Chronic Disease Self-Management in Diverse Communities, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Older Americans are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases, and self-management education can improve their health and well-being. Join us for a webinar about Wisdom Warriors, a chronic disease self-management program adapted for tribal communities by the Northwest Regional Council.

The webinar will cover strategies for implementing and sustaining evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs for Native American populations. It will offer valuable information for organizations that are just getting started, looking for ways to expand their programs’ reach, or wanting to learn more about sustaining their programs.

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Public Comment: Falls with Major Injury

Public comments are due October 14 on a cross-setting post-acute care measure under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domain of incidence of major falls, for application in home health. CMS seeks comments on:

Project Objectives:

  • Introduce falls with major injury data elements for capturing data for a falls with major injury measure in the incidence of major falls domain for home health patients
  • Refine measure specifications
  • Identify setting-specific needs/concerns/barriers for capturing falls with major injury information using the data elements
  • Gather feedback on importance, feasibility, usability and potential impact of adding falls with major injury data elements for quality measurement as new items to the OASIS item set
  • Identify additional guidance required for the implementation in home health

Visit the Public Comment webpage for more information.

FDA Facilitates Research on Earlier Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has shown that there is a lag of many years between the beginning of changes in a patient’s brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Yet in the past, clinical trials examined Alzheimer’s patients when their symptoms had become clearly apparent, long after the changes in their brains had started. Some researchers have theorized that the greatest benefits will be available if a treatment can be developed for very early in the disease course, when people have the very first symptoms of Alzheimer’s—or even earlier.

For that reason, the development of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease has increasingly focused on the stages before the onset of overt dementia. A 2013 FDA draft guidance responded to this development by discussing the design of clinical trials for drugs for Alzheimer’s patients who are still in the very early stages of the disease, when only subtle symptoms are present.

“There may be a window of opportunity to affect the disease before people experience symptoms,” says Eric Bastings, M.D., a neurologist and the deputy director of FDA’s Division of Neurology Products.

FDA’s draft guidance may help researchers design clinical trials for early stage Alzheimer’s therapies. The agency hopes that the guidance will serve as a focus for continued discussions among FDA, sponsors of new drugs, the academic community, and the public.


So called “Super-agers” have brains that look decades younger.

Researchers at Mass General Hospital, supported by the U.S. National Institute on Aging,  involved 17 individuals aged 60-80 with scores on memory tests that matched people 40 to 50 years younger. The study also included 23 people aged 60 to 80 who had normal scores or performed as expected on memory tests. Additionally, 41 younger adults, aged 18 to 35, were included in the study.

Dr. Bradford Dickerson, the study’s senior co-author, said, “We desperately need to understand how some older adults are able to function very well into their seventh, eight, and ninth decades.” Dickerson is director of the frontotemporal disorders unit in the MGH department of neurology.

The study was published Sept. 13 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

New Reports from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers Summarized

December 16, 2015

Long-term care for the elderly is a crucial issue. Each year, new data sheds light on the state of care in the United States. The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers reports on trends in residential care communities and adult day care centers. The study examines resident demographics, medical conditions, funding sources, and other variables. […]

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Weekly News Summary for Professionals in Aging Services

December 11, 2015

Enjoy your weekend. Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study Researchers suggest this allows older adults to continue to contribute to society. “We unexpectedly discovered that humans have evolved gene variants that can help protect the elderly from dementia,” study co-leader Dr. Ajit Varki, a professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine […]

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Senior Services Weekly News and Information

November 20, 2015

Here’s the week’s aging-related news and updates. Enjoy your weekend! Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer’s Warning Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely […]

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Weekly News Roundup for the Aging Industry

November 13, 2015

Here’s the week’s news and resources you can use. As always, thank you for the work you do to help our elders. Brain Differences Seen in Young Adults at Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s Young adults who have an increased genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may already show differences in how their brains handle spatial navigation, […]

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The Week’s Collection of Aging-related News and Information

November 6, 2015

Happy Friday aging professionals! Here’s the week’s news you can use. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the work you do. The Role of Medicaid for People with Dementia   The Kaiser Family Foundation published an issue brief of the role of Medicaid for people living with dementia. Individuals with dementia generally require a multitude of […]

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Elder Guru Weekly List of Links

October 16, 2015

In case you missed it, following is a summary of pertinent news for professionals in aging services. Enjoy your weekend. Launch of the Native-One Stop Portal Benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the United States, launched a portal of resources for Native American, Alaskan Native, and tribal populations. The portal, Native One-Stop, provides information about the services that […]

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Should Senior Citizens be Required to Pass Driving Tests? Is it Discrimination?

June 6, 2009

Brian Joyce, a State Senator from Massachusetts, has submitted a bill that would require anyone renewing their license after their 85th birthday to pass a vision and a road test every five years. Oh the controversy! The Canton Citizen newspaper reports: In a press release issued last week, Joyce, a Milton Democrat whose district includes […]

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