HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
The rich die differently from you and me, U-M study shows

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---The inequalities that mark American life maintain their hold through age and even death, a new study shows.

Wealthier elders are significantly less likely than poorer ones to suffer pain at the end of their lives, according to a University of Michigan study forthcoming in the August issue of the Journal of Palliative Care.

Specifically, men and women age 70 or older whose net worth was $70,000 or higher were 30 percent less likely than poorer people to have felt pain often during the year before they died. This difference persisted after the researchers controlled for age, gender, ethnicity, education and diagnosis.

Wealthier elders also experienced a lower number of symptoms overall, the study found. Those in the wealthiest half of the elderly population not only had less pain, but were less likely to suffer from shortness of breath and depression.

Still, both rich and poor older Americans suffered more than expected in their last year of life, the researchers concluded.

"Regardless of wealth, older Americans carry an unacceptable burden of suffering in their last year of life," said Maria Silveira, a physician at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, a research scientist at the U-M and the lead author of the study. "The older adults we studied who lived in the community suffered as much in their last year of life as do younger people who are severely ill and hospitalized."

Fatigue was the most common symptom, experienced by 57 percent of those who died. More than 50 percent experienced pain, and 59 percent of those who experienced pain were reported to have suffered pain at severe levels.

The study was based on an analysis of data on 2,604 men and women age 70 or older who died between 1993 and 2000. They were part of the Health and Retirement Study conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and funded by the National Institute on Aging. The study interviews a nati
'"/>

Contact: Diane Swanbrow
swanbrow@umich.edu
734-647-9069
University of Michigan
6-Jul-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Pediatricians and pathologists see traumatic brain injury differently
2. Emergency departments test chest pain patients differently, based on race, gender and insurance
3. Define diabetes differently, says U-M expert in speech for national award
4. UCI researchers find that, even at rest, mens and womens brains behave differently
5. Mood affects young and old differently, study finds
6. Body image relates to sexual risks taken by men and women differently
7. Aspirin reduces cardiovascular risks in men and women -- but differently
8. Study shows doctors and patients think differently about clinical trials
9. Asthma patients immune systems respond differently with allergies
10. Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
11. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... On ... issued a letter to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama ... The guidance issued in May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Los Angeles-based weight loss surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., ... From Not to Hot,” which will begin airing on February 24, 2017. The show ... from the 2012 reality television series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The earlier series ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... ... Dr. David Mahon leads Siena Dental, a comprehensive dental practice located at 10075 ... Patient Rated Henderson Dentist by Find Local Doctors earlier this year. ... who have earned high ratings and superior patient reviews from multiple credible sources. , ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The Center ... Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) and Cinemaworld to present ... spectrum disorder (ASD) to see films in an environment that accommodates their unique ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... HealthPostures, the desk for standing ... sit stand solutions representative to the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show which is being ... that is garnering national attention is the Minneapolis Convention Center. , From its ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... According to a new market ... Digital, Analog), MRI (Closed, Open), Ultrasound, CT, Nuclear Imaging ... User (Hospitals, Imaging Centers) - Global Forecast to 2021", ... over the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. The ... 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2016 to ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Feb. 23, 2017  As National Nutrition Month ... the Company is helping people live healthier lives ... prescription savings programs in all 50 states including:  ... Program  and  California Prescription Assistance Program . ... Columbia University for nutritious eating habits: ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... LG Innotek today announced that the company has developed the world,s ... is 1.5 times higher than the competitor,s 45mW module. ... of 200 -- 280nm, allowing it to be used for sterilization purpose. ... Innotek,s product emits UV in the range of 280nm. ... Until now, UV-C LED has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: