Health and Retirement Study

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As retirement age creeps up, health of those close to retirement is getting worse

October 3rd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Ten years from now, Americans born in 1960 will be able to start collecting their full Social Security retirement check, at the age of 67. That’s two years later than their parents, because of a change in the federal…

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Adjusting psychiatric meds may reduce fall risk in older adults

May 1st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Simply adjusting the dose of an older adult’s psychiatric medication could reduce his or her risk of falling, a new University of Michigan study suggests. The study found that a moderate increase in depressive symptoms among people over 65 was…

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Unpaid bills & charity care dropped by nearly half at Michigan hospitals soon after Medicaid expanded

January 30th, 2017

U-M findings from official Healthy Michigan Plan evaluation show financial impact on hospitals that serve all Michiganders ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For decades, hospitals across Michigan have written off the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of healthcare…

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Dementia on the downslide, especially among people with more education, study finds

November 21st, 2016

Positive brain health trend may cushion blow on society, but doesn’t lessen impact on individual patients and caregivers, U-M researchers say ANN ARBOR, MI — In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American…

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What makes a patient more likely to end up back in the hospital? Study finds surprising role for social factors

November 17th, 2016

Social determinants of health and disability raise readmission risk differently for the three conditions Medicare focuses on for hospital payment   ANN ARBOR—No patient who just got out of the hospital wants to end up there again soon. Whoever’s paying…

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ISR professor to lead research education at new Alzheimer’s center

October 20th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Kenneth Langa, an expert on chronic disease in older adults and professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, has been chosen to help guide research education at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center. The center is…