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Nearly three in five adults (about 60 percent) experienced pain of any kind in the three months prior to being surveyed by the CDC in 2019. Among adults, 39 percent experienced back pain, 36.5 percent experienced lower limb pain, and 30.7 percent experienced upper limb pain.
The prevalence of pain experienced at each of these locations increased with age and was highest among adults aged 65 and over. The prevalence of pain at each of these locations was lowest among men and non-Hispanic Asian adults. Finally, the percentage of adults who experienced back, lower limb, and upper limb pain decreased with increasing family income as a percentage of FPL. Products - Data Briefs - Number 407 - April 2021 (cdc.gov)
Improving air quality may improve cognitive function and reduce dementia risk, according to several studies reported at an Alzheimer’s conference in Denver. Improving air quality reduces dementia risk, multiple studies suggest - ScienceBlog.com
Middle- to older-aged adults who ate at least three servings of whole grains daily had smaller increases in waist size, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels over time compared to those who ate less than one-half serving per day, according to new research. Eating Whole Grains Linked to Smaller Increases in Waist Size, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar | Tufts Now
If you are concerned about managing a midlife crisis, wait until the late-life crisis hits. Recent research has found that as many as one in three people over 60 will experience it in some form. The late-life crisis is characterized by dissatisfaction; a loss of identity; an expectations gap and the feeling that life has peaked, so it's all downhill from here. Are You Having a Late-Life Crisis? Here's What to Do. (nextavenue.org)
During the summer of 1972 when I was traipsing through Europe, Albania was a small communist-ruled country on the Adriatic Sea sandwiched between Greece and Yugoslavia that did not allow foreigners to enter freely. In fact, if you somehow managed to cross the border, knowingly or unknowingly, and got caught, there would be a good chance that you’d be thrown in jail for the rest of your life.
How times have changed. International Living Magazine offers six great reasons to now live in Albania. It’s easy to get too. Affordable. The people are friendly. It’s historic. The beaches are legendary. And so too are the mountains.
6 Great Reasons to Live in Beautiful Albania - International Living
Is it just a cold or is it Covid?
Doctors are beginning to notice Covid-19 cases that look more like a very bad cold, especially in areas of the country where the highly contagious delta variant is quickly spreading. It is not clear why common cold symptoms are increasingly being reported, though some experts suspect it could be due to the delta variant, which now accounts for about 20 percent of new cases in the U.S.
It's also possible the shift in symptoms has nothing to with the delta variant. Now that most older adults have received the Covid-19 vaccine, new cases are skewing toward younger, mostly unvaccinated, adults. Younger people have generally been spared the worst of Covid-19.
Common cold or Covid? Upper respiratory symptoms are growing more prevalent, docs say (nbcnews.com)
A new study suggests that about one-fifth of retirees will need no long-term care support at all and about one-quarter will have severe needs, with the rest facing low to moderate needs. Those who are married, better educated, white, or in better health will have more manageable needs. Learn about the resources available to meet care needs and the types of people most at risk of facing unmet needs: What Level of Long-Term Services and Supports Do Retirees Need? | Center for Retirement Research (bc.edu)
Meanwhile, For at least 20 years, national experts have warned about the dire consequences of a shortage of nursing assistants and home aides as tens of millions of baby boomers hit their senior years. Low wages and benefits, hard working conditions, heavy workloads, and a job that has been stigmatized by society make worker recruitment and retention difficult,” concluded a 2001 report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Enter President Biden who has allotted $400 billion in his infrastructure plan to expand home and community-based long-term care services to help people remain in their homes and out of nursing homes. Republicans are pushing back, noting that elder care didn’t fit the traditional definition of infrastructure, which generally refers to physical projects such as bridges, roads and such, and the bipartisan deal reached last week among centrist senators dealt only with those traditional projects. But Democrats say they will insist on funding some of Biden’s “human infrastructure” programs in another bill. Learn more: Desperate for Home Care, Seniors Often Wait Months With Workers in Short Supply | Kaiser Health News (khn.org)