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Too Much Medical Jargon? Assessing and Bridging the Terminology Gap between Health Consumers and Medical Professionals

Even though the United States spends more on health care per capita than most other countries, life expectancy is lower than in many other developed countries and varies geographically. There is a huge need to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, while reducing healthcare costs. Health information technology is the key to make this happen.

 

Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

“As baby boomers have begun trickling into later life, the stereotype of Grandma sipping hot cocoa by the fire has slowly been replaced with Grandma sipping a glass of wine with her friends and family,” write ISL Faculty Affiliate Dawn Carr and Amy Burdette, both of FSU’s Department of Sociology.

Learning to read and write again after stroke

After experiencing a stroke on the left side of the brain, many people will acquire aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to talk, understand others, read, and write. It does not, however, affect a person’s intelligence. There are approximately 2 million Americans currently living with aphasia in the United States.

Using Artificial Intelligence to help older adults and others

The progress of technology in leaps and bounds has resulted in the generation of an enormous amount of digital data in the modern era. Against this backdrop, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a useful mechanism to automatically organize and categorize data and to leverage useful patterns in the data to make intelligent predictions for the future from past observations.

WIDOWHOOD

When I was in college, my mother died during my junior year following a two-year struggle with cancer. As difficult as it was for me to lose her, my dad was in his early 50s and had to face changes in his life that were well beyond my comprehension as a 21-year-old. My mom and dad had been married 31 years when my mom died, and they had been together since the eighth grade. It’s hard to believe anyone could recover from something like that. And the truth is, not everyone fully adjusts to widowhood. So, why do some people do better than others?

FSU, an Age-Friendly University

Florida State University was recently awarded the designation of being an Age-Friendly University. The age-friendly university initiative is an international effort, started in Ireland by Dublin City University, and it fits nicely with initiatives such as WHO’s age-friendly city and community effort, being spearheaded locally by Sheila Salyer and the Tallahassee Senior Center. These initiatives represent grassroots efforts to address the challenges of an aging society.

Increase in memory complaints in older adults: Does it reflect age-related memory decline and/or something else?

We all often blank on an acquaintance’s name or forget a phone number that we’ve just checked. When we’re young, we don’t pay much attention to these memory failures, but as we grow older, we become concerned more about what they mean. According to a new national survey (West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging on America: http://www.westhealth.org/press-release/worries-about-aging-loom-large-for-americans-over-30-survey-finds/), memory loss is one of the leading concern for 60+ Americans.

Longer working years?

There is an interesting development in terms of older adult participation in the paid labor force — people are working longer, reversing a decades-long trend toward earlier retirement.

Osteosarcopenic obesity as a new syndrome in elderly: What are the prevention and management challenges?

The triad of bone, muscle and fat tissue deregulation: Recently, a new syndrome was identified and termed osteosarcopenic obesity (OSO), signifying the impairment of bone, muscle and adipose tissues as an ultimate consequence of aging. OSO may also develop due to the initiating presence of overweight/obesity perpetuated by low-grade chronic inflammation, as well as to inadequate diet and lifestyle.

Where Are the Older Volunteers in Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are conducted for testing the efficacy and safety of a treatment (e.g., medication, device, procedure) for one or more medical conditions. However, older adults are systematically underrepresented in clinical trials, and this creates serious repercussions in the health-care industry.