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Older adults who have survived COVID-19 are more likely than younger patients to have persistent symptoms, but it can be hard to distinguish lingering after-effects of COVID from conditions common in older patients. Read more»

The latest data from the CDC suggests that up to 2.5 million older adults may have been affected by long COVID, but in many seniors, it is difficult to recognize.

Long COVID refers to ongoing or new health problems that occur at least four weeks after a COVID infection, and much about the condition is baffling - but only now is the impact on older adults beginning to be documented. Read more»

Nationally, the Essential Caregivers Act of 2021 is languishing in the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.

When the Biden administration announced a set of proposed nursing home reforms last month, measures advocates have promoted for years were addressed, but the reforms still don't recognize residents’ rights to have contact with informal caregivers. Read more»

Mardell Reed says she wasn’t sure she’d get the vaccine originally — 'I was concerned about the process going so fast and drug companies maybe producing something that wasn’t up to par.' But she changed her mind 'once we all started hearing from actual scientists rather than politicians.'

With a mix of relief and caution, older adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are moving out into the world and resuming activities put on hold during the pandemic. Recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes the protection that vaccines offer. According to the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated can meet indoors without masks, without incurring significant risk. Also, they can visit relatively safely with people who haven’t been vaccinated, so long as those individuals are healthy and gatherings remain small. Read more»

Coleen Hubbard’s mother, Delores.

With the coronavirus moving through facilities that house older adults, families across the country are wondering “Should I bring Mom or Dad home?” Most retirement complexes and long-term care facilities are excluding visitors. Older adults are asked to stay in their rooms and are alone for most of the day. Read more»

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Read more»

Although professional medical societies have said for years that physicians should monitor patients' body mass index, most doctors fail to do so. But that may soon change. Read more»