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Health policies for older adults: thoughts for action

The speed of growth of the population of older adults has been much faster than expected in every country. In Chile today one out of ten persons is an older adult and in the next twenty years this proportion will duplicate. Population aging is a success of development but also presents a medical and social [...]

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The elderly people of post-Soviet Ukraine: medical, social, and economic challenges

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Dec;53(12):2216-20 Over the past 14 years, since Ukraine became an independent nation, the country has made major strides toward achieving political and economic reforms, exemplified by the recent populist uprising for fair and free elections. Despite these successes, many challenges still lie ahead, particularly in the area of health care [...]

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Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Mortality in a Defined Population of Older Persons

Conclusions: The results suggest that higher extraversion and lower neuroticism are associated with reduced risk of mortality in old age and that these associations are mediated in part by personality-related patterns of cognitive, social, and physical activity.
Key Words: neuroticism • extraversion • mortality • cognitive activity • social activity • physical activity

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World AIDS Day

International Relief and Development (IRD) has created a program called Women First,
which integrates gender-focused HIV/AIDS education with small business skills training. In
doing this, IRD makes it so that women don’t have to choose between educating
themselves and supporting their families.

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Americans Outlive English, Study Finds

“If you get sick at older ages, you will die sooner in England than in the United States,” study author James P. Smith, PhD, of the nonprofit RAND corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., says in a news release. “It appears that at least in terms of survival at older ages with chronic disease, the medical system in the United States may be better than the system in England.”

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