on Active Aging and publisher of the Journal of Active Aging, implored an audience member to hop on his back. He proceeded to pace around for a few minutes, remarking that he was feeling the effects of carrying extra weight.
“What happened with John hopping on my back is what happens in real life,” Milner said. “By midlife, we begin losing our functional abilities.” Continue reading