Dr. Frank Lin has linked hearing loss and cognitive problems in older adults.
Older Americans Independence Center
The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)’s goal is to support the next generation of researchers to determine causes and treatments for frailty in older adults.
Led by director, Dr. David L. Roth, the Center on Aging and Health aims to identify and track the effects of caregiving on the family caregivers as well as the elderly patient for use in planning and refining future intervention efforts.
Frailty in Older Adults: A Nationally Representative Profile in the United States (Bandeen-Roche et al, 2015): A large-scale nationally representative study of older Americans found that 15% are frail and 45% are prefrail, whith a higher prevalence of frailty at older ages and among women. The researchers found striking racial disparities, with blacks and Hispanics more than 50% more likely to be frail than whiles, as well as a heightened frailty prevalence among poorer Americans and wide regional differences in the prevalence of frailty. (PubMed link to article)
Dr. Frank Lin was recently awarded a 5 year, $2.5 M grant from the NIH to develop and implement a community health worker model for providing hearing care to older adults. This grant will be conducted in collaboration with muliple Hopkins faculty including Laura Gitlin, Haera Han, Sarah Szanton, and Sara Mamo. This research will also inform curent activities of a nonprofit organization, AccessHEARS, which Dr. Lin co-founded last year and has as its mission to provide accessible and affrodable hearing services to adults. (Dr. Lin's website)
Frailty Assessment Instruments: Systematic Characterization of the Uses and Contexts of Highly-Cited Instruments (Buta et al, 2015): A comprehensive review of the frailty research literature identified a wide array of frailty assessment instruments, and systematically categorized the purposes and contexts of use for highly-cited instruments. Frailty instruments were most commonly used to assess the risk for adverse health outcomes in older adults. (PubMed link to article)
Helping a disabled family member can be good for you! Most family caregivers report experiencing benefits from their caregiving experiences, and many even enjoy health benefits, such as reduced mortality. (PubMed link to article)