NOTICE ME: A Screening Tools for Older Widowed Men
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The fastest growing age group in the United States is older adults. In 2011, there were more than 40 million persons over the age of 65 in the United States, 17.9 million of whom were men. Widowers over the age of 65 increased 64% in the last fifty years with an increase of almost a quarter million in the last ten years. This increase in older widowers coupled with rising healthcare costs, makes it important to conduct assessments that aim to identify health and functional problems. Knowing the needs of older widowers will help identify appropriate resources to help them safely maintain independence. The purpose of this paper was to explore the needs of older widowers and to suggest a simple screening tool for healthcare providers to use in practice - the acronym, NOTICE ME.