elderly

Medicine
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Antipsychotic drugs aren't necessary in the vast majority of dementia cases, gerontologists say. The pills can be stupefying and greatly raise the risk of falls — and hip fracture.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:32 pm

It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
8:21 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Inflammation Can Kill You

Vishwa-Deep Dixit is Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine
Chion Wolf

I got interested in this topic last year when the Yale Medical School got a $10 million Blavatnik grant for more work in the specific area of  Immunobiology.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

America's Changing Landscape of Elderly and End-of-Life Care

sima dimitric Creative Commons

A new report from the Institute of Medicine takes a closer look at end-of-life care in the U.S. The report, called "Dying in America", shines light on the quality of care available to those nearing the end of life -- offering some recommendations on how to make care more sustainable and accessible to patients and their families. 

Read more
D-Day Commemoration
2:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Vet, AWOL From Nursing Home, Found At Normandy Ceremonies

Normandy veterans parade in Arromanches, France, during events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Gareth Fuller PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 3:45 pm

An 89-year-old World War II veteran, reported missing by his U.K. nursing home, has been found at the D-Day commemorations in France.

Bernard Jordan, who served in the Royal Navy during WWII, is a resident at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex, reports the BBC. He had previously attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.

Read more
Verse and Voice
12:19 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Saying Goodbye at the Nursing Home

Ari Bakker Creative Commons

My meeting can’t wait
so I’ve kissed the top of your head,
both cheeks
and like the Eskimos do.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Saving For a New Kind of Retirement

Steven Depolo Creative Commons

After decades of stagnant incomes, the inability to save, and disappearing pensions, 75 percent of Americans nearing retirement have less than $30,000 saved, which won’t last long. One third of Connecticut residents are baby boomers -- a big demographic that is headed straight towards retirement. In fact, Connecticut’s population of 65 and up is growing ten times faster than the general population.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Saving For a New Kind of Retirement

Steven Depolo Creative Commons

After decades of stagnant incomes, the inability to save, and disappearing pensions, 75 percent of Americans nearing retirement have less than $30,000 saved, which won’t last long. One third of Connecticut residents are baby boomers -- a big demographic that is headed straight towards retirement. In fact, Connecticut’s population of 65 and up is growing ten times faster than the general population.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Coming Together Across the Ages

Intergenerational relationships can be equally beneficial for the younger person.
Credit Alexey Klementiev/iStock / Thinkstock

When Americans get older, two things often happen. Some are forced into a life where everyone around them is the same age, in an assisted living community when they become reliant on others for their care.

Others choose this life, retiring to the south, in a community of active seniors with no kids allowed. But what’s the impact of this kind of social isolation from those of other ages?

Read more
Fairfield
10:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary! 81 Years And Counting For Conn. Couple

John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, at their home in Fairfield, Conn. They eloped on Nov. 25, 1932.
Michelle McLoughlin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:02 am

Read more
Elder Veteran Care
9:15 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Elderly Veterans Must Move After VA Mistake

Some elderly veterans in Connecticut may not want to move out of a place they've called home for several years, said a Congressional delegation.
Credit SSgt Brittany Jones / Creative Commons

An audit found a big mistake by the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Twenty-three veterans in Connecticut have been living at retirement homes, and the VA has been paying for them to reside there. But according to the VA, it's only authorized to pay for skilled nursing care. Retirement homes or assisted living facilities are not covered.

Read more
Demographics
8:09 am
Wed September 18, 2013

More Old People, Fewer Workers: Nations Look To Immigration

A man relaxes at a downtown park in Seoul. The pronounced demographic shift triggered by a plummeting birth rate and soaring life expectancy is seen as one of the greatest challenges facing Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:43 pm

A story in the Financial Times caught our eye this week. It was on foreign workers in South Korea.

The story looked at the town of Ansan, where about 7.6 percent of the population is foreign. They come from other Asian countries, as well as from Russia. Here's one of the reasons for the change in South Korea, a highly homogeneous society:

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
3:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Generation X is Middle-Aged

Love Maegan on Flickr Creative Commons

Because Generation X is eternally younger than the Baby Boomers, we just assumed they’d be eternally young. But a person born in 1965 turns 50 in two more years. Generation X somehow went gliding into mid-life without the rest of us noticing.

And, Gen-X’ers would say that's pretty typical, that they’ve never been part of anyone else’s plans from the time in their childhood when their parents got divorced and went spiraling off into personal reboot mode, leaving the kids to fend for themselves.

Read more
Young and Old
10:29 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The New Middle Age

They were gutted by the economy, saddled with existential angst, and on today's Colin McEnroe Show, a few Generation Xers tweeted us about what it's like to live in a world inherited from the Baby Boomers. Our idea to dedicate a whole show to Generation X started with a great article. (Wasn't Matt Dillon's hair delightful?)

Read more
Where We Live
11:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Coming Together Across the Ages

Tim Parkinson on Flickr Creative Commons

When Americans get older, two things often happen.

Some are forced into a life where everyone around them is the same age, in an assisted living community when they become reliant on others for their care.

Others choose this life, retirement to the South, in a community of active seniors with no kids allowed.

But what’s the impact of this kind of social isolation from those of other ages?  What benefits are they missing?

Read more
Connecticut
5:12 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 2: Elderly and Disabled on the Waterfront

Dru Nadler

Coastal towns in Connecticut are already gearing up for another hurricane season less than a month away. This is the second of a three-part series examining vulnerable areas on Connecticut's shore. (Read more in the Connecticut Mirror here.)

Yesterday I visited Morris Cove, one of New Haven’s most desirable neighborhoods right on Long Island Sound. Now, we head to a very different residential area on Connecticut’s coastline.

Read more
Where We Live
8:15 am
Wed February 13, 2013

The Silver Tsunami Is On Its Way!

Sarah.249 on Flickr Creative Commons

America is getting older and Connecticut is growing grayer faster than almost every other state.

The first batch of baby boomers hit 65 in 2011, and Connecticut’s over-65 population is expected to grow by more than 64% by the time the last batch turns 65 in 2029.  When they retire, here’s what we’re looking at: A smaller and less skilled pool of workers to replace them.

But don’t expect this new group of seniors to just retire all at once; they’ll be working longer, in part because they want to, but also to rebuild those nest eggs smashed during the recession.

Read more
Nursing Homes
8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Use of Anti-Psychotic Medication in Nursing Home Patients

Basykes from Flickr Creative Commons

A Connecticut Health Investigative Team review of federal nursing home data from December finds a high use of antipsychotic medication in elderly residents not diagnosed with psychosis.

While these drugs are an important form of treatment for patients with certain psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, their "off label" use to calm agitated patients can cause dangerous side effects, particularly for elderly patients with dementia.

Read more
Aging
8:17 am
Wed March 14, 2012

The Aging Brain - Lost In Transition

Brunosan, Flickr Creative Commons

As the brain ages, it becomes harder to know when its time to move from one task to the next. That’s according to a new study by Yale University researchers, who say understanding how the brain ages may help an older workforce.

The study is called Lost in Transition. Mark Laubach, an associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, came up with the title after waiting to buy a ticket at the Washington, DC train station. He was anxious to get back to Connecticut to see his son play in his first Little League game.  

Read more
Where We Live
11:04 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Examining Alzheimer's

hweiling, creative commons

The numbers don’t do justice to the scope of Alzheimers Disease.

Read more
Too Slow?
10:48 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Morning Edition: Elderly Driving

Photo by Kevin Briody (Flickr)

A recent rash of accidents involving elderly drivers in Connecticut has state lawmakers, law enforcement and senior advocates again looking at the tricky issues that concern senior drivers.

Joining us by phone is Jennifer Millea, she is the Communications Director for AARP - Connecticut.

Read more
The Faith Middleton Show
12:47 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

The Beauty of Hospice Care

joiseyshowaa

Connecticut Magazine editor Charlie Monagan's new musical based on real events in Waterbury, Connecticut. And, big news -- a new hospice facility is about to be built on the east end of Long Island. Plus, Yale law professor Stephen Carter talks about his latest novel Jericho's Fall.

Read more
The Faith Middleton Show
12:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: The Future Of Hospice?

Nate Ferdinandt

An emotional debate concerning proposed changes to regulations governing nonprofit hospice care. We look at what those changes would mean for the patients.

Read more
The Faith Middleton Show
5:16 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Maintaining Independence as You Grow Older

creative common; Adam Jones, Ph.D.

As life expectancy in the United States continues to rise, the maintenance of physical independence among older Americans has emerged as a major clinical and public health priority.  The ability to move without assistance, is a fundamental feature of human functioning. Older people who lose mobility are less likely to remain in the community, have higher rates of morbidity, mortality, and hospitalizations and experience a poorer quality of life.  

Read more