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URI Researchers Get Funding for Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, gets funding approval of groundbreaking clinical trail targeting the blood vessels in Alzheimer’s Disease, to slow the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most pressing global health challenges. 5.2 million Americans are affected by the disease, with costs of care estimated…

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The Flu Comes to Rhode Island

With the flu becoming “widespread” in the Ocean State on January 2, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on unvaccinated health care workers in hospitals and other types of healthcare, including nursing facilities, to wear masks when directly treating patients. Examples of direct patient contact include entering a patient’s room, serving food to…

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Scott Fraser Becomes RIHCA’s New President and CEO

In early December, the Warwick-based Rhode Island Health lobbies for Care Association (RIHCA), a state-affiliate of the American Health Care providing legislative strategy for the state’s skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation facilities, announced the hiring of Scott Fraser to be the next President and CEO of the organization.   Fraser will replace Virginia Burke who is…

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Reed Recognizes 94-Year Old World War II Combat Veteran

Just days before Veterans Day, a 94-year-old Providence native and World War II veteran received long overdue medals and public recognition for his combat experience above the Italy more than seven decades ago. U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Armed services Committee and a graduate of Wests Point, held a special ceremony…

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AARP Pushes Back PhRMA’s Attempts to Raise Senior’s Drug Costs

  Today, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond announced that AARP members successfully lobbied against Congressional attempts to weaken recent Medicare Part D donut hole improvements with the Senate passing of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: “We hear all the time from older Americans who are struggling…

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Preventing Falls Through Raising Awareness

  National falls prevention observances are held throughout September, revolving around the first day of fall.   During this month, health care providers and senior service agencies work to raise the awareness of older adults and their families, caregivers, that falls are preventable and detail the ways one can reduce fall risk. Falling and fear of…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

AARP Puts the Spotlight on Prescribing of Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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RI Division of Elderly Affairs Hosting Senior Focus Groups

Look for consumer opinions to shape goals and objectives for 2019-2023 State Plan on Aging.  Just one day ago, the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (RIDEA) hosted the first of seven consumer focus groups dedicated to discussing the needs of older adults living in the community at the Westerly Senior Center.  RIDEA is convening…

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