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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. The huge Baby Boom cohort has expressed interest in working past “normal” retirement periods of age 62, with partial pension, and age 65 for full pension. (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 […]

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. For example, as early as 1999, a study of Southwest Oncology Group reported that […]

Can Telehealth contribute to successful longevity?

When the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite on October 4, 1957, it did more than trigger the Space Race — it also laid the foundation for today’s telehealth, the remote provision of health care and education via communications technology. As the Space Race rushed forward, from simple radio communications to putting animals and then […]

Long Term Care in the U.S.: From Community to Corporate Control

The U.S. Long Term Care System Long term care for impaired younger and older adults has been a major part of the nation’s health care system for several decades, but until now it has not received much attention from the media or policymakers. With the projected doubling of the 70+ population over the next thirty […]

Pay for Performance: Can it Help Improve Nursing Home Care?

Jan. 22, 2016 Nursing home quality of care is a chronic problem the country over. Nearly 95 percent of nursing homes flunk one or more quality measures on regulatory surveys. A quarter of homes have problems that threaten patients’ lives. Regulators strive to pull laggards up to the minimal standards required to keep licensure and […]

Nursing Home Culture Change: Legal Apprehensions and Opportunities

Marshall B. Kapp, J.D., M.P.H Director, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law Despite significant improvements over the past quarter century, problems persist in nursing home quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes. They persist despite an atmosphere of extensive regulation and litigation. The Culture Change Movement is […]