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Study Shows Program Reduces “Daily Living” Difficulties For Frail Seniors.

January 31, 2019

Kaiser Health News (1/31, Graham) reports new research shows that Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) “provides considerable help to vulnerable seniors who have trouble with ‘activities of daily living.’” A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this month found that “over the course of five months, participants in the program experienced 30 percent fewer difficulties with such activities, according to a randomized clinical trial.” John Haaga, director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, which funded the research, said, “If someone found a drug that reduced disability in older adults by 30 percent, we’d be hearing about it on TV constantly.” CAPABLE is also a “cost-effective investment,” because for each dollar spent on the program, “nearly $10 in combined savings accrues to Medicare and Medicaid, largely because of hospitalizations and nursing home placements that are prevented.”

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