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Family caregivers need help too

Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones.

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PACE, a program to help keep older people out of nursing homes, allows Vivian Malveaux, 81, to live at home in Denver. InnovAge, which runs her program, converted to a for-profit company last year. (Nick Cote for The New York Times and Kaiser Health News)

As the for-profit world moves into an elder care program, some worry

Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind.

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America’s other drug problem: Copious prescriptions for hospitalized elderly

A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients.

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CAPABLE program allows aging loved ones to call the shots

A federally funded project that researchers say has potential to promote aging in place began by asking low-income seniors with disabilities how their lives at home could be better.

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Senior woman with black eye is victim of domestic violence

Assisted living residents with dementia abuse others

Assisted living residents who abuse other residents or staff are likely to have dementia or severe mental illness, afflictions that pose unappreciated risks in facilities.

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Behavior changes could be clues of dementia onset

Researchers recently outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioral impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.

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