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Severe And Chronic Pain In Multiple Areas Associated With Increased Risk Of Falls In Older Adults

Older adults who reported chronic musculoskeletal pain in two or more locations, higher levels of severe pain, or pain that interfered with daily activities were more likely to experience a fall than adults who did not reports these types of pain, according to a study in the November 25 issue of JAMA. "Falls rank among the 10 leading causes of death in older adults in the United States, resulting in more than $19 billion in health care costs annually. Despite a growing body of scientific evidence supporting associations between a number of risk factors and falls, efforts to translate these findings into effective fall prevention strategies have been limited, " the authors write.

Baby Boomers Getting More Hip Injuries

A serious bicycle accident left David Goodman with a severely shattered left hip. But ever since Dr. Michael Stover of Loyola University Health System rebuilt Goodman's pelvis and replaced his hip, the 67-year-old Chicago resident has been able to do everything that he could before his accident -- without pain. Goodman works out or does yoga six days a week. Four months after surgery, he climbed a mountain in Israel. Last summer, he rode his bicycle 442 miles across Iowa in a week, averaging 63 miles per day. This winter, he plans to go skiing. Stover is seeing more hip and pelvic fractures in older patients who are injured in activities such as bicycling.

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American Geriatrics Society Lauds Senate Health Reform Bill Provisions That Would Significantly Improve Healthcare For Older Adults

The healthcare reform bill the Senate leadership unveiled Wednesday includes numerous provisions that would help ensure older Americans access to higher quality, more cost-effective and affordable healthcare, and help make the Medicare program more sustainable. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) -- a nonprofit association of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of older people -- has long advocated for and strongly supports these provisions. "The Senate health reform bill would improve elder healthcare significantly by addressing growing, nationwide shortages of healthcare workers trained to meet seniors' unique needs, " said AGS President Cheryl Phillips, MD.

Age Concern And Help The Aged Respond To Conservative Plans To Retain Vital Benefits For Older People, UK

Andrew Harrop, Head of Public Policy for Age Concern and Help the Aged, said: 'We welcome the Conservatives' announcement today that they would not remove Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in the future. 'These benefits can improve older people's quality of life and provide extra help which may prevent, or delay the need for more formal care. We know that older people use these benefits to help them cope with all the additional costs that come with disability such as higher food and heating bills, not just to pay for care services. 'Attendance Allowance is especially important for older people as it provides a flexible, non-means-tested, national entitlement which promotes independence in later life.

California Physicians Applaud The U.S. House Of Representatives Vote To Protect Seniors' Access To Care

The California Medical Association praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing HR 3961, legislation that will ease the difficulty seniors face in finding a physician who accepts Medicare. The bill repeals Medicare's flawed payment structure, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and replaces it with a stable foundation that would encourage physician participation. "Many physicians have been forced to stop taking Medicare patients, " said CMA President Brennan Cassidy, MD. "The passage of HR 3961 is a step in the right direction for health care reform. We must first fix the foundation of health care before we can expand upon it.

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Residential Design For Persons With Neurological Disability

IOS Press announces the November 2009 publication of a special issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An International Journal devoted to residential design for persons with neurodisability. While there is clearly agreement that the nature of the long-term living environment can improve quality of life and minimize safety risks for individuals who are cognitively, behaviorally and/or physically challenged due to neurodisability, residential design factors are often either ignored or minimally considered. This unique issue calls attention to the important topic of community-based residential designs for persons with neurodisabilities by presenting a compendium of cutting edge design perspectives, insights and practical information not available elsewhere.

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