Healthcare Professional Resources

Press Room

Cancer’s Effects Felt Most by Older Adults, But Innovation Offers Hope

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 21st, 2015

Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Silver Book® Volume on Cancer’s Impact and the Promise of Advances in Research


Survey Reveals How AFib Patients Age 65+ View Risks, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 23rd, 2015

Results Show Patient Concern about Stroke Risk Has Risen Over Time  

Publications


Health Care Professional Resources

Celebrating a Year Without a Stroke: Tips for you to simply talk with your atrial fibrillation patients about stroke prevention

Date: 2016

The risk of stroke from atrial fibrillation (AFib) is real, and can quickly change a patient's life. As you know, the scientific evidence confirms that oral anticoagulation is highly effective at reducing stroke risk. Yet, elderly patients are too often under-anticoagulted, owing in part to their lack of understanding about stroke risk and the value of anticoagulation. This tip sheet offers talking points to help health care professionals help their patients to better understand why anticoagulation is critical and how adherence will allow them to celebate more years without a stroke.

 



Document

Malnutrition: Healthcare Professional Tip Sheet

Date: 2016

Many cases of malnutrition go undetected because the signs are subtle, those at risk are often difficult to recognize, and the symptoms may look like a normal part of aging.  This tip sheet helps healthcare professionals identify at-risk patients, screen for malnutrition, and personalize a treatment plan if necessary.  The tear-off section is for patients and includes additoinal resources and information.



Health Care Professional Resources

Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: A pocket guide to current guidelines and recommendations

Date: 2014

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) affects around 5% of patients age 65 and older and 10% of patients age 80 or older.  AFib is associated with a 5-fold risk of stroke so patients with AFib are often treated with anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy, both of which increase the risk of bleeding.  Examining individual patient risk factors can help providers manage bleeding risk while reducing risk of stroke in patients with AFib.  This pocket guide outlines the similarities and differences in current AFib guidelines, as well as efforts from major medical organizations to guide decision-making for stroke prevention in AFib (SPAF).




Fact Sheet

Practical Facts for Health Care Providers: Assessing and Treating Persistent Pain in Older Patients

Date: 2009

Persistent pain is a common problem in older adults, yet many are reluctant to discuss it with their health care provider. They may see pain as an inevitable part of aging, or believe it’s not possible to relieve their symptoms.

Many times it is left up to the health care provider to ask questions of their elderly patients and figure out if pain is a problem. This fact sheet is a summary of the 2009 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guidelines on the management of persistent pain in older persons. It highlights the AGS panel's main recommendations on assessing and treating persistent pain.

You may also want to share our patient brochure that provides important pain management information.



Health Care Professional Resources

Women and Heart Disease: What They Need You to Tell Them—A Physician's Guide

Date: 2006

This guide gives tips on starting a heart healthy conversation with patients and helps bridge the awareness gap about women and heart disease.

You can also share this quiz with your patients to help them learn more about their heart health.  That print quiz is also available on-line.

Blog

HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.


Pocket Films Part of Cardio-Visual App Video Library

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 6th, 2015

Four Alliance pocket films have been included in the video library of the Cardio-Visual multimedia platform. 


What You Need to Know about Venous Thromboembolism

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 14th, 2015

We share some info about a condition that affects 600,000 Americans each year.


Not a Part of Normal Aging

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: January 26th, 2010

Even though it’s a serious condition that typically leads to death after the onset of serious symptoms (such as angina and syncope), aortic stenosis (AS) is under-diagnosed—and even more scary—under-treated.


New Documentary Helps to Debunk Stereotypes of Old Age

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 16th, 2008

Last Thursday morning during my usual routine of eating breakfast while listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” movie critic Kenneth Turan was discussing a new documentary, Young at Heart.

Newsletter

The Alliance Releases Community Workshop Kit for Vaccines

Date: December 13th, 2016

Older adults are very susceptible to the dangers of the flu, which is why the Alliance launched the "Our Best Shot" campaign to highlight the importance of vaccinations for older adults. The campaign features a workshop kit for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on vaccines basics.