Geriatrics

Aging and the costs that come with it

As a high school student, junior Darcey Hookway spent time volunteering on a dementia ward at a local hospital. “The social aspect of their condition really struck me,” says Hookway, who is from London. “They struggled immensely with social isolation. And now with COVID exacerbating that more than ever, I think that’s a huge detriment to their health.”

Katherine Unger Baillie

Social distancing and dying alone

COVID-19 has led to drastic changes in how hospitals provide end-of-life care to patients and their families. With strict no-visiting limitations in place in an effort to stem contagion, patients have been dying alone.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

A year of isolation was hard on older adults with dementia. Families and experts wonder how much damage can be undone

With the pandemic triggering declines in aging and dementia patients, Pam Cacchione of the School of Nursing shares a personal story about how the elderly living on their own during the pandemic face different challenges than those in nursing homes.

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The New York Times

‘We are going to keep you safe, even it if kills your spirit’

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine said caregivers act as an “extension of the mind” for patients with dementia, and as such, banning these caregivers from care facilities to limit COVID-19 exposure risks can be uniquely damaging.

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The Hill

We need comprehensive long-term care reform, and we need it now

Norma B. Coe of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote about the importance of comprehensive reform for long-term care of the elderly.

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The New York Times

Now that grandma has been vaccinated, may I visit her?

Joshua Uy of the Perelman School of Medicine said nursing home visitors still need to wear a mask when seeing elderly family members, with or without a vaccine.

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NBC News

The hidden COVID-19 health crisis: Elderly people are dying from isolation

Joshua Uy of the Perelman School of Medicine said isolation increases the aging process in elderly nursing home residents. “You see increased falls, decrease in strength and ability to ambulate. You see an acceleration of dementia because there is no rhythm to your day,” he said. “There isn’t a single part of a person’s life that isn’t affected.”

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The Hill

Older adults deserve to vote too—here's the support they need

Jason Karlawish and Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine and a George Mason University colleague wrote about the need to support older adults in participating in elections. “The votes of older adults count just as much as the votes of others, and limiting their right to vote diminishes their dignity and their legal standing as U.S. citizens,” they wrote.

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