Study links medical spending to life expectancy gains
August 31, 2006
What: A new study looks at medical spending and increased life expectancy between 1960 and 2000 and determines that medical expenses provide reasonable value. The study, to be published in the August 31, 2006,New England Journal of Medicine, was...
Study finds 'gradient of disability' linked to household income of older adults
August 17, 2006
Low-income Americans ages 55 to 84 are far more likely than their wealthier peers to feel limited in doing basic physical activities such as climbing stairs and lifting objects, according to a new study. The research, published in the August 17,...
Media Availability: Medicare's prescription drug coverage target met, yet more consumer education about Part D is needed, survey finds
August 1, 2006
What: A new study to be published in Health Affairs found that, following open enrollment in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program, Medicare’s target to have 90 percent of people 65 and older covered by prescription drug insurance...
Scientists discover new frontotemporal dementia gene
July 17, 2006
Scientists have discovered genetic mutations that cause a form of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a finding that provides clues to the underlying mechanism of this devastating disease and that may provide insight for future approaches to...
NIH-funded study seeks long-lived families to help discover secrets of long and healthy life
July 11, 2006
Long, healthy life tends to run in some families, and researchers on a project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) want to learn more about the factors that contribute to it. The Long Life Family Study (LLFS), developed by the NIH...
Higher levels of common daily activity associated with lower risk of death
July 11, 2006
Older adults who expend more energy through any daily activity, including non-exercise activity, have a lower rate of death than adults who are less active, according to a study in the July 12 issue of JAMA. Observational studies have shown that...
Greater proportion of older men, women working, according to updated federal report
July 10, 2006
As the baby boom generation anticipates retirement, a growing proportion of older Americans are in fact remaining in the workforce. Labor force participation rates for older women have increased significantly since the mid-1980s, and for older men,...
NIHSeniorHealth adds information on heart attack
July 7, 2006
What causes a heart attack, and how can I reduce my risk? What are the symptoms of a heart attack, and do I have to have all of them before calling 911? Does having a heart attack mean that I can't do the things I enjoy doing? The answers to...
Promoting successful eating in long-term care: Relationships with residents are key
July 1, 2006
First of two parts Anyone who has worked with mid- and late-stage dementia residents in long-term care can describe mealtime challenges they’ve encountered. Refusing to eat, rejecting food, becoming too distracted to eat, not being able to...
NIH, University of Michigan renew major survey on older adults' health, retirement
June 19, 2006
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan to continue the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the nation’s leading resource for...