In the year 2030, the youngest members of the baby boomer generation will hit 65, making up nearly a quarter of the country's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If current elderly Americans are a precursor of what is to come, they will experience health challenges such as diabetes, dementia, depression and functional disability in record numbers. But their huge presence may also open up specialized emergency rooms and critical care units, encourage more research into the mysteries of the aging body and place a focus on specialized geriatric and end-of-life care. According to researchers and clinicians in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, here is a snapshot of 10 of the challenges that may be staring back at baby boomers: 1.
As people age, the potential exists for those years to be the most rewarding and fulfilling time of their lives. However, major illness, retirement, the death of a spouse, and a shrinking circle of friends all may, in some cases, contribute to increased levels of stress and depression in the elderly. For that reason the chief of geropsychiatry for the Los Angeles Jewish Home - the largest single-source provider of senior residential housing in the western United States - is offering seniors and their loved ones 10 warning signs that may trigger the need for assistance with mental health issues. "Though many seniors have developed positive coping skills and emotional maturity, others may experience Alzheimer's disease, addictions, anxiety disorders and depression, " said Dr.
Even Republican officials got angst - albeit slightly more muted than at Democratic town halls - at forums on health care reform Wednesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley faced big crowds in his home state of Iowa, The Associated Press reports. "The questions were tough but respectful, and there was little of the shouting that has dominated similar meetings in other parts of the country. 'It seems to me that people are expressing, not just on health care, but people are just very scared about the direction the country is taking, ' said Grassley, who emphasized that he hasn't signed off on anything. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Grassley's been negotiating a compromise plan that could get some Republican votes.
President Obama is seeking to relieve concerns about possible Medicare changes and, at his New Hampshire town hall this week, highlighted issues affecting seniors. The Washington Times reports: "If there is anyone or anything President Obama cannot afford to offend in his battle to overhaul the nation's health care system, it is the powerful seniors lobby, AARP. Perhaps that is why the White House was so quick to backpedal Wednesday after Mr. Obama mistakenly claimed that the organization, with its tens of millions of politically active members, had already signed on to his plan. Mr. Obama drew a forceful rejoinder from the group... when he said during a town-hall meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire that it was endorsing his health care reform proposal.
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Rochelle Buffenstein, PhD, professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD, research associate professor, Washington University in St. Louis, were selected as recipients of the Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award sponsored by the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). Established in 2005, the BIG Award provides $200, 000 grants for high risk, original research that offers significant promise of yielding transforming discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging. Dr. Buffenstein will investigate how regulation by the Nrf2 signaling pathway-a major detoxification pathway-protects long-lived species such as the naked mole rat from cellular stress that contributes to age-related diseases.
Bette Davis once quipped, "Aging ain't for sissies." For many, it's a time of change and challenges. Despite medical advances, and while living longer, many people aren't living better. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) researchers and educators have been at work to better equip the nation's aging population with tools and resources to lead healthier, engaged lives and to ensure comfort and dignity at the end of life. Helping older adults keep on keeping on It's thought that staying physically and mentally active helps older adults hold disability at bay by nourishing mind, body, and soul. Physical and social engagement are at the heart of both late-life health promotion and the work of Assistant Professor, researcher, and gerontologist Elizabeth (Ibby) Tanner, PhD, MS, RN.