Abstract: The prevalence of obesity and disability in older adults has significant public health implications. This case review discusses the benefits and risks of weight loss in older adults and outlines treatment options available to Medicare beneficiaries.
About 53 million U.S. adults have arthritis. However, the number of men and women with arthritis is growing and expected to reach more than 78 million in 2040, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
As people get older, their health care goals may shift from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life: quality over quantity. In many cases, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn't reflect this change in priorities.
Effective influenza vaccines in U.S. nursing homes save about 2,560 lives and prevent more than 3,200 hospitalizations annually, according to researchers who studied more than 1 million Medicare fee-for-service, long-stay nursing home residents between 2000 and 2009.
Older patients who receive a primary implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) during acute hospitalizations may not have substantially different mortality or sudden cardiac death rates compared with those who are discharged without an ICD.