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Reducing Fall Risk
Evaluate patients’ strength, balance, and mobility to determine fall risk and develop exercise therapies to prevent decline.
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Careful Attention to Aging Skin
Older adults’ dry skin can be simply a sign of age-related skin changes. But it can also signify underlying medical conditions. Physicians’ vigilance related to skin changes is warranted.
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Making the Case
for Antipsychotics Use

Physicians deciding whether to prescribe an antipsychotic medication should look at the whole picture with consideration of the severity of a patient’s symptoms.
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Editor's E-Note
Providers should remain aware of the impact visual impairment has on older adults’ risk of fractures. A recent study indicated that for patients aged 65 and older, cataract surgery lowered the risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure when compared with patients with cataracts who had not undergone cataract surgery.

Because of the efficacy of cataract removal in helping to reduce fracture risk and its cost-effectiveness, it may provide a promising and realistic alternative to the visual impairment that challenges many older adults’ postural balance and stability.

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
Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Odds of Hip Fracture

Medicare patients aged 65 and older who underwent cataract surgery had a lower risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure when compared with patients with cataracts who did not have cataract surgery, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Visual impairment has been found to be strongly associated with an increased risk of fractures, a significant cause of illness and death in the elderly population. “Specifically, vision plays an important role in providing a reference frame for postural balance and stability, and cataract-induced changes in vision have been found to be associated with postural instability,” according to background information in the article.

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Other Aging News
One-Half of Doctors Report Burnout Symptoms
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, the Affordable Care Act is ratcheting up the pressure on frontline physicians, resulting in a high incidence of burnout.

Doctor Shortage May Worsen With Health Law
In addition to prompting physician burnout, according to an article in The New York Times, the Affordable Care Act is likely to dramatically exacerbate the country’s physician shortage.

Ad Campaign Portrays Caregivers' Call for Help
Caregivers are often emotionally, financially, and physically stretched to the limits of their abilities. Physicians need to offer educational and respite opportunities to ease the caregiving burden, according to an article in USA Today.

VA Plans Medical Foster Homes for Wyoming Veterans
Medical foster homes offer an attractive care alternative to nursing homes, according to an article in the Casper Star-Tribune.
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Physician Recruitment Center
Today's Diet & Nutrition
Tech & Tools
eVO System Stationary Cycle
Manufactured by Therapy Motions, this motorized full-body motion stationary cycle for disabled or debilitated individuals offers exercise options to those with little or no voluntary movement and who are incapable of operating exercise equipment on their own. The apparatus’ reciprocating alternating arm and leg action delivers therapeutic benefits simultaneously to both the upper and lower limbs, promoting rehabilitation from chronic physical debilitation. It also can be used to improve general health and overall wellness. Learn more »

coldfront Cooling Palm Packs
Designed to combat menopause-related hot flashes, coldfront is hormone free, easy to use, and has no side effects. This 21st-century technology provides a personal cooling system, including two cooling palm packs that remain soft to the touch even at subzero temperatures. Also included is a super-absorbent quick-drying reusable cloth to keep users dry and help keep makeup in place. Cool coldfront in the freezer overnight or for at least 12 hours. Then keep it handy in a purse, briefcase, or backpack. Learn more »
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