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Elder Advocates Take Aggressive, Proactive Stance Against Malnutrition

posted 10.13.2017
Nearly one in two older Americans is at risk for malnutrition, at an estimated cost of $51.3 billion annually to treat diseases related to the condition. Elder advocates have taken an aggressive stance on eradicating this public health threat. 
 

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Clinical Trials, Key to Future of Medicine, Face Low Enrollment

posted 10.10.2017

By Lindsay Clarke

Stories about cutting-edge discoveries in biomedical research with the potential to change and save lives crop up almost daily in the news. And the public expects that such break­through treatments will be available and accessible when it needs them.


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Senior Planet Takes Tech Education to the Stratosphere

posted 09.28.2017
The winner of the 2017 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Educa­tion is Thomas Kamber, executive director of New York-based Older Adults Technology Ser­vices (OATS), for OATS’ Senior Planet training program. The award is given to an individual or organization that demonstrates continued training and education excellence in the field of aging, makes significant, long-term contributions to the field and creates visibility for exemplary training and education. 
 

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Aging & Healthcare in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength

posted 09.28.2017

By Cindy Padilla 

Rural America defies easy definition. It is large and diverse, geographically, ethnically and culturally. In 2010, rural America was home to approximately 20 percent of the U.S. popu­lation, yet about 95 percent of U.S territory is still officially designated as rural. Rural America is generally poorer than its urban neighbors, plays an important role in national issues like agriculture and energy, is frequently ignored politically and is aging—even more quickly than the rest of the country.


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Rural Older Adults Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic

posted 09.27.2017

By William F. Benson and Nancy Aldrich

Rural older adults are dying from the opioid epidemic at a higher rate than older adults in the nation as a whole, yet fewer than one in 10 opioid treatment centers are located in rural America, and many rural first responders are not trained to administer life-saving medica­tions for overdose.


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