New Medicare cards coming
Starting this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of sending all Medicare beneficiaries a new Medicare card. Beneficiaries in Pennsylvania will be among the first groups of seniors to receive new cards, and will get theirs between April and June.
Empowering seniors to take charge of their health
More than 250,000 Philadelphia seniors are living with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and heart disease. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) offers free workshops at community sites to help adults 60-plus learn to manage their symptoms, maximize their independence and improve their quality of life.
Harnessing positive energy
By Barbara Sherf
If you could use a positive flow of energy in your life, the ancient Chinese practice of qi gong (pronounced “chee-gung”) might be for you. “Qi” stands for the life force energy that powers your heartbeat and gives strength. “Gong” is the practice of increasing one’s life force energy for a better quality of life. This Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and martial arts training can be traced back more than 4,000 years.
Are vitamins and supplements worth it?
Half of all American adults – including 70 percent of those 65 or older – take a vitamin or mineral supplement regularly, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). However, some people don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their daily diet, and their doctors may recommend a dietary supplement to provide those nutrients.
Staying engaged, with dementia
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.
Navigating without sight
By Alicia M. Colombo
South Philadelphia native John Martino, 75, lost his sight at just 24 when his retinas suddenly detached. Emergency surgery was only able to restore partial sight to his right eye. Two years later, he was completely blind. “It took me a while to get acclimated,” Martino says. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight.” To help him adjust, he underwent six months of intensive vision rehabilitation therapy. During that time, he learned how to use a guide cane to help him navigate and received career counseling.
Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018
- Medicaid Demonstrations: Evaluations Yielded Limited Results, Underscoring Need for Changes to Federal Policies and Procedures. GAO-18-220: Published: January 19, 2018. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2018. About one-third of Medicaid’s spending goes toward demonstrations, which allow states to test new approaches to delivering Medicaid services. Do they save money? Improve care? The short answer is that states and the federal government don’t fully know. We found that the federal government did not require complete and timely evaluations from the states, so conclusive results were not available. Click on right to select full report or highlights.
- Hearing Impairment Increases the Risk of Distal Radius, Hip and Spine Fractures: A Longitudinal Follow-up Study Using a National Sample Cohort. So Young Kim, Joon Kyu Lee, Songyong Sim, and Hyo Geun Choi. 2018. PLoS ONE, 13(2): e0192820. Hearing impairment has been suggested to increase the risk of falls. However, most previous studies were conducted in an older population without classification of the fracture regions. This study aimed to delineate the risk of each fracture type in all age populations.
Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018
- Training Area Agencies on Aging Case Managers to Improve Physical Function, Mood, and Behavior in Persons With Dementia and Caregivers: Examples from the RDAD-Northwest Study. Susan M. McCurry, Rebecca G. Logsdon, Kenneth C. Pike, David M. LaFazia & Linda Teri. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 61, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 45-60 . Published online: December 6, 2017.
- Psychological predictors of eating pathology in older adult women. Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ashley Kronen Marotta, Steven Pirutinsky, Ruth T. Morin & Joseph C. McGowan. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 2, Pages 145-157. Published online: April 3, 2017. Results of an Internet survey of older adult women (N = 245; aged 60–90 years) indicate that the factors significantly associated with eating pathology—perfectionism, depression, and sociocultural pressures to be thin—closely parallel those reported for both younger and middle-aged women.
Helping people with low vision
With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.