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Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority

Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority

Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .This story also ran on . It can beOpening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors.Boston Medical Center, which runs the oldest in-home medical service in the country, started...

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Family Caregivers, Routinely Left Off Vaccine Lists, Worry What Would Happen ‘If I Get Sick’

Family Caregivers, Routinely Left Off Vaccine Lists, Worry What Would Happen ‘If I Get Sick’

Robin Davidson entered the lobby of Houston Methodist Hospital, where her 89-year-old father, Joe, was being treated for a flare-up of congestive heart failure.Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .This story also ran on . It can beBefore her stretched a line of people waiting to get covid-19 vaccines. “It was agonizing to know that I couldn’t get in that line,” said Davidson, 50,...

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Adultos mayores sin familia o amigos quedan atrás en la carrera por vacunarse

Adultos mayores sin familia o amigos quedan atrás en la carrera por vacunarse

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Adultos mayores hispanos quedan rezagados en la carrera por vacunarse contra covidEstá surgiendo una brecha entre los que tienen recursos y los que no, a medida que los adultos mayores de todo el país luchan por recibir la vacuna contra covid-19.Forma parte del grupo de Facebook de Kaiser Health News en español...

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Are the coronavirus vaccines safe for someone with cancer, dementia or MS?

Are the coronavirus vaccines safe for someone with cancer, dementia or MS?

ADAs public demand grows for limited supplies of vaccines, questions remain about their appropriateness for older adults with various illnesses. Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives and people with autoimmune conditions.Recently, a number of readers have asked me whether older relatives with these conditions should be immunized. This is a matter for medical experts, and I solicited advice from several. All strongly suggested that people with questions should contact their doctors and discuss their individual medical...

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Jan 29
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Older Adults Without Family or Friends Lag in Race to Get Vaccines

Older Adults Without Family or Friends Lag in Race to Get Vaccines

A divide between “haves” and “have-nots” is emerging as older adults across the country struggle to get covid-19 vaccines.It can beNavigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Seniors with family members or friends to help them are getting vaccine appointments, even if it takes days to secure them. Those without reliable social supports are missing out.Elders who can drive — or who can get...

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If I Have Cancer, Dementia or MS, Should I Get the Covid Vaccine?

If I Have Cancer, Dementia or MS, Should I Get the Covid Vaccine?

This story also ran on . It can beNavigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .As public demand grows for limited supplies of covid-19 vaccines, questions remain about the vaccines’ appropriateness for older adults with various illnesses. Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives and people with autoimmune conditions.Recently,...

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Jan 27
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Vaccination Disarray Leaves Seniors Confused About When They Can Get a Shot

Vaccination Disarray Leaves Seniors Confused About When They Can Get a Shot

It can beNavigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .For weeks, doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line.“When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?” these patients want to know. “And where?”Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors after giving them first to front-line health...

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Jan 14
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With Vaccine Delivery Imminent, Nursing Homes Must Make a Strong Pitch to Residents

With Vaccine Delivery Imminent, Nursing Homes Must Make a Strong Pitch to Residents

This story also ran on . It can beImagine this: Your elderly mother, who has dementia, is in a nursing home and COVID-19 vaccines are due to arrive in a week or two.You think she should be vaccinated, having heard the vaccine is effective in generating an immune response in older adults. Your brother disagrees. He worries that development of the vaccine was rushed and doesn’t want your mother to be among the first people to get it.These kinds of conflicts are likely to arise as COVID vaccines are rolled out to long-term care facilities across the country.Navigating Aging focuses on medical...

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Dec 17
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What Seniors Can Expect When COVID Vaccines Begin to Roll Out

What Seniors Can Expect When COVID Vaccines Begin to Roll Out

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are on the way. What should older adults expect?The first candidates, from Pfizer and Moderna, could arrive before Christmas, according to Alex Azar, who heads the Department of Health and Human Services.Both vaccines are notably effective in preventing illness due to the coronavirus, according to...

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Dec 9
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Long-Term Care Workers, Grieving and Under Siege, Brace for COVID’s Next Round

Long-Term Care Workers, Grieving and Under Siege, Brace for COVID’s Next Round

This story also ran on .In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients’ cries. focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Join Judith Graham for a Facebook Live event on grief and bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. ET.“Help me.”“Please don’t leave me.”“I need my family.”Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island...

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Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care

Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care

This story also ran on .A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks as across the country.Workers are already emotionally drained and exhausted after staffing the front lines — and putting themselves at significant risk — since March, when the pandemic took hold. And residents are suffering deeply from losing people they once saw daily, the disruption of routines and...

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Nov 13
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Seniors Form COVID Pods to Ward Off Isolation This Winter

Seniors Form COVID Pods to Ward Off Isolation This Winter

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Over the past month, Dr. Richard Besdine and his wife have been discussing whether to see family and friends indoors this fall and winter.He thinks they should, so long as people have been taking strict precautions during the coronavirus pandemic.She’s not convinced it’s safe, given the heightened risk of viral transmission in indoor...

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Nov 3
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Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

This story also ran on .“Lord, give me back my memory.” focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night.Like other older adults who’ve become critically ill from the coronavirus, Walters, 65, describes what she calls “brain fog” — difficulty putting thoughts together, problems with concentration,...

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Oct 20
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Lifetime Experiences Help Older Adults Build Resilience to Pandemic Trauma

Lifetime Experiences Help Older Adults Build Resilience to Pandemic Trauma

This story also ran on .Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times. focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older...

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Oct 7
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A Pandemic Upshot: Seniors Are Having Second Thoughts About Where to Live

A Pandemic Upshot: Seniors Are Having Second Thoughts About Where to Live

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Where do we want to live in the years ahead?Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic — disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths. Many are changing their minds.Some people who planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than...

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Sep 18
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We Put Off Planning, Until My Father-in-Law’s Medical Crisis Took Us by Surprise

We Put Off Planning, Until My Father-in-Law’s Medical Crisis Took Us by Surprise

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Are you a senior who is affected by COVID-19? Tell us what you’re seeing, and help us report on important, untold stories. Contact us at .Earlier this month, my husband picked up the phone and learned his 92-year-old father had been taken to the hospital that morning, feeling sick and short of breath.We were nearly 2,000 miles away, on a...

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Aug 20
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Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’

Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Are you a senior who is affected by COVID-19? Tell us what you’re seeing, and help us report on important, untold stories. Contact us at .Every day, the nation is reminded of COVID-19’s ongoing impact as new death counts are published. What is not well documented is the toll on family members.suggests the damage is enormous. For every...

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Aug 12
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Technology Divide Between Senior ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Roils Pandemic Response

Technology Divide Between Senior ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Roils Pandemic Response

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians.These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to...

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States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts’

States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts’

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families.For the most part, visitors are required to stay outside and meet relatives in gardens or on patios...

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Life Beyond COVID Seclusion: Seniors See Challenges And Change Ahead

Life Beyond COVID Seclusion: Seniors See Challenges And Change Ahead

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, older adults are having a hard time envisioning their “new normal.”Many remain fearful of catching the virus and plan to follow strict precautions — social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, limiting excursions to public places — for the indefinite future.Mortality is no longer an abstraction for those who have seen friends and relatives die of COVID-19. Death has an immediate presence as never before.Subscribe to KHN’s free Morning Briefing.Many people are grieving the loss of their old lives and would love nothing better than to pick up where they...

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Jul 7
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What Seniors Should Know Before Going Ahead With Elective Procedures

What Seniors Should Know Before Going Ahead With Elective Procedures

July 6, 2020For months, Patricia Merryweather-Arges, a health care expert, has fielded questions about the coronavirus pandemic from fellow Rotary Club members in the Midwest.Recently people have wondered “Is it safe for me to go see my doctor? Should I keep that appointment with my dentist? What about that knee replacement I put on hold: Should I go ahead with that?”These are pressing concerns as hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians’ practices have started providing elective medical procedures — services that had been suspended for several months.Late last month, reported that 48%...

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Seniors In Low-Income Housing Live In Fear Of COVID Infection

Seniors In Low-Income Housing Live In Fear Of COVID Infection

This story also ran on .Davetta Brooks, 75, who has heart failure, a fractured hip and macular degeneration, is afraid. Conditions in her low-income senior building on Chicago’s Near West Side — the Congressman George W. Collins Apartments — are “deplorable,” she said.Residents are not wearing masks or gloves to guard against the coronavirus, she said: “They’re touching everything on the elevator, in the laundry room. And anybody and everybody’s relatives and friends are coming in and out with no scrutiny.”No one is checking on residents to see if they need help, Brooks said. And no one...

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Jun 26
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For Seniors, COVID-19 Sets Off A Pandemic Of Despair

For Seniors, COVID-19 Sets Off A Pandemic Of Despair

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Are you a senior who is affected by COVID-19? Tell us what you’re seeing, and help us report on important, untold stories. Contact us at .As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear.This “stay...

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May 28
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‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful Of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Living Wills

‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful Of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Living Wills

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .DENVER ― Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill.“No intubation,” she wrote in large letters on the form, making sure to include the date and her initials.Buck, 91, had been following the news about COVID-19. She knew her chances of surviving a serious bout of the illness were...

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May 12
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As COVID-19 Lurks, Families Are Locked Out Of Nursing Homes. Is It Safe Inside?

As COVID-19 Lurks, Families Are Locked Out Of Nursing Homes. Is It Safe Inside?

This story also ran on . focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .Families are beset by fear and anxiety as COVID-19 makes inroads at nursing homes across the country, threatening the lives of vulnerable older adults.Alarmingly more than 10,000 residents and staff at long-term care facilities have died from COVID infections, according to an April 23  by the Kaiser Family Foundation.But often facilities...

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May 4
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