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Unprepared for the ‘Silver Tsunami’ of Older Adults Living with Cancer

The Conversation (July 2017) – Our current understanding of appropriate care for older adults with cancer and their unique needs is limited. As an expert in cancer survivorship and aging, I see several specific areas that warrant our attention.

The New Cancer Survivors

Psychology Today (March 2015) – Extraordinary advances have turned cancer from an apparent death sentence into a manageable chronic illness for many. But what does it mean to live with a terminal disease…interminably?

From Resolution to Ritual: Why People Start and Stick With Yoga

Fox News (January, 2015) – A pioneering study by a researcher at UConn’s Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) has shed new light on why people start practicing yoga, and what makes them likely to stick with it over the long haul. The results suggest that it’s less about fitness, and more about faith.

Cancer screenings common among older, sick Americans

Reuters: NEW YORK (2014) – Despite potential risks and limited benefits, many Americans are still screened for cancers toward the end of their lives, according to a new study.

Many Elderly Screened for Cancer Despite Doubts
Reuters Health – Although the benefits of cancer screening in elderly people are often less certain than the risks, many silver-haired Americans are still getting the routine tests, researchers said Monday.

Most Older Adults Receive Cancer Screenings, Despite Recommendations to the …(ABC News – Most adults 75 and older undergo cancer screenings, even though the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine screening for certain cancers in that age group, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Are Too Many Older People Screened for Cancer?
U.S. News & World Report – Many older Americans get screened for colon, breast, prostate and cervical cancer even though guidelines recommend against routinely screening the elderly, a new study finds.

UConn Study: Older People Still Getting Screened For Cancer
Hartford Courant – Leading health-care experts recommend against routine screening for certain cancers for people 75 and over, but a University of Connecticut study has found that physicians ignore this recommendation at least half the time.