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"An Anonymous Prayer"
Lord, thy knowest better than I know myself
that I am growing older and will someday be old.
nihseniorhealth.gov/ is a
Web site featuring health information from the National
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This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on
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- Adult Family Homes
Deaths in adult homes hidden and ignored [Seattle Times, Sept 11, 2010]
"The deaths of hundreds of seniors at adult family homes may have been the result of neglect or abuse, but were never investigated.
In neighborhoods throughout Seattle and across the state, hundreds have died prematurely, many in avoidable misery, while living at state-licensed adult family homes.
A Seattle Times investigation has uncovered at least 236 deaths that indicate neglect or abuse in these homes but were not reported to the state or investigated...."
Neglect and death, but adult family home stays open
[Seattle Times January 31, 2010]
How the aged and frail are exploited in Washington's adult family homes
[Seattle Times January 30, 2010]
Adult family homes in the state are seen as a national model, and in King County alone, they've become more plentiful than Starbucks stores. But the explosive growth,
fueled by profiteers and a lack of careful state regulation, is leaving thousands of people vulnerable to harm.
Regional differences found in treating end-stage kidney disease in
University Week (UW)
Aug. 5, 2010 | By Leila Gray
Treatment for end-stage kidney disease varies for older Americans,
depending on the region where they live, according to a study published
in the July 14 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- A Library of
Clippings on Senior Themes & Issues [linked in April 2010]
Cancer Fight: Unclear Tests for New Drug
New York Times 19/4/10 (by Gina Kolata)
"So-called targeted therapies for cancer are only as good as tests to
find their protein targets. And those tests can be surprisingly
Googling delay the onset of dementia? Internet searching stimulates
brain, study says"
San Francisco Chronicle,
Sunday, November 30, 2008 by Heidi Benson,
"A new UCLA study, part of the growing research into the effects of
technology on the brain, shows that searching the Internet may keep
older brains agile - it's like taking your brain for a walk.
It's too early to conclude that technology will help vanquish
Alzheimer's disease, but "our study shows that when your brain is on
Google, your neural circuitry changes extensively," said psychiatrist
Gary Small, director of UCLA's Memory & Aging Research Center."
(NIH) Web site helps seniors navigate information maze
Bremerton Sun, November 16, 2003.
Dividing geezers into groups separates boys from the men
Bremerton Sun, Nov.16, 2003; by Jim Shea, The Hartford Courant
Something needs to be done about the term senior, as in citizen.
It's too broad...
Seniors selecting reverse mortgages
Seattle Times, September 29, 2002
By Sandra Fleishman, The Washington Post
Older homeowners dreaming of ways to stay in a home and draw on its value
for living expenses, health care or home improvements are also getting in
on the action, according to a national group of lenders that make what are
known as reverse mortgages.
Condo bound? Here's how to do it right , August 04, 2002
Home / Real Estate
By Elizabeth Rhodes
Seattle Times staff reporter
Before you purchase your first condominium, let's play a game.
P-I Focus: Caring for our nation's elderly:
Like other nations, U.S. will meet its commitment
Seattle PI, Sunday, July 28, 2002;
By WAYNE MCCORMICK
LONG-TERM CARE SERVICE CHIEF
The challenge of caring for older Americans can and will be met. We are
not the only nation confronting this challenge -- every nation in the
world is seeking its own solutions for accommodating the shift in
demographics toward a larger older population.
Shifting strategies: Retirement expectations change with bear market;
Seattle Times, Sunday, July 21, 2002; By Amy Trask
"I felt just like the market - boom and then bust," Davis said.
That sentiment was echoed by other local investors, who say the wild
stock-market ride of the past five years has made them wiser, if not
How-to guides for life: Getting started with elder care:
Learn more about how to get started with elder care
Seattle Times, Sunday, July 14, 2002;
By Catherine Tarpley
Here's what the experts
advise: Recognize that your parents will likely need care some day. Get
involved in elder-care planning while they're still able to make their own
Sunday, March 03, 2002
Demographic surprise: Many more reach 60, and rise in longevity is
Seattle Times, March 3, 2002; By William Orme
Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS: Feeling old? You're not alone. The whole world is getting
older and at a
pace that has taken demographers by surprise and presented
governments with economic and social challenges, the United Nations
reports in a global aging study.
- Discount Cards? See:
Bush describes his 'framework' for Medicare , Seattle Times,
July 13, 2001
Pharmacy-discount plan draws criticism , Seattle Times, July 12, 2001.
Bibliography of Shared Medical Decision Making
Magazine February 22, 2010. "Time Health" (Special
How to live 100 years -- Lab Report -- The Map -- The Cost -- The Diet
Stays May Spur Brain Decline in Seniors
Those admitted more likely to develop dementia than non-hospitalized,
study finds, Business Week 23 Feb 2010
- Medical Decision Making
(Journal - SAGE)
Online First [by which forthcoming articles are published online
before they are scheduled to appear in print]
- Allison Arthur,
Health care: Hospital CEO sees workforce shortage as looming issue
PT Leader, 8/5/2009 6:00:00 AM
- Cain, Mary M., Robert Mittman, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, and
C.Wayne. Health e-People: The Online Consumer Experience. Oakland, CA:
Institute for the Future, California Health Care Foundation, 2000.
- Conte, Christopher Networking for Better Care: Health Care
Information Age. Jean Smith and Rachel Anderson, eds.Benton Foundation,
Joyce Dijs-Elsinga, PhD*, Wilma Otten, Martine M. Versluijs, Harm J.
Smeets, Job Kievit, MD, PhD, Robbert Vree, Wendeline J. van der Made,
and Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen, PhD ,
Choosing a Hospital for Surgery: The Importance of Information on
Quality of Care
Medical Decision Making: First published on January 28, 2010 [Abstract]
Objective: To assess whether patients use information on quality of
care when choosing a hospital for surgery compared with more general
- Eysenbach, Gunther. "Consumer health informatics"
BMJ 2000;320:1713-1716 ( 24 June )
Unit for Cybermedicine, Department of
[Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg]
"...there is an increasing interest in reaching consumers and patients
directly through computers and telecommunications systems. Consumer
health informatics is the branch of medical informatics that analyses
consumers' needs for information; studies and implements methods of
making information accessible to consumers; and models and integrates
consumers' preferences into medical information systems..."
- Golant, Stephen M.,
The Residential Location and Spatial Behavior of the
Elderly: A Canadian Example. Distributed for the Committee on
Studies. xv, 226 p. 1972 Series: (GRP) University of Chicago Geography
Research Papers, No.143.
- Goldsmith, Jeff. The Internet and Managed Care: A New Wave
Information. Health Affairs 19(6):42–56, 2000.
- Kassirer, Jerome P. Patients, Physicians, And The Internet.
Affairs 19(6):115–23, 2000.
- Kleinke, J.D. Vaporware.com: The Failed Promise of the
Care Internet. Health Affairs 19(6):57– 71, 2000.
- Lorence, D. and H. Park
Group disparities and health information: a study of online access for
the underserved, Health Informatics Journal, March 1, 2008; 14(1): 29 -
... Access to information ... is now an essential part of
consumer-centric healthcare management. To date little research has
been done to differentiate levels of health information access on the
Web by different subgroups, linking online socioeconomic
characteristics and health seeking behaviors..."
- McDonald, Clement J. Need For Standards In Health
Health Affairs 17(6):44–6, 1998.
- Mayer, M. A., Karkaletsis, V., Archer, P., Ruiz, P.,
K., Leis, A. (2006). Quality labelling of medical web content. Health
Informatics Journal 12: 81-87 [Abstract]
"As the number of medical websites in various languages increases, it
increasingly necessary to establish specific criteria and control
measures that give consumers some guarantee that the health websites
they are visiting meet a minimum level of quality standards. Further,
reassurance is needed that the professionals offering the information
are suitably qualified..." [Source]
- Moran, Donald W. Health Information Policy: On Preparing
Next War. Health Affairs 17(6):9–22, 1998.
- A.M.O'Connor and M.J.Jacobsen,
Supporting People Experiencing Uncertainty about Options Affecting
their Health [PDF monograph on the Internet]. Ottawa: Ottawa Health
Decision Centre; 2007.]
- Pillemer, Karl
Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans (Google eBook) Penguin 2011.
Chapter I (Preview Book costs about $12 as Ebook.
"For five years, Karl Pillemer sat down with more than 1,000 older Americans-most of
them between the ages of 70 and 100-to talk about lessons for living well. In the resulting book,
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice From the Wisest Americans,... Pillemer, a
gerontologist at Cornell, has culled 30 life lessons from his "experts," ranging from the
practical to the profound. How to raise children? How to think about dying? Think of this
book as 1,000 borrowed grandparents weighing in on life's various challenges. A salty
pragmatism runs throughout." — The Daily Beast
- Rochman, Bonnie
When Patients Share Medical Data Online Time Magazine,
Monday, Feb. 08, 2010
"Thousands of patients ... are learning as much online — and from one
another — as they are from their doctors. These laypeople are banding
starting websites to help figure out which practitioners to see and
which hospitals to avoid, which clinical trials show promise and which
experimental treatments are
Sedlar, Jeri and Rick Miners. Don't Retire, Rewire! 5 Steps to Fulfilling
Work that Fuels your Passion, Suits your Personality or Fills your Pocket.
- Laura A. Stokowski RN, MS
Anywhere: The Pledge of Telehealth
MedscapeToday, Oct 30, 2008
"...Forward-thinking healthcare providers are
turning to digital
solutions not only to cope with the anticipated surge in patients with
but also to shift the focus of healthcare to prevention, saving money
patients at home and out of the hospital....
Geography is no longer a barrier to care, and healthcare is
increasingly accessible to the medically underserved in rural or remote
areas of the country..."
- Sullivan, Patrick J.,
"Help for hearts: Ludlow, EJFR medics have rare 'clot buster' power for
in: The Port Townsend Leader6/24/2009
Howard Waitzkin &
John D. Stoeckle
Information control and the micropolitics of health care: Summary of an
ongoing research project
"...Information transmittal is closely related to the clinical problems
of history taking, medical records, compliance, satisfaction,
physiologic response to therapy and
patient delay in reporting symptoms.
The sociological considerations guiding the research are summarized
under four headings: (1) the problems of uncertainty and power; (2) the
definition of information; (3)
sociolinguistics and the diffidence of the sick poor; and (4)
ethnomethodology and common-sense constructs. The doctor-patient
relationship is viewed as a micropolitical
situation, in which information control is used, at least in part, to
maintain patterns of dominance and subordination.
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