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13 states cut Medicaid to balance budgets
USA Today and Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thirteen states are moving to cut Medicaid by reducing benefits, paying health providers less or tightening eligibility, even as the federal government prepares to expand the insurance program for the poor to as many as 17 million more people. More



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Medicare IDs few hospitals as outliers in readmissions
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Despite several years of concerted efforts, hospital readmission rates aren't dropping, the latest Medicare data show. Readmissions cost Medicare $17.5 billion in inpatient spending, with nearly 10 million Mediciare beneficiaries readmitted within 30 days for any cause, a rate of nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients who enter a hospital. More



Research & Trends


Footprints to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's are seen in gait
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The way people walk appears to speak volumes about the way they think, so much so that changes in an older person's gait appear to be an early indicator of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer's disease. More

'Granny pods' vs. nursing homes
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With millions of baby boomers expected to need assisted living in the near future, some homebuilders are bringing creative housing solutions to the market. Small modular units, dubbed "granny pods," can serve as an alternative to a nursing home. Compact, specifically designed to meet medical needs and relatively inexpensive compared to living in a facility, they bring assisted living right into your backyard. More

40 percent of low-income Latino elders suffered abuse or neglect in past year but authorities were not advised
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A sobering new study by researchers from the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology finds that elder abuse in low-income Latino communities goes largely unreported. More than 40 percent of Latino elders told Spanish-speaking interviewers that they had been abused or neglected in the past year — yet only 1.5 percent of victims said they had ever reported the abuse to authorities. More

Remodelers build hopes on aging boomers
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the oldest Boomers turn 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day, their homes can challenge stiff joints and waning eyesight. A Harvard University study suggests recovery in the remodeling market will be driven in part by contractors making improvements to help individuals go about their routines within their own homes. More

More older people treated for depression
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Depression in the elderly is a mixed picture these days. For years, mental health specialists lamented that depression was seriously underdiagnosed and undertreated in the elderly. Not anymore. Over the past decade, "we've seen a really big increase in the recognition of depression and the initiation of treatment," said Dr. Jürgen Unützer, a geriatric psychiatrist now at the University of Washington. More

Resources


LTSS webinar
Long-Term Quality Alliance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On Thursday, August 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, this webinar will describe LTSS and the impact of transitions on older adults receiving long term services and supports; Examine the impact of the ACA on improving care transitions for older adults receiving LTSS; Discuss the opportunities and threats presented by three provisions for improving care transitions; and Describe short- and long-term policy strategies that will ensure the law's effective implementation and improve health and quality of life and reduce costs for older adults receiving LTSS. More

Webinar: 'Abuse in Later Life: Assessment and Response within the Senior Legal Hotline'
CERA & NLRC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One in 10 older adults reported experiencing elder abuse in the past year. Further, it is estimated that only 5 percent of cases are reported by older victims. Hotline advocates have a unique opportunity to listen for, identify and assist callers who are experiencing abuse. This webinar on August 31, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern, will provide a foundational understanding of the range and prevalence of abuses suffered by older adults, including physical and sexual violence, as well as emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. More

Apply now for the NCST Graduate Student Internship
National Center on Senior Transportation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interested in working in a non-profit environment, on behalf of older adults or in the field of mobility and transportation? Looking to further develop your communications skills? The National Center on Senior Transportation is now seeking a graduate student intern to conduct research on promising practices in senior mobility and transportation issues and assist in the development of NCST products, presentations, reports, Web and social media materials, and questionnaires. This is a paid position located in Washington, D.C., and the hours are negotiable. Submission deadline: August 3. More

Medicare announces updated, enhanced tools for patients to compare hospitals and nursing homes
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Two websites that help Americans make informed choices about hospitals and nursing homes have been redesigned and will make more information available to the public, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced. The two sites – Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare – have been enhanced to make navigation easier by users, and have added important new comparison tools like findings from nursing home inspections. More
 
 
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