Death

Investigators put faith in religious music

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Listening to religious music helps seniors increase their life satisfaction and self-esteem, and decreases anxiety around death, a new analysis shows.

Addressing quality of death

Addressing quality of death

What do you do when a resident crosses the threshold and your organization needs to address quality of death? We all know that there is a great emphasis, appropriately so, on a resident's quality of life. The flip side of that coin is providing a resident with a quality death.

MN nursing home resident dies after police shoot him with a taser

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A 76-year-old nursing home resident in Minnesota has died weeks after police shot him with a taser, according to local reports.

Absenteeism and turnover in LTC?  Death anxiety could be the cause

Absenteeism and turnover in LTC? Death anxiety could be the cause

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I started working in long-term care when I was in my early 30s and I was shocked at first when the residents died. I was used to falling in love with my patients. In order to make it in LTC, I've protected myself by falling in love in a different way.

Diabetics develop dementia 2 years sooner than others, researchers find

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People with diabetes are at risk of developing dementia earlier and dying sooner, according to recently published research.

Hospice saves Medicare dollars

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Increasing hospice enrollment would save the Medicare program millions of dollars annually, according to a new report.

Are you ready for some (neurodegenerative disease inducing) football?

Are you ready for some (neurodegenerative disease inducing) football?

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Football has become our national sport. This wonderful, tough game has been turning boys into men for generations. But it may also be turning men into nursing home residents way before their time.

Nursing: the happiest job in the world ... or not

Nursing: the happiest job in the world ... or not

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Even if I hadn't been raised by a nurse, and even if I didn't write about the basic functions of their jobs on a daily basis for McKnight's, I would probably still idolize them. That much was clear to me recently when I had the rare opportunity to witness, quite possibly, the best and worst parts of a nurse's job.

Common antibiotic linked to risk of sudden death, study finds

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An antibiotic frequently used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis is linked to a higher risk of sudden death in adults, particularly those with heart conditions, a new study reveals.

When bad policies get due notice

When bad policies get due notice

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You can thank some boneheaded long-term care executives from across the pond for the latest black eye to your profession.

Coping with a death too soon

Coping with a death too soon

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You will not last long in this field unless you learn how to deal with dying and death. They are inescapable realities in a profession where most customers are old and sick. But there is no way to be completely prepared for a death in one's own family, as I was recently reminded. My younger sister Ellen died last week. She was 41.

Double grief

Double grief

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The general public could never understand the emotional bonding that we have with our residents. Granted, not every resident pulls at our heartstrings. I enjoy watching how one particular resident will connect with a specific employee. For example, I might find a resident "challenging" while my co-worker will find her endearing.

Popular diabetes medication linked to heart attack, death

A new study links the popular diabetes drug Avandia with an increased risk of heart attack and death, which could have a considerable effect on public health, according to researchers.

CDC devises new way to estimate flu-related deaths

CDC devises new way to estimate flu-related deaths

Many healthcare workers may be familiar with this statistic: Each year, roughly 36,000 people die from influenza. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is walking away from this decades-old figure, saying the actual death toll varies greatly year to year.

Mixed bag for heart failure patients: less time in hospital but bigger risks at home

First the good news: Medicare beneficiaries are experiencing shorter hospital stays and lower rates of in-hospital deaths after suffering heart failure. Now the not-so-good news: Out-of-hospital deaths and readmission rates are rising, according to a new study. Discharges to nursing homes also are increasing.

For some seniors, family support increases end-of-life fears

Some groups of elderly people actually report being more afraid of death if they have a strong family network of caregivers, a new study finds.

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