elderly care

New Dental Treatment Helps Fill Cavities And Insurance Gaps For Seniors

11 hours ago
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Jennifer Geiselhofer

Dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer often cleans the teeth of senior patients who can’t easily get to a dentist’s office. But until recently, if she found a cavity, there was little she could do.

“I can’t drill. I can’t pull teeth,” said Geiselhofer, whose mobile clinic is called Dental at Your Door. “I’d recommend they see a dentist, but that was often out of the question because of mobility challenges. So visit after visit, I would come back and there would be more decay.”

But now Geiselhofer has a weapon to obliterate a cavity with a few brushstrokes.

Within the next decade, 25% of Floridians will be over 60, and so will most new residents relocating to the state. As Florida grays, there’s greater demands on healthcare and related services. State funding has fallen behind. Now Broward County thinks it has an idea to address the coming “Silver Tsunami” but it needs the legislature to help.

State estimates show Florida could save hundreds of thousands of dollars if it were to allow certain inmates to be released from prison early.

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging

Sep 3, 2019
Andrea Morales / Kaiser Health News

Army veteran Eugene Milligan is 75 years old and blind. He uses a wheelchair since losing half his right leg to diabetes and gets dialysis for kidney failure.

And he has struggled to get enough to eat. 

In the U.S., older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer's disease.

But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment, according to scientists attending a summit on dementias held Thursday and Friday at the National Institutes of Health.

These include strokes, a form of Parkinson's disease and a disease that damages brain areas that regulate emotion and behavior.

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults — And Tailoring A Solution

Mar 14, 2019
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Hal Yeager / Kaiser Health News

For years, Dr. Linda Fried offered older patients who complained of being lonely what seemed to be sensible guidance. “Go out and find something that matters to you,” she would say. 

Seniors Aging In Place Turn To Devices And Helpers, But Unmet Needs Are Common

Feb 14, 2019
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NPR

About 25 million Americans who are aging in place rely on help from other people and devices such as canes, raised toilets or shower seats to perform essential daily activities, according to a new study documenting how older adults adapt to their changing physical abilities.