Remembering the Needs of Older Adults in the Opioid Debate: A Conversation with Terry Fulmer and Cary Reid

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

America’s opioid epidemic has reached crisis proportions, enough so that last week the United States Surgeon General took the unprecedented step of sending a letter to 2.3 million American health care professionals asking them to take a pledge to “turn the tide” on the opioid crisis. Relieving pain is an essential element of good care, […]

The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Monday, September 12th, 2016

People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.3 years, on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For many, then, senior living includes carefully managing chronic conditions in order to stay healthy. […]

Study: Long Term Opioid Use Rare After Surgery

Monday, September 12th, 2016

It’s become a popular belief that many people become addicted to opioid pain medication after surgery. According to a recent national survey, one in ten pain patients believe they became addicted or dependent on opioids after they started taking them for post-operative pain. But a large new study in Canada found that long term opioid […]

New opioid use among older adults with COPD linked to increased risk for respiratory-related death

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who start using opioids have a more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, St. Michael’s Hospital researchers have found. When researchers looked specifically at more potent opioids, they found the risk for respiratory-related death was five times higher for new […]

Prevent Delirium And You May Reduce Dementia Risk: 10 Tips For Seniors Before Surgery

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Delirium—a state of confusion that develops suddenly, often following an acute illness or hospitalization—is estimated to impact more than 2.5 million older adults in the U.S. every year, though it often goes undetected. Post-operative delirium, or delirium that sets in after a surgical procedure, impacts as many as 50% of elders at an estimated cost […]

Opioids And Older Adults: Addressing Both The Epidemic And Undertreated Pain

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Today, federal and state governments, as well as hospitals and clinics, are struggling with the country’s devastating opioid epidemic. With prescription pain medication abuse a driving factor, the focus has mostly been on younger and middle-aged people and restricting drug access. However, millions of older people experience chronic, even debilitating pain and desperately need relief. […]

New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Dr. Cary Reid of TRIPLL was quoted in a New York Times article titled, “New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone”, commenting on the importance of proper treatment of chronic pain and the reluctance of older adults to use opioid medication. Read Full article here.

Could Thinking Positively About Aging Be The Secret Of Health?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The dictionary defines ageism as the “tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.” But research indicates that ageism may not just be ill-informed or hurtful. It may also be a matter of life and death. Not that it’s literally killing people. Researcher Becca Levy, a professor of epidemiology and […]

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Cathleen Schine, author of They May Not Mean To, says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Click here to read NPR Fresh Air interview with Catherine Schine, air date July 18, 2016.  

Alzheimer’s May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease may affect people’s ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows. Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned. For the three-year study, the researchers tested two groups of adults who were […]