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Impairment in mid-life raises risk of hospitalization and death

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Adults in their 50s and 60s who have trouble with basic activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing are more likely to be hospitalized or end up in a nursing home compared with unimpaired adults the same age, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Factors such as chronic disease, depression and obesity can contribute to functional impairment; intervention strategies are needed to prevent adverse outcomes and delay struggles with daily activities that affect health and quality of life. Continue reading

New Millbank report highlights seniors’ unmet care needs

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Photo by Matt Searles via Flickr.

The care needs of 3 million older adults in the U.S. that require help with three or more activities of daily living are not being met and may lead to adverse consequences, according to a new report in the Millbank Quarterly. A detailed analysis finds that a disproportionate share of older people who require substantial assistance are poor, minorities or widowed. Additionally, nearly half of older adults, or about 18 million people, need help with or had trouble carrying out at least one ADL in the month prior to analysis.

Researchers examined a representative sample from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). Of those requiring assistance in non-nursing home settings, one in five — about 6.6 million seniors — received help with the most basic self-care or mobility activities. This includes a wide range of assistance from family or paid caregivers such as bathing, dressing, eating, getting rides to medical appointments, or help with walking.

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