Health

Seniors' health improving

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 25, 2006

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Chronic disability among older Americans has dropped dramatically, and the rate of decline has accelerated during the past two decades, according to a new data analysis by the National Long Term Care Survey.

The study, published in the Nov. 28 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the prevalence of chronic disability among people 65 and older fell from 26.5% in 1982 to 19% in 2004-05. The findings suggest that older Americans' health and function continues to improve at a critical time as Medicare's fiscal health is questioned and the baby boomers begin turning 60.

Environmental modifications, assistive technologies and biomedical advances may be behind these declines, researchers said. Additionally, the emergence of assisted living facilities, changes in Medicare reimbursement policies and improved rehabilitation services also might be fueling an accompanying decline in the institutionalization of older people.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/12/25/hlbf1225.htm.

Back to top


ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE


Featured
Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story


Read story

Goodbye

American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story


Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story


Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story


Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story


Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story


Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story


Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn