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Majority Who Care For A Relative Suffer From Anxiety And Stress, According To Study

Eight out of 1ten people in charge of caring for a relative suffer from anxiety and stress, regardless of their socio-demographic variables. Families, and particularly daughters, assume the "informal care" of dependent elderly people in most of the cases. This follows an investigation carried out by Ruth M Â Calero PĂ rez and directed by professor JosĂ MÂ Roa Venegas at the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Granada. The work in the UGR shows that in some cases this care in the family creates inappropriate behaviour in the relationship, and that the negative effects on the physical, psychological and social caregiver are highly related to the previous life history between caregiver and care recipient, social isolation felt by the caregiver, and the feeling of loneliness in the relationship with the care recipient.

Spain Complaint: Too Many European Retirees With Expensive Health Problems

NPR reports: "Most countries in the European Union offer universal health coverage for their citizens. And when a citizen from one EU country travels to, or lives in another one, they also are covered. But now Spain is complaining" about the rule, "as more and more northern Europeans choose to retire along its Mediterranean coast." NPR likens the situation along Spain's Costa del Sol to that of Florida, where many U.S. seniors with costly health problems retire (Socolovsky, 1/19). This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with kind permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery at kaiserhealthnews.

Lighter Sedation For Elderly During Surgery May Reduce Risk Of Confusion, Disorientation After

A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they "never felt the same" again after an operation. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that simply limiting the depth of sedation during procedures could safely cut the risk of postoperative delirium by 50 percent. "Merely by adjusting how a person is sedated can have a profound effect on their postoperative cognitive state, " says study leader Frederick E. Sieber, M.D., an associate professor of anesthesia at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

January 15: Seniors Vaccination Day

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and AARP will team up for a vaccination event in Washington, DC on Seniors Flu Vaccination Day this Friday, January 15, 2010. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Nicole Lurie and AARP DC President, Denise Rolark Barnes will visit the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center to encourage senior citizens to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu. The officials will hold a speaking program and tour the wellness center's flu vaccination clinic. Who Secretary Sebelius, Secretary, HHS Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, HHS Nicole Lurie, M.

Cognitively Impaired Elderly Women Get Unneeded Screening Mammography, Study Finds

A significant percentage of U.S. women 70 years or older who were severely cognitively impaired received screening mammography that was unlikely to benefit them, according to a study of 2, 131 elderly women conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. Overall, 18 percent of severely cognitively impaired women in the study received screening mammography, compared with 45 percent of women with normal cognitive status. However, severely cognitively impaired women who were married and had a net worth of more than $100, 000 had a screening rate of 47 percent. "Screening" mammography is imaging conducted to detect masses that are not causing any symptoms but may grow to cause symptoms in the future.

Addressing Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

Research shows that, nationally, states are facing more than $550 billion in unfunded liabilities associated with health care and other non-pension benefits for retired state employees, a situation many states are now struggling to fix. New research from North Carolina State University has identified a number of trends that are consistent among those states with the biggest funding problems - information that may help states find a solution to the funding shortfall. "We've identified some state government characteristics that seem to contribute to these unfunded liabilities, and have found some states that have done a good job of limiting their liability, " says Dr.

Minister Aine Brady Urges Care For Older People During Continuing Severe Cold Spell, Ireland

Aine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, urged older people to continue to take extra care during the current cold spell and asked the public to make a special effort to keep an eye on their older neighbours and relatives, particularly those living alone. Urging older people to follow the advice in the recently published HSE information booklet 'Keep Warm Keep Well' the Minister advised that older people should keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. "Particular care should be taken due to the increased risk of falls as a result of icy footpaths and roads. People should call on elderly relatives and neighbours and ensure they have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription drugs they may need.

Yoga Reduces Cytokine Levels Known To Promote Inflammation

Regularly practicing yoga exercises may lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, a new study has shown. The study, done by Ohio State University researchers and just reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. The women also showed smaller increases in IL-6 after stressful experiences than did women who were the same age and weight but who were not yoga practitioners. IL-6 is an important part of the body's inflammatory response and has been implicated in heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, arthritis and a host of other age-related debilitating diseases.

'Longevity Gene' Helps Prevent Memory Decline And Dementia

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that a "longevity gene" helps to slow age-related decline in brain function in older adults. Drugs that mimic the gene's effect are now under development, the researchers note, and could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The paper describing the Einstein study is published in the January 13 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Most work on the genetics of Alzheimer's disease has focused on factors that increase the danger, " said Richard B. Lipton, M.D., the Lotti and Bernard Benson Faculty Scholar in Alzheimer's Disease and professor and vice chair in the Saul R.

Health Care Reform Legislation Could Hurt Seniors

Health care reform legislation could be worse for America's seniors than the Administration and Congressional leaders are publicly stating, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors advocacy organizations. Among other concerns, The Senior Citizens League is focusing on two main objections to the current health care reform bill: 1. Shaky Medicare Financing: The bill will not shore up Medicare's financing, despite claims to the contrary; and 2. Reduced Access to Care: Seniors may have reduced access to medical care as providers experience cuts and go out of business. 1. Shaky Medicare Financing: Lawmakers supportive of the bill have consistently stated that health care reform would keep the Medicare trust fund in the black for several additional years.

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