Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are costly and deadly and becoming a national crisis, reports “The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections” by the Alliance for Aging Research. An estimated 1.7 million Americans develop hospital-acquired HAIs each year at a cost ranging from $28.4 billion to $5 billion. Roughly 45% of hospital-acquired HAIs are in patients older than 65 years. Indeed, age is a major risk factor for HAIs: hospitalized elderly patients are 2.5-times more likely to develop an HAI, as compared to younger patients. The Report warns that more than 90% of deaths from C. difficile infections occur in people 65 and older; and in 2008, 75% of HAI methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections occurred in patients older than 50 years, with 46% occuring in those older than 65 years.
The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections. Alliance for Aging Research, July 22, 2013.
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1.7 million Americans develop healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), with roughly 45% of hospital-acquired HAIs are in patients older than 65 years.
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Tip #192 - Stay Connected
Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:
• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.
• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.
• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Separately, Rush University Medical Center (Illinois, USA) researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40% higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.