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Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older: survey

Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older: survey

Health
NEW YORK -- The great majority of people newly hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York are either retired or unemployed and were avoiding public transit, according to a new state survey, the first such look at people still getting seriously ill despite six weeks of severe social distancing. The survey of 1,269 patients admitted to 113 hospitals over three recent days confounded expectations that new cases would be dominated by essential workers, especially those regularly traveling on subways and buses. Retirees accounted for 37% of the people hospitalized. Another 46% were unemployed. Almost three-quarters were 51 years or older. Only 17% were working. Only 4% were still using public transportation in their daily life, they survey found, though it also noted that information on tra...
Coronavirus: How to stay in virtual touch with older relatives

Coronavirus: How to stay in virtual touch with older relatives

Technology
As the government encourages "social distancing" in the fight against coronavirus, older people are facing the prospect of being told to stay at home for weeks.But what if a parent or older person in your life, doesn't already have access to video calling tech?"You might want to consider getting a specialised device to make video calls to your loved ones," says Kate Bevan, editor of computing at Which?, the consumer magazine."Once they're set up, they're very simple to use but you do have to dig through settings in their apps to connect them and that's not always as straightforward as it might be," she says."Give yourself plenty of time to familiarise yourself with doing that so that you can help your relative through the process...
Geriatric conditions pose added danger for older heart patients in ICU

Geriatric conditions pose added danger for older heart patients in ICU

Health
Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Many older people undergoing treatment in hospital cardiac intensive care units have other health problems, take multiple medications for these conditions and may be frail or have cognitive impairment. The American Heart Association, in a scientific statement published Monday in the journal Circulation, is urging clinicians to "treat the whole patient" when providing care to these patients. The statement offers guidance on the management of common geriatric conditions such as frailty and cognitive impairment in patients undergoing treatment for a variety of heart conditions, including heart attack, heart failure and pulmonary embolism. It notes that many other health problems plaguing older people may inadvertently worsen while in the cardiac ICU. "Treating the whole pat...
Half of all older adults are worried about dementia, survey says

Half of all older adults are worried about dementia, survey says

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Nearly half of American adults between age 50 and 64 fear they will develop dementia, a new analysis has revealed. In study published Friday in the journal JAMA Neurology, University of Michigan researchers report that 48.5 percent of 1,019 respondents to the school's National Poll on Healthy Aging feel they were at least somewhat likely to be diagnosed with cognitive decline. Another 4.2 percent felt they were "very likely" to develop some form of dementia. "Memory loss is often a big concern for people as they age," study co-author Donovan Maust, director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the University of Michigan, told UPI. "While there has been a lot of scientific focus on early diagnosis and early treatment of dementia, there are still no effective treatments....
Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Health
Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests - and parts of southern and south-west England are "hotspots".There are around 3,000 cases of the disease - a bacterial infection carried by ticks - each year in the UK. But experts say everyone should become aware of the characteristic bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms.More than 2,300 hospital patients with the condition were analysed between 1998 and 2015.Of all the cases identified in the BMC Public Health study, 60% were women or girls.On the upNew cases peaked between six and 10 years old and between 61 and 65.Almost all the 1,877 patients who gave information were white.Cases overall have gone up - from 0.08 per 100,000 in 1998 to 0.53 per 100,000...