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Department of Health releases new HIV in Older Adults Quick Reference Card

Certain chronic diseases typically associated with aging may develop earlier in life in patients with HIV.

A new resource has been developed to raise awareness about the high rates of comorbid conditions that are found in the older HIV-infected population compared with their non-HIV-infected counterparts.

The new Older Adults with HIV quick reference card outlines assessments that are particularly important for older adults with HIV/AIDS. Topics that are covered with assessment recommendations include: Total Disease Burden and Functional Status; Polypharmacy and Conditions of Aging that may Affect Adherence; Mental Health and Cognitive Status, Alcohol and Substance Use; Social Support and Daily Care; Long-Term Care and Hospice, and Communicating with Older Adults.

The card is intended for primary care clinicians; social service providers may also find it useful because of the range of information included. You can view and download the resource card(External Link) here.

Did You Know?
A comprehensive study of older New Yorkers living with HIV was conducted in 2006. The study was presented at a NYS Department of Health (DOH) conference. The study, Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH),(External Link) can be found on the DOH website.

The report cites that 27% of those infected with AIDS in the U.S. were over age 50. 30% of the 100,000 people living in New York City were over age 50, and 70% were over age 40. Clearly, it won't be long before the majority of those suffering from AIDS will be, by definition, "older Americans."