Washington State Legalizes Assisted Suicide

As of yesterday, Thursday 5th March, terminally ill patients in Washington State can invoke a new assisted suicide law called the Death with Dignity Act which allows them to ask for a lethal prescription from their doctor if they have less than six months to live. Washington’s new law is based on a similar one […]

Most Brits Want To Die At Home While The Majority Are Dying In Hospital

A report by The Audit Office informs that most people in the United Kingdom are dying in hospital – even though the majority would prefer to die at home. The Audit Office explains that of the half-a-million people who die each year in England, over 66% are over the age of 75. Most deaths take […]

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report Highlights Recent Developments In Elder Care

Summaries of news about recent developments in elder care appear below. * Elder care managers: The Los Angeles Times on Sunday examined how elder care managers are “emerging to bridge the gap between far-off relatives and aging parents who may be overwhelmed by the labyrinth of medical and other services designed to help the aged […]

Studying The Risk Factors For Parkinson’s Disease

Doctors know that an impaired sense of smell is an early indicator of Parkinson’s Disease. Now they want to know if a smell test can help determine if people with no symptoms eventually develop the disease. “The analogy would be like diagnosing coronary artery disease before the heart attack,” says Dr. Kapil Sethi, director of […]

Blacks Older Than Age 65 Less Likely Than Whites To Receive Recommended Cancer Treatments, Study Finds

Racial disparities persist in cancer treatment with black patients older than 65 “consistently less likely” than their white counterparts to receive the recommended treatment, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Cancer, Reuters reports. For the study, Yale University School of Medicine researchers examined cancer treatment for more than 143,000 U.S. residents […]

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report Highlights Recent Developments In Elder Care

Summaries of news about recent developments in elder care appear below. * Elder care managers: The Los Angeles Times on Sunday examined how elder care managers are “emerging to bridge the gap between far-off relatives and aging parents who may be overwhelmed by the labyrinth of medical and other services designed to help the aged […]

AARP Report Shows How States Can Help Prevent Abuse Of Older Americans, Identifies Better Ways For Courts To Oversee Guardianships

A new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) identifies effective practices for monitoring court-appointed adult guardians, reducing the chances for abuses that occur when oversight is lax. Conducted with the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, the report follows a 2006 AARP survey showing that a large number of state courts […]

New Strategy For Protecting Aging Americans Against Infectious Disease Suggested By OHSU Research

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have uncovered new information about the body’s immune system in a study that suggests new strategies may be in order for protecting the country’s aging population against disease. The research is published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The research focused […]

Older Women May Benefit From A Glass Of Wine

Researchers at the University of Newcastle say a glass of wine a day may be of benefit to the health of older women. A study by the University’s Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, in collaboration with the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) Public Health Program, indicates that moderate consumption of alcohol in […]

States’ Future Pension, Health Care Liability For Employees Totals $2.73T, Some Is Unfunded, According To Analysis

Nearly half of states have not adequately funded their pension and retiree health care obligations, which will total $2.7 trillion over the next 30 years, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Pew Center on the States, part of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the New York Times reports (Williams Walsh, New York Times, […]