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Rebranding Exercise
Patients’ quality-of-life enhancements have been shown to create a greater inducement for older adults to exercise. Read more »

Addressing Sleep Challenges
Patients’ sleep routines and patterns as well as the quality of sleep can negatively impact their daily functioning and quality of life. Physicians must be proactive in identifying and treating dysfunctional sleep. Read more »

New Technology to Detect, Diagnose AD
ClockReader is a technology aimed at improving one of the most commonly used screening tests to detect elders’ cognitive impairment: the clock drawing test. Read more »
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Editor's E-Note
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. It’s essential for providers to be proactive in assessing and treating patients for this pervasive disease.

Bisphosphonates are commonly used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Over time they accumulate in bone and are released for months or even years after a patient stops treatment. But should bisphosphonates be stopped at some point? If so, when? And, if the medication is stopped, what’s the proper course of action?

The science surrounding these questions is inexact, and experts disagree on the duration and management of bisphosphonate therapy. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, a leading osteoporosis expert offers physicians guidance on osteoporosis they can use in evaluating such treatment.

In addition to reading our e-newsletter, be sure to visit Aging Well’s website at www.AgingWellmag.com, where you’ll find news and information that’s relevant and reliable. We welcome your feedback at AWeditor@gvpub.com. Follow Aging Well on Facebook too.

— Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Bisphosphonate Treatment: How Long Is Long Enough?
By Diane L. Schneider, MD, MSc

The answer to this question is far from certain. Let me state at the beginning, there are no definitive answers. The evidence is thin in this area. In this “data-free” zone, expert opinion has driven the changes for managing patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy with stopping their medicine for a year or two then resuming it, known as a drug holiday, or switching to another medicine, which is called sequential therapy.

A higher authority may soon dictate what we do. Long-term treatment with bisphosphonates is under evaluation by the FDA. The release of an updated assessment by the FDA is expected soon.

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Other Aging News
Emergency Departments for Elders
According to an article in The New York Times, patients welcome hospital emergency departments designed specifically for the elderly and with a focus on improving outcomes and reducing readmissions.

Treatment Keeps Aging Voices Spry
Strategies to energize the voice with more breath and resonance can minimize the effects of aging that make elders’ voices weak and raspy, according to an article in The News & Observer.

Checklist Keeps Heart Patients Out of Hospital
A physician’s checklist used at a patient’s hospital discharge helps ensure patients take medications properly, understand dietary requirements, and comply with other health-related recommendations, helping to reduce the possibility of readmission and saving billions of Medicare dollars, according to an article online at USA Today.

Services Match Patients
to Clinical Trials

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, patient advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to connect patients with researchers who need them to complete clinical trials.
Tech & Tools
Digital Pillbox
The Digital Pillbox app and widget from Iconosys, Inc, a mobile safety smartphone application developer, reminds, tracks, and notifies users and their caregivers about patients’ medication, vitamin, and supplement consumption. It maintains a schedule of medications and other consumables while storing a record of past consumption and keeping users on schedule to maintain medicinal regimens via an alarm notification system that makes users aware and helps them complete daily medication routines. Care providers can be notified daily or at specified frequencies via e-mail with an electronic spreadsheet indicating medications taken. Providers can save such informational data for future reference and share or export it in conjunction with ongoing evaluation of the user’s health conditions. Learn more »

Genesis Touch
Recently introduced telehealth technology, the Genesis Touch, provides an easy-to-use Android-based tablet that offers patients and their families improved information and flexibility while delivering a richer interaction between patients and their healthcare providers. The personal health device collects a patient’s vital signs and transmits the information to Honeywell’s LifeStream Management Suite, allowing healthcare providers to track and monitor patient data. Learn more »

OneTouch Verio IQ System
The OneTouch Verio IQ System with PatternAlert technology makes it quick and easy to recognize patterns of high and low blood sugar levels so patients can take action to prevent future fluctuations. Designed specifically for diabetes patients who take insulin due to the risk of hypoglycemia, the meter enables patients to test blood glucose to allow for adjustments to insulin for meals and other activities. The system tracks patterns lasting at least two to three successive days. It features proprietary PatternAlert Technology to detect patterns that are most relevant without producing excessive alerts. Learn more »
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Conference Wrap-Up
American Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference

The American Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference, held March 28 to April 1 in Washington, DC, brought together professionals in numerous disciplines, including nurses, care managers, social workers, mental health professionals, counselors, and assisted-living facilities administrators, all of whom are committed to improving the lives and environments of aging Americans.

Programs focused on numerous topics, including discussion of the Affordable Care Act, elders’ nutrition issues, older adults’ care management, mental health concerns, assisted-living and long term care facilities, elder drug and alcohol abuse, the future of elder care, and baby boomers’ influence on aging issues.

Political figures, including Kathy Greenlee, JD, assistant secretary for aging for the Administration on Aging, and Allyson Schwartz, MSW, US Representative from Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, discussed their perception of how the 2012 election results will influence the quality and scope of elders’ healthcare in America.

During various sessions, academicians and pundits offered their views on caregiver needs, state policy trends, Medicare and Medicaid reforms, and the future of entitlement programs.

A panel of experts outlined ways baby boomers will transform aging over the next 10 years. With this generation’s expanded life expectancy, experts suggested boomers intend to enjoy vital, active lives for many more years. They expect boomers to influence the way this generation lives their later years with a continuing or renewed sense of purpose.

Rhonda Randall, DO, executive vice president and chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, said she expects baby boomers to be more sophisticated purchasers of healthcare, seeking customized insurance plans designed to meet personal needs.

Physician Recruitment Center“They want more information and control over their healthcare,” she said. “If they see something better that fits their needs, they’ll change plans. We see this as having a positive impact on healthcare—more demand means more competition, and more competition means more innovation.” She also alluded to boomers’ strong desire to remain independent, which could lead to expansion of both home- and community-based elder care.
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