WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 -- Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet.
But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise against taking vitamin D or calcium supplements to prevent broken bones.
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 -- Reliance on caregivers doubles as people near death, and half of those caregivers -- typically unpaid family members -- report having no time for themselves, a new study indicates.
The research used a nationally representative sample of about 2,400 older adults in the United States. The study authors found that caregivers provided nearly twice the number of hours of help each week to dying individuals than to those not at the end of life.