Aging

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Caring for Our Caregivers: The Unrecognized and Undervalued Family Caregiver

Minakshi Raj, PhD ’20

For years we have known that the US does not have a sufficient health care workforce to provide adequate health care for older adults. The current pandemic makes the situation all the more pressing. Now is the time to revisit and revise our policies and practices to reduce the burden of suffering for older Americans and their caregivers. Read more

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Older Americans Are Risking Coronavirus Exposure to Get Their Medications

Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher and Sarah Vordenberg

It’s been nearly a month since the US government began urging older Americans to stay home to avoid exposure to the new coronavirus. That means many older adults may be running out of their usual 30-day supplies of medication. As the pandemic continues to spread, they increasingly face a difficult challenge: how to get the medications they need without putting themselves at risk. Read more

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How Do We Overcome the Burden of Chronic Disease for Older Adults?

Aruna Muthukumar

Over 85 percent of US adults age 65 and over suffer from at least one chronic illness, and about 65–75 percent of those adults suffer from two or more chronic illnesses. How can we manage this burden on older adults as well as the burden on the health care system in cost-effective ways? Read more

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Will New Postpartum Care Standards Help Moms?

Clara Schriemer

While maternal mortality rates are declining in all developed countries around the world, maternal deaths continue to increase in the US. However, new postpartum care guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may be an essential step toward improving maternal health. Read more

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A Loneliness Epidemic among Older Americans

Vidhi Verma

Social relationships are key to healthy aging, but more than 42 million American adults say they feel lonely. What can the US learn from other developed countries when it comes to supporting our aging population and preventing loneliness? Read more