There is an old saying among grandparents: It is nice when the grandchildren visit. It is also nice when they go home to their parents.
But many grandparents see their grandchildren every day. Over 8 million American children live with their grandparents. In one-third of these homes, the parents don’t live there, and the grandparents are in charge. In other families, grandparents care for grandchildren during the day while the parents are at work.
COVID-19 has brought tragic losses to millions of American families. It has also put many out of work. Loneliness and distress have increased. What have people learned through this national crisis?
Some people have discovered how tough they are. They have faced and met new challenges. Others have learned the people and activities that are most important to them. Many have learned to like working from home on video, not sitting in traffic.
Among older Americans, deaths from falls are up sharply, dovetailing with a surge in use of medications that increase the risk of falling, researchers say.
Two decades ago, about 57% of U.S. seniors took medications that increased their risk of falls. By 2017, that number had risen to 94%, and deaths caused by falls had more than doubled, a new study found.
The medications are meant to limit harm from serious conditions ranging from high blood pressure to depression. So, how can patients and their doctors find the right balance?