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COVID-19 poses particular challenges for nursing homes

More than 400 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States are now also hotspots for person-to-person transmission of COVID-19. Many of these facilities are located in large cities such as New York City ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Stop calling them 'elderly': Talking to older adults about self-isolating

Geoffrey Hoffman, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, studies older adult care and health policies that affect older adults. The mortality rate for COVID-19 increases for older adults, yet we've ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How coronavirus exposes the way we regard aging and old people

The elderly have come to occupy a central place in our news bulletins these days. Headlines were quick to inform the public that the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 is in people aged 70 and over. Experts have repeatedly ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Connecting socially across generations is more important than ever

Collective disruption to our schools, work, and play, along with a heightened awareness of what it means to worry about our close ties with others, add up to fuel for sparking a movement. Just a few days ago, most high school ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Caring for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Older adults are at elevated risk for complications from COVID-19 and are dying at a higher rate than younger patients. In light of these concerns, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine scientist ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Thyroid hormone use may raise death risk in older adults

Thyroid hormone replacement therapy in older adults is associated with a higher risk of death compared with no treatment, a large study finds. The study results were accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Late-life depression severity varies by race, ethnicity

(HealthDay)—Significant racial and ethnic differences have been identified in late-life depression (LLD) severity, symptom burden, and depression care, according to a study published online March 26 in JAMA Network Open.

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Does everyone over 60 need to take the same coronavirus precautions?

She knew it wasn't a good idea and her daughter would disapprove. Nonetheless, Barbara Figge Fox, 79, recently went to four stores in Princeton, New Jersey, to shop for canned goods, paper towels, fresh fruit, yogurt and ...

Immunology

How to boost immune response to vaccines in older people

Research just published by the Linterman lab shows that the immune system of older mice can be given a helping hand by applying immunology expertise and some genital wart treatment (don't try this at home just yet)!

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COVID-19 infection prevention and control in long-term care facilities

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health's Dr. John W. Rowe, Professor of Health Policy and Aging, is a member of a WHO Expert Panel on Care of the Elderly which just released the attached guidance for prevention and management ...

Health

COVID-19: Keeping seniors, immunocompromised people safe

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 because of their age or underlying health conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults 60 and older and those with ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Why life can get better as we age

People say life gets better with age. Now research suggests this may be because older people have the wisdom and time to use mindfulness as a means to improve wellbeing.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic

In Kentucky, there are more than 272,000 people caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. If you are one of those people, the person you are caring for is considered high risk for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Most ...