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Also in the news for Oct. 16, 2014 . . .

HIPAA authorization forms do not have be signed voluntarily to be valid, judge rules ... Aluminum exposure 'inevitably' contributes to Alzheimer's, researcher says ... Judge holds assisted living owners in contempt for retaliating against workers

Therapeutic program reverses Alzheimer's memory loss, UCLA researcher says

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An intensive therapy regimen involving medication, diet and behavioral changes successfully reversed Alzheimer's-related memory loss in a first-of-its-kind trial, according to findings out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Calming meds fuel dementia

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Long-term use of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia increased the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 51%.

Residents with Alzheimer's might forget poor care but the emotional damage is lasting, study shows

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A nursing home resident with Alzheimer's might forget receiving poor or negligent care, but the bad feelings created by ill treatment still could persist, University of Iowa researchers say.

More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

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Nursing homes administer largely pointless and potentially harmful drugs to a majority of residents with advanced dementia, according to findings in Jama Internal Medicine.

Also in the news for September 2, 2014 . . .

Inspectors cite LA nursing homes for dangerous practices but supervisors change reports to benefit facilities ... Feds join whistleblower suit charging that hospice billed for ineligible patients ... Magnetic pulses to the head could boost memory in people with Alzheimer's, Northwestern researchers say

Familiar songs ease Alzheimer's: study

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Singing familiar songs may encourage conversation among people with Alzheimer's disease, a small study shows.

Also in the news for August 21, 2014 . . .

OH Supreme Court hears case of woman who transferred property then paid for nursing home through Medicaid ... Nursing home video education project part of new $19 million round of NIH funding ... Researchers identify neuron issue leading to Alzheimer's sleep issues, may lead to new therapies

Also in the news for August 19, 2014 . . .

AHCA announces Gold National Quality Award recipients ... Older adults' cognition peaks in the morning ... DNA alteration linked to Alzheimer's

Also in the news for August 7, 2014 . . .

Mild cognitive impairment quadruples risk of Alzheimer's ... UK health system testing antipsychotic medication patch ... Nursing home worker admits stealing from resident trust funds ... Genworth reviewing LTC insurance claims reserves

Cataract surgery, singing can improve quality of life and cognitive ability of Alzheimer's patients, studies find

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Cataract surgery improves cognition and singing familiar songs improves communication skills in people with dementia, according to recently announced research findings.

Also in the news for July 15, 2014 . . .

Accomplice in nursing home photo scandal yet to be identified ... Cheap diabetes drug could keep Alzheimer's at bay? ... Kindred narrows Gentiva bid, raises offer price ... AIR Act would cut DMEPOS audits

Also in the news for July 7, 2014 . . .

Huge HIPAA breach inevitable, providers 'behind' crooks ... Nursing home doc has to pay back $57K to Medicaid ... Alzheimer's drug development not looking good ... Insulin pumps better than injections for diabetes care

Certain lights ease dementia

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Certain lights may improve quality of life for residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, according to a new study.

LaSalle Group constructs $9.5M memory care community in OK

The LaSalle Group has announced the construction of a 30,000-square-foot, $9.5 million memory care community designed for Alzheimer's and dementia residents.

CURRIER & Associates Inc. announces two new MA projects

CURRIER & Associates Inc. has announced its involvement in the development of two Massachusetts senior communities called Cornerstone at Canton and Canton Senior Center. CAI will develop the interiors for both facilities.

Also in the news for June 25, 2014 . . .

Chocolate vs. Alzheimer's? ... Court upholds conviction for "worthless services" at nursing home ... Intellectual stimulation helps keep dementia at bay ... Rob Lowe becomes face of LTC insurance

Also in the news for June 10, 2014 ...

Late-life depression could mean imminent Alzheimer's ... Cognition declines at the same rate in nursing homes, adult day care ... Harsh assessment for LA nursing homes ... NY audits agency behind nursing home equipment waivers

Also in the news for June 5, 2014 . . .

New LTC pain management quality measures submitted ... CMS 'provider relations coordinator' created to take questions on Medicare reviews ... Few docs discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients ... Poor sleep leads to Alzheimer's?

Also in the news for June 3, 2014 . . .

Social involvement is No. 1 influence on nursing home residents' daytime sleep ... OIG casts doubt on managed care tax ... In potential Alzheimer's breakthrough, scientists use light to erase, restore rats' memories

Also in the news for May 15, 2014 . . .

CDC includes nursing home occupancy info in annual report ... People can enroll their computers in the fight against Alzheimer's ... Heart patients' socioeconomic status does not influence risk of hospital readmission

Also in the news for May 9, 2014 . . .

Potential HHS chief gets friendly reception from senators ... Handshake strength helps predict dementia, mortality, researchers say ... 'Picky eater' cells could be new Alzheimer's therapy targets

Also in the news . . .

Women transition from nursing home to community less often ... Readmission to a different hospital increases death risk ... Deep brain stimulation fends off Alzheimer's? ... Cataract surgery reduces falls

App tracks dementia day to day

App tracks dementia day to day

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Getting insight into the daily life of someone with dementia often is a difficult goal for family members who are not nearby. There's now help in the form of a smartphone application conceived by David V. Pomeranz, executive vice president of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Adapted for all

Adapted for all

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Senior living spaces are sprouting up with accommodations for residents with a vast array of physical, developmental and other needs to make them comfortable

New test for Alzheimer's

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A new blood test reveals with 90% accuracy which people will develop Alzheimer's disease or mild dementia within three years, according to study results in Nature Medicine.

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

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Devastating out-of-pocket costs for long-term dementia care are likely to hit a relatively small proportion of families in the coming years, but many families will experience minor costs, an expert told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Having family members at meals does not improve nursing home residents' food intake, study shows

Having family members at meals does not improve nursing home residents' food intake, study shows

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Nursing home residents do not eat much more when their family members are present at mealtimes, even though caregivers provide more assistance, according to recently published study results.

Antidepressant Celexa could be an alternative to antipsychotic medication for Alzheimer's, study suggests

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An antidepressant drug could help relieve agitation symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, reducing reliance on antipsychotic medications, according to recently published study results.

Food for the aging soul

Food for the aging soul

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's requires ingenuity in the kitchen.

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