A study led by 3rd year health services research & policy doctoral student Linda Chyr and co-authors Chanee Fabius, and Emmanuel Drabo in the Gerontologist finds older adults in worse health, with less social support, and more limited economic resources are at heightened risk for transitioning from the community to residential care facilities or nursing homes, while those who were Black or Hispanic were more likely to remain living in the community. Read More.
Article by Brenda Spillman, Vicki Freedman, Judith Kasper and Jennifer Wolff provides national estimates of caregiving networks for older adults with and without dementia and examine how these networks develop over time. Most prior research has focused on primary caregivers and rarely on change over time....Read More
Hearing loss affects approximately 1 in 5 Americans aged 12 years or older. Prevalence is highest among older adults; two-thirds of Americans aged 70 years and older have hearing loss. Hearing loss is associated with numerous negative health and quality-of-life outcomes, including cognitive decline, dementia, falls, depression, social isolation, hospitalizations, readmissions, and higher health care costs. Studies have shown the impact of hearing loss on patient-clinician communication, indicating it likely impedes effective care provision. Although there are many reasons for Medicaid programs to cover hearing aids and related services, the up-front cost of including this benefit can create barriers....Read More
Older Adult Factors Associated With Identified Need for Family Caregiver Assistance During Home Health Care
A study led by doctoral student Julia Burgdorf with Alicia Arbaje and Jennifer Wolff in Home Health Care Management & Practice analyzes the role of family caregivers during Medicare home health visits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently enacted a policy that requires home health providers to assess family caregivers’ abilities and offer training and education. The study finds nearly 9 in 10 Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health care require family caregiver assistance in addition to care from home health care: the majority require assistance with 5 or more health care activities. Study findings support calls to develop training interventions and strengthen the partnership between home health providers and family caregivers. ...Read More
Invited commentary from Vanessa Ho, Lisa Reider and Elliott Haut in JAMA Surgery calls into question the usefulness of registries for measuring the full burden of trauma in older adults. Current registries are unable to track and forecast non-injury mortalities, highlighting a missed opportunity for quality improvement initiatives in a growing segment of the trauma population....Read More
Family and unpaid caregivers play a foundational role in the care of older adults with complex health needs and disabling conditions by assisting with a wide range of household, self-care, and medical tasks that are necessary for health, function, and community living....Read More
Editorial by Jennifer Wolff, Emmanuel Drabo & Courtney Van Houtven in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society accompanies Lynn Feinberg's review on Paid Family Leave to support family caregivers and legitimize family responsibilities in the workplace. ...Read More