Doctor’s Note: The Facts on Fractures, Falls, and Osteoporosis

May 21, 2020

By: On-Yee Amy Lo, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist I, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

May is National Osteoporosis Month. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has communication resources and educational materials available for health care providers to share with their patients. Osteoporosis facts, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, and other helpful resources for older adult patients are available on the Health in Aging website

A Female Doctor Explaining Bone Health to an Older Adult WomanOsteoporosis is a skeletal disorder that is characterized by decreased bone mass density and increased susceptibility to fractures. Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because osteoporosis remains frequently unnoticed until a fracture occurs. Falls are the most common scenario to cause fractures in older adults, which will then increase the risk of morbidity and mortality.... Read more about Doctor’s Note: The Facts on Fractures, Falls, and Osteoporosis

Oral Cancer Awareness

April 16, 2020

How teamwork between dental providers and other medical professionals can aid in early detection of cancer and increase chances of survival

By NCECE Staff
Reviewed by: Dr. Lisa Simon

An older male dental patient speaks with his male dental providerThis year alone, more than 53,000 adults in the U.S. are projected to be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer, commonly referred to as head and neck cancer, with nearly 11,000 of those estimated cases to result in death.1 Older adults are particularly vulnerable to oral cancers, which have an average age at diagnosis of 62 years. Improved surveillance and patient education can aid in prevention and early detection, leading to improved survival rates for older adult patients.... Read more about Oral Cancer Awareness

A Letter from NCECE Principal Investigator Dr. Christine Riedy

April 16, 2020

A profile photo of Dr. Christine RiedyOur team at the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our nation, its health centers, and especially our older adult population. Those over 65 who are infected with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for severe complications, including hospitalizations. Like many across the U.S., we are staying home (#StayHome) in hopes of protecting the older adults in our communities.... Read more about A Letter from NCECE Principal Investigator Dr. Christine Riedy

A Promising Future for Patients with Bleeding Disorders

March 19, 2020

By NCECE Staff

A bleeding disorder researcher in a lab holding test tubes with blood inside themA century ago, the expected lifespan for an individual with hemophilia was about 11 years. Today, hemophilia A and hemophilia B, as well as other genetic and acquired bleeding disorders, can be successfully managed thanks to advances in treatment. But new challenges have also arisen: older adults are living longer and the aging population continues to grow. The population of adults 65+ with hemophilia is likewise expected to grow significantly in the coming decade,¹ highlighting the need for clinicians trained to address the needs of older adults with bleeding disorders.... Read more about A Promising Future for Patients with Bleeding Disorders

Understanding Risk Factors Linked to Older Adult Heart Health

February 20, 2020

An older adult patient under the care of a young female doctorBy NCECE Staff

February is filled with heart-themed decorations for Valentine’s Day, but also provides the annual opportunity to focus on raising awareness around the prevalence and risk factors for heart disease through American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women movement on National Wear Red Day. 

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Though, education about risk factors, prevention through diet and lifestyle changes, and signs and symptoms has improved the chances of survival of those living with heart disease.... Read more about Understanding Risk Factors Linked to Older Adult Heart Health

Aging Gracefully Through Change

February 20, 2020

By NCECE Staff

Three older adult friends laughing while sitting down at a tableAs we age, our worlds change: our bodies and physical limitations, our social environments, our families and friends, and even the words others use to describe us transform our identities. These changes can – and often do – take an emotional toll. “Not only the loss of a spouse or children, but also an older adult’s own loss in terms of physical health and functionality,” said McLean Hospital Senior Clinical Team Manager Joan Gillis. “Maybe they’re facing not being able to drive again or they can’t live at home any longer. Having to cross names off of a holiday list, where every year the list gets smaller.”... Read more about Aging Gracefully Through Change

Glaucoma Awareness Essential to Health of Aging Population

January 13, 2020

By NCECE Staff

A close-up of an older adult Asian male with glaucoma in his right eyeGlaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because of the disease’s slow progression and minimal symptoms. Those at greatest risk for developing irreversible blindness from glaucoma may not be getting the regular eye exams that are critical for early detection. For Glaucoma Awareness Month, the Albert and Diane Kaneb Chair in Ophthalmology and Co-Director of Harvard Medical School's Glaucoma Center of Excellence, Dr. David S. Friedman shared his insight into this debilitating disease.... Read more about Glaucoma Awareness Essential to Health of Aging Population