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Aging News & Research: January 29-February 2, 2018

  • Quantity of Movement as a Measure of Engagement for Dementia: The Influence of Motivational Disorders. Giulia Perugia, M.Sc.; Daniel Rodríguez-Martín, Ph.D.; Marta Díaz Boladeras, Ph.D.; Andreu Català Mallofré, Ph.D.; Emilia Barakova, Ph.D.; and Matthias Rauterberg, Ph.D. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 112-121. First Published November 17, 2017.  SAGE Choice Open Access. Results highlighted significant correlations between quantity of movement and observational scales of engagement and a strong negative influence of apathy and depression on engagement. Click to download PDF.
  • Prevalence of Long-Term Opioid Use in Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents. Jacob N Hunnicutt, M.P.H.; Stavroula A. Chrysanthopoulou, Ph.D.; Christine M. Ulbricht, Ph.D.; Anne L. Hume, Pharm.D.; Jennifer Tjia, M.D.; and Kate L. Lapane, Ph.D. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2018, pages 48-55. First published: Sept. 21, 2017.  One in seven nursing home residents was prescribed opioids long-term. Recent guidelines on opioid prescribing for pain recommend reducing long-term opioid use, but this is challenging in nursing homes because residents may not benefit from nonpharmacological and nonopioid interventions.
  • Ageing and Employment Policies: United States 2018. Working Better with Age and Fighting Unequal Ageing. In series: Ageing and Employment Policies. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Published on Jan. 24, 2018. This report looks at the various pathways out of the labour market for older workers in the United States and at how employers can be supported to retain and hire older workers. Click to read report online.
  • End-of-Life Care Preferences in Patients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and Chronic Medical Conditions: A Comparative Cross-Sectional Study. Dominique Elie, M.D., M.Sc.; Amanda Marino, M.D. (candidate); Susana G. Torres-Platas, Ph.D.; Saeid Noohi, B.Sc.; Trent Semeniuk, M.D.; Marilyn Segal, M.D.; Karl J. Looper, M.D., M.Sc.; and Soham Rej, M.D., M.Sc. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2018, Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 89-97. Published online: Sept. 25, 2017. SPMI patients are able to voice their end-of-life care preferences, and contrary to some fears, do not want medical assistance in death (MAID) more than chronic medically ill (CMI) patients.
  • Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Access to Residential Care Settings. Michael Lepore, Molly Knowles, Kristie A. Porter, Janet O’Keeffe and Joshua Wiener. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 4, pages 351-366. Published online: July 28, 2017. Shifting Medicaid spending toward community-based instead of institutional care may require attention to these interrelated issues of residential care settings payment, supply, and room and board costs.