Tag: elderly

Nurse burnout may contribute to increased hospitalizations for older patients

Editor's Note: Recent data show a direct correlation between nurse practitioner (NP) burnout and patients– particularly older adults with chronic diseases – utilizing the hospital and emergency department. Sage Journals published the findings on December 25. In 2018 and 2019, researchers collected survey data related to burnout from 1,244 primary…

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By: Brita Belli
January 18, 2024
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Study: Physical fitness helps bolster older adult brains

Editor's Note Research by the Center for Longevity at the University of Texas, Dallas, suggests that older adults who engage in intensive fitness practices tend to have brains that more closely resemble those of younger adults, the August 23 UTDallas News reports. The study, which compared high-fit older adults (median…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Costs of frailty after major, elective noncardiac surgery

Editor's Note This Canadian study finds a 1.5-fold increase in costs in the year after major, elective noncardiac surgery for patients with preoperative frailty. A total of 171,576 patients (23,219 with preoperative frailty) were included in the analysis. Unadjusted costs were higher for frail patients. After adjusting for confounders, an…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2023
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US population growing older

Editor's Note The median age of the US population rose to nearly 39 years old in 2020, and the number of those aged 65 and older jumped nearly 33% between 2010 and 2020, according to US Census Bureau data. America’s two largest age groups spurred the changes—more baby boomers turning…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2023
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Older people have better mental health, life satisfaction than 30 years ago

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Finland finds that depressive symptoms in 75- and 80-year-olds have decreased, and they are more satisfied with their lives overall than those at the same age 30 years ago. Two independent cohorts of Finnish men and women aged 75 and 80 were analyzed…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2023
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Study: Redefining multimorbidity in older surgical patients may improve clinical decision-making

Editor's Note In this study, led by the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, researchers developed and validated better surgical specialty-specific multimorbidity definitions based on distinct characteristics of older inpatients undergoing general, orthopedic, or vascular surgery. The researchers used 2016 to 2017 Medicare administrative claims data on patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 15, 2023
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Association of preop frailty assessment with 1-year postop mortality

Editor's Note This study from the University of Pittsburgh finds that preoperative frailty screening was associated with significantly reduced 1-year postoperative mortality. A total of 50,463 patients (22,722 before implementation of a frailty assessment initiative and 27,741 after implementation) with at least 1-year of postoperative follow-up were included in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 23, 2023
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