WRAL: Widower pleads for COVID vaccinations among assisted facility workers after wife’s death

WRAL: Widower pleads for COVID vaccinations among assisted facility workers after wife’s death. “Anne [Hughes] was living at an assisted care facility in Pinehurst. William [Hughes] was fully vaccinated and so was Anne, but he said some of the workers she interacted with were not vaccinated. ‘There were a fair amount of fliers at the facility, where I would visit her twice a day, talking about vaccine fairs, encouraging employees who were not fully vaccinated,’ William said.”

Ghost towns: Nursing home staffing falls amid pandemic (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Ghost towns: Nursing home staffing falls amid pandemic. “Even before COVID-19 bared the truth of a profit-driven industry with too few caring for society’s most vulnerable, thin staffing was a hallmark of nursing homes around the country. Now, staffing is even thinner, with about one-third of U.S. nursing homes reporting lower levels of nurses and aides than before the pandemic began ravaging their facilities, an Associated Press analysis of federal data finds.”

Los Angeles County: Centralized Resource Hub for Older Adults in LA County

I don’t normally cover county-specific resources, but the population of Los Angeles county is a bit smaller than the population of North Carolina – just over 10 million. Los Angeles County: Centralized Resource Hub for Older Adults in LA County. “The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), in collaboration with 18 other County departments and agencies, is pleased to announce a new centralized resource hub for older adults, linking residents to 120+ unique senior services available throughout L.A. County.”

WRAL: Woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID

WRAL: Woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID. “She lived a life of adventure that spanned two continents. She fell in love with a World War II fighter pilot, barely escaped Europe ahead of Benito Mussolini’s fascists, ground steel for the U.S. war effort and advocated for her disabled daughter in a far less enlightened time. She was, her daughter said, someone who didn’t make a habit of giving up. And then this month, at age 105, Primetta Giacopini’s life ended the way it began — in a pandemic.”

ITV: Older people and men ‘more likely to suffer’ with Covid even after two jabs, researchers say

ITV: Older people and men ‘more likely to suffer’ with Covid even after two jabs, researchers say. “Older people, men and those from ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be admitted to hospital or die even after they have been double-vaccinated against coronavirus, according to researchers. The QCovid tool developed by scientists at the University of Oxford used a range of data to show that while the risk of severe Covid-19 after vaccination remains low, some people are at greater risk than others.”

CNN: FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk

CNN: FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk. “Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted Friday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine to people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe Covid-19 six months after they get their first two shots. But the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee rejected a broader application to approve booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccines for everyone 16 and older six months after they are fully vaccinated.”

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine. ” A new poll finds strong support among older Americans for requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In all, 61% of people aged 50 to 80 say the vaccine should definitely be required for all health care workers. An additional 19% say it should probably be required. The remaining 20% said no to such a requirement.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths. “More nursing home residents and staff died of COVID-19 in Florida during a four-week period ending Aug. 22 than in any other state in the country, according to an AARP analysis released today. Florida accounted for 21 percent of all nursing home resident deaths due to the virus nationwide. The data shows the state with 17 percent of staff deaths nationally during this time.”

19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?

19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?. “Nursing homes were closing before the pandemic: more than 550 from June 2015 to June 2019, more shuttering each year than the previous one, affected by staffing shortages, high costs and a decline in occupancy. But the coronavirus pandemic has hit nursing homes particularly hard, killing more than 186,000 residents and staff and pushing the industry into what experts have warned is its ‘worst financial crisis in history.’ Now, only one in four of the country’s 15,600 nursing homes is confident it can survive the coming months, according to a recent survey. ”

AP: Social media’s 70-up ‘grandfluencers’ debunking aging myths

AP: Social media’s 70-up ‘grandfluencers’ debunking aging myths. “Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble. Her daughter, a fitness coach, warned that she’d wind up an invalid if she didn’t turn things around. She did, hitting the gym for the first time and learning to balance her diet with the help of a brand new tool, an iPhone. Now 75, MacDonald is a hype beast for health with a bodybuilder’s physique and 1.4 million loyal followers on Instagram.”

AP: Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

AP: Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff. “President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the new policy Wednesday afternoon in a White House address as the administration continues to look for ways to use mandates to encourage vaccine holdouts to get shots.”