Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Better Flu Shot?

The New York Times  Sep. 3, 2014 By Judith Graham

The New England Journal of Medicine verifies that Fluzone High-Dose does indeed prevent influenza in older adults, reducing cases of the flu by 24 percent compared with the standard version.

“The truth is we have very little evidence about the extent to which flu vaccine works in older adults” because “good, randomized controlled studies have never been done in the older population,” said Lisa Jackson, the senior investigator for immunization studies at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

The CDC nonetheless continues to recommend annual flu shots for all older adults. There is no evidence that the high-dose vaccine causes unusual side effects. “If you can get the high-dose vaccine, it’s probably going to work better than the standard dose,” Dr. Osterholm said.




It’s important to recognize elder abuse and how to get help if you’re being abused or you suspect someone you know is being abused. Don’t be a “silent” victim if you’re ever robbed, mugged or taken advantage of through a scam or other fraud. Report these crimes so law enforcement can track down the perpetrators.
Forms of Elder Abuse
A recent Study of Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State (in PDF) found that 76 out of every 1,000 older New Yorkers were victims of elder abuse

Emotional Abuse: Causing mental anguish and despair by name calling, insulting, ignoring, threatening, isolating, demeaning, and controlling behavior.

Financial Abuse: Illegally or unethically exploiting an older person through use of his/her cash, credit cards, funds or other assets without permission or through coerced permission.

Physical Abuse: Slapping, bruising, coercing (including sexual coercion), cutting, burning, or forcibly restraining an older person.

Neglect: Refusing or failing to carry out caretaking responsibilities (e.g., withholding food, medicine, glasses or dentures); also, abandoning a dependent older person

You can Discuss any problems or suspicion you have about elder abuse with complete confidentiality when you call 311 and ask for the Department for the Aging's Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Age invaders reads The Economist ...

Birth rates in much of the world have declined steeply. According to the UN’s population projections, the standard source for demographic estimates, there are around 600m people aged 65 or older alive today.

In 2010 the world had 16 people aged 65 and over for every 100 adults between the ages of 25 and 64, almost the same ratio it had in 1980. By 2035 the UN expects that number to have risen to 26.

In rich countries it will be much higher (see chart 1). Japan will have 69 old people for every 100 of working age by 2035 (up from 43 in 2010), Germany 66 (from 38). Even America, which has a relatively high fertility rate, will see its old-age dependency rate rise by more than 7%, to 44. Developing countries, where today’s ratio is much lower, will not see absolute levels rise that high; but the proportional growth will be higher. Over the same time period the old-age dependency rate in China will more than double from 15 to 36. Latin America will see a shift from 14 to 27.The evolution of the economy will depend on the way policymakers respond to the new situation. It will be a world in which ageing reinforces the changes in  income distribution … (April 26, 2014. The Economist)