In their article “Population Ageing: the timebomb that isn’t?” in the BMJ (2013, 347), Spijker and MacInnes (SM) make a significant contribution to the debate about the challenges of ageing societies. Recognising that the largest share of the (health care) costs associated with ageing fall in the last few years before death, relating the share of population with a life expectancy of less than 15 years to the working population (the REDR, Real Elderly Dependency Ratio) is an important innovation. It takes the work of Scherbov and others on measuring ageing one step further, and highlights the problem of measuring salient features of ageing populations by chronological age only, as exemplified chiefly by the traditional Old Age Dependency Ratio (OADR).
The heavier you are in middle age the more likely you are to have difficulty taking care of yourself in older age, an analysis shows, with problems bathing and dressing increasing as people become more overweight.
The word is out, Americans want to remain in their own home, surrounded by familiar people and belongings as they age. They want to stay in the neighborhood they know, surrounded by neighbors they trust. What’s more, the demands of being actively engaged in every-day home related tasks may actually serve to maintain independence and stability. It is aging-in-place, and it’s a win-win!
Nobody looks forward to “The Talk” with elderly parents – you know the one, about how well or even if they should be driving. Maybe it doesn’t have to be that bad, but for sure there’s a Generation Gap in perceptions about having that conversation. According to surveys conducted by Liberty Mutual [...]
It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot the Hollywood hills. Here by the shore, curlews and sandpipers cluster on the damp sand. A few metres back from the water’s edge, a handful of people sit cross-legged: members of a local Buddhist centre about to begin an hour-long silent meditation.
The webinar “The Crisis, an opportunity to become age-friendly” was dedicated to local and regional authorities that have seen the current financial and economic situation as an opportunity to implement age-friendly initiatives in order to address some shortfalls and to turn challenges into new opportunities to become more age-friendly and sustainable.
Sean McWilliam (21), who is studying Product Design at Gray’s School of Art, has created a special frame, which sits under the cushion of a chair or sofa and allows the person to tilt gently forward to aid standing up.
The former Gordon Schools pupil explained: “All that is visible is two arms that have handles attached. As the user holds onto the handles and leans a little forward, the curvature of the design takes over and allows them to tilt forward.
Somewhere behind the Philippines’ largest shopping mall, hidden from the bustle of modern city life, lies a place where some of the country’s elderly go to wait for absolution. No, they are not sinners; these senior citizens were once lost in the streets of Metro Manila seeking missing loved ones or perhaps in search of a dignity they are wishing to regain; some of them, imprisoned by their very minds or frail bodies.
GRACES is home to senior citizens rescued from the streets or from families that can no longer take care of them.
“The elderly have a suicide rate that is twice the rate among youth but make relatively few non-fatal suicide attempts. Greater overall frailty and increased likelihood of physical illnesses contribute to the lethality of suicide attempts in older adults.” — The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Researchers have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of a rapidly ageing society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia.
What does the future hold for renal denervation? Profile: Prof. Deepak L. Bhatt MD MPH FACC FAHA FESC
SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial: what is it and what does it mean?
Was there real denervation in the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial?
Wireless echocardiography: a step towards the future
Book Review Eugene Braunwald and the rise of modern medicine
Book Review Hypertension: a clinical guide
Luis M. Ruilope
Renin-angiotensin system blockade: time for a reappraisal? Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1703-1705 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu129
Thomas F. Lüscher and Felix Mahfoud
Renal nerve ablation after SYMPLICITY HTN-3: confused at the higher level? Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1706-1711 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu195
Ruth Peters, Nigel Beckett, Terry McCormack, Robert Fagard, Astrid Fletcher, and Christopher Bulpitt Treating hypertension in the very elderly—benefits, risks, and future directions, a focus on the hypertension in the very elderly trial Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1712-1718 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/eht464
Carmel M. McEniery, John R. Cockcroft, Mary J. Roman, Stanley S. Franklin, and Ian B. Wilkinson Central blood pressure: current evidence and clinical importance Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1719-1725 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/eht565
Mandeep Singh, Ralph Stewart, and Harvey White Importance of frailty in patients with cardiovascular disease Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1726-1731 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu197
Harikrishna Makani, Sripal Bangalore, Azhar Supariwala, Jorge Romero, Edgar Argulian, and Franz H. Messerli Antihypertensive efficacy of angiotensin receptor blockers as monotherapy as evaluated by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring: a meta-analysis Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1732-1742 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/eht333
Koon K. Teo, Marc Pfeffer, Giuseppe Mancia, Martin O'Donnell, Gilles Dagenais, Rafael Diaz, Antonio Dans, Lisheng Liu, Jackie Bosch, Philip Joseph, Ingrid Copland, Hyejung Jung, Janice Pogue, Salim Yusuf, and on behalf of the Aliskiren Prevention of Later Life Outcomes trial Investigators Editor's Choice: Aliskiren alone or with other antihypertensives in the elderly with borderline and stage 1 hypertension: the APOLLO trial Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1743-1751 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu079
Murray D. Esler, Michael Böhm, Horst Sievert, Christian L. Rump, Roland E. Schmieder, Henry Krum, Felix Mahfoud, and Markus P. Schlaich Editor's Choice: Catheter-based renal denervation for treatment of patients with treatment-resistant hypertension: 36 month results from the SYMPLICITY HTN-2 randomized clinical trial Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1752-1759 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu209
Coronary artery disease
Emmanuel Sorbets, Julien Labreuche, Tabassome Simon, Laurent Delorme, Nicolas Danchin, Pierre Amarenco, Shinya Goto, Christophe Meune, Kim A. Eagle, Deepak L. Bhatt, and Philippe Gabriel Steg Renin-angiotensin system antagonists and clinical outcomes in stable coronary artery disease without heart failure Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1760-1768 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu078
Marat Fudim, Eugene W. Ely, Cheryl L. Laffer, and Fernando Elijovich Diagnosis of pheochromocytoma on physical examination Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1705 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/eht536
Jose Alberto de Agustin, Jose Juan Gomez de Diego, Ivan Javier Nuñez-Gil, Carlos Macaya, and Leopoldo Perez de Isla Aortic dissection caused by intra-aortic balloon pumping Eur Heart J (2014) 35 (26): 1718 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu010
Hugh Senior is an epidemiologist at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Matthew Parsons is a gerontologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Their paper Promoting independence in frail older people: a randomised controlled trial of a restorative care service in New Zealand has recently been published inAge and Ageing journal.
Neurobiology of Aging publishes the results of studies in behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, endocrinology, molecular biology, morphology, neurology, neuropathology, pharmacology, physiology and protein chemistry in which the primary emphasis involves mechanisms of nervous system changes with age or diseases associated with age. Reviews and primary research articles are included, occasionally accompanied by open peer commentary. Letters to the Editor and brief communications are also acceptable. Brief reports of highly time-sensitive material are usually treated as rapid communications in which case editorial review is completed within six weeks and publication scheduled for the next available issue. The accepted abbreviation for Neurobiology of Aging for bibliographic citation is Neurobiol.
✏ a sustainable network of relevant sectors and stakeholders in the area of active and healthy ageing;
✏ a higher level of awareness amongst the general public and specific target groups of the needs and benefits of developing an AHA strategy;
✏ an analysis of the situation and the specific challenges in Slovenia with an overview and a comparative analysis of possible solutions (good practice examples, models, legislative measures, etc.). This process will be actively supported by selected Member States, WHO/Europe, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and other international organizations.