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Senior Safety Driving

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

AAA has a website with excellent resources to keep seniors driving safely, with information about how aging affects driving, ways to test yourself, safe-driving tips, and guidance in adapting or selecting a vehicle to fit your changing physical capabilities. Alternate means of transportation are also discussed. For concerned family members, the site provides advice on evaluating a senior’s driving skills and addressing safety concerns. Many seniors feel they are better drivers after taking AAA’s online or in person class or the AARP’s classroom course. Both are open to any driver over age 50. These inexpensive programs may entitle you to a discounted auto insurance rate; check with your insurance agent.


Disparities within Serious Mental Illness Report from AHRQ

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The primary goal of this Technical Brief is to describe and review the effectiveness of interventions that address disparities among adult patients with serious mental illness (SMI). The report is based on research conducted by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Adults with SMI often experience gaps in access to needed health care compared with other populations. Such disparities may be even more pronounced between certain groups of patients with SMI, differing by race, ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage (including housing stability) and socioeconomic status, and geographic location (chiefly, rural versus urban); disparities arise as well for individuals identifying as LGBT and those who have difficulty communicating in English.

The study reviewed the published and gray literature and interviewed Key Informants to address several Guiding Questions. Gaps persist both in terms of the diversity of disparity groups included in studies (particularly individuals who identify as LGBT and the elderly) and approaches considered.

For more information and to download the report, visit

Is the shingles vaccine right for you?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a video and quiz about the shingles vaccine.

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?:
MedlinePlus has additional information about shingles:

PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: h

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at:

The Brain Health Resource toolkit

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best. The PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health and the Educator’s Guide, presentation handout, and resource list provide additional information and support. To access this toolkit go to

Healthy You: arthritis

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The American Public Health Association has published a handout entitled “Arthritis: Managing pain through healthy moves”. The handout can be printed in English, Spanish or as an Easy-to-Read version.

Healthy You (APHA):

Medication and Supplement Use Among Older Adults

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.

Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from PubMed Abstract

Physically Fit Individuals Are Less Likely to Suffer Depression After Heart Attack

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from (Health Day News)

A recent study shows that physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack. In the report, heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven’t had a heart attack but those who regularly exercise can reduce their risk. The study based in Norway, researchers looked at 189 middle-aged and older people. For more information, please visit:

To learn more information about depression after experiencing a heart attack, please visit the American Heart Association webpage:

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions 

From National Center for Complementary and Integrative Help

“Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits.” The four conditions addressed in this article are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Sleep problems
  • Shingles

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

From and HealthDay News

A small study on the effect of yoga on back pain in older adults found “while both groups improved in terms of mobility and pain, by some measures the mindfulness group improved significantly more.

For example, while 37 percent of the healthy living group said their back pain had eased after the two-month program, that figure was more than 80 percent among the mindfulness participants. Six months later, 42 percent of the healthy living group said their pain had at least “minimally” improved, compared with more than 76 percent among the meditation group, the findings showed.”