Dementia

Eden Alternative issues dementia care report

Person-directed dementia care helps reduce use of antipsychotics, according to a new report from The Eden Alternative®.

Nutrition plays important role for dementia residents

Nutrition plays important role for dementia residents

Senior living communities now have world-class dining options and produce engaging activities for residents of all ages.

Brain injuries hasten dementia, study finds

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A great deal of recent research has explored the link between repetitive brain injury and dementia but a new study claims to have found the onset of the disease occurs much earlier than suspected.

Most older adults OK with dementia screening by phone: Study

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People who believe in the benefits of catching medical problems early or have friends or loved ones with Alzheimer's disease tend to openly embrace advanced screening for dementia, according to new research.

Reagan's speeches provide Alzheimer's clues

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Researchers say they have uncovered subtle clues of early dementia in Ronald Reagan's presidential speeches from years before he was formally diagnosed in 1994.

Change the approach of dementia care

Change the approach of dementia care

Professional care partners have the desire to see residents flourish using best care practices but lack the education. Once they begin to employ the new techniques, they are shocked to see how residents respond and how bad behaviors diminish.

Pain assessment 'insufficient' for dementia patients, researchers say

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Caregivers have no reliable means to gauge pain in dementia patients, university researchers maintain while calling for new methods to assess chronic pain in those populations.

Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

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Government investigators are calling for greater scrutiny of antipsychotics use among dementia patients in post-acute settings beyond nursing homes.

Get smart about brain health

Get smart about brain health

Activity directors and lifestyle coordinators across the country are trying to find the best solutions for residents who request "brain games" out of a desire to improve their memory and sharpen their cognitive skills.

IN2L announces study results

There was up to a 50% reduction in the use of psychotropic drugs when seniors in a continuing care retirement community received personalized technology services, according to research from It's Never 2 Late and Western Home Communities.

Alzheimer's resident faces possible homicide charge in roommate death

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An 87-year old man with advanced Alzheimer's was being held this week under suspicion of beating a fellow Alzheimer's resident and roommate to death in a Lakewood, CO, assisted living facility.

Studies find chronic illness could increase dementia risk in the impaired

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British researchers say they have found a conclusive link between dementia and certain existing chronic illnesses in the cognitively impaired, a finding that lends more credible evidence associating co-morbidities with memory-related diseases and the positive results from early intervention.

What 'do everything' can mean

What 'do everything' can mean

The day I met Mrs. Bartlett at my hospital, she was an 89-year-old long-stay nursing home resident with moderate-to-severe dementia who was being transferred to my hospitalist service for shortness of breath. Her family had never discussed what kind of medical care she would want.

Common meds linked to dementia risk

A higher use of anticholinergic medications has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Palliative care, a form of patient-centered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.

Inclement weather is here, and so is increased elopement danger

Inclement weather is here, and so is increased elopement danger

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I was fortunate to be able to spend the past week visiting London, which was a good reminder that perception of weather is partially dependent on where you are from, where you live, and whether you have invested in flannel-lined jeans and sock liners. Similarly, the implications of elopement and wandering among long-term care residents have become more serious.

'Elderspeak' study reveals prevalence: study

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Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, if the resident has dementia, or others are not around, a study finds.

A new philosophy for dementia care

A new philosophy for dementia care

While most facilities provide some level of dementia care, there is emerging evidence that building a balanced day with customized structure can make a big difference in the quality of care given, while also reducing problematic behaviors with the dementia population.

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

Major LTC insurer posts $844 million loss, shares tumble ... Kindred's quarterly numbers suggest restructuring is paying off ... Monkey study raises hopes of weekly injections to fend off Alzheimer's ... Dementia can be predicted by walking speed and memory complaints, research suggests

Also in the news for Nov. 4, 2014 . . .

Health center owner fined $43 million in nursing home patient recruiting scam ... CMS defines "one-on-one" provider training ... Men shorter than five-foot-five are 50% more likely to die from dementia ... UK docs to begin telling patients their 'brain age'

Also in the news for Oct. 31, 2014 . . .

Minnix hopes White House aging conference will spur 'huge shift' ... CMS finalizes home health payment reductions ... Dementia is now No. 1 killer of women in England

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

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Most people have some quirky food issue, whether it's gagging at the smell of fish or a hatred of condiments. I'll confess mine: I detest raw apples. Apple cider, applesauce, apple pie — they're all OK. But start slicing a regular apple in front of me or bite into one, and it's all I can do to not run out of the room. It's a texture issue, perhaps stemming from years in braces where I felt like I looked like Hannibal Lecter and developed a high level of nerve sensitivity in my teeth.

Also in the news for Oct. 29, 2014 . . .

Breakthrough could pave the way for a single-drug treatment of Alzheimer's, researchers say ... Mild brain injuries increases dementia risk in older adults ... Men who self-report sleep disturbances have higher Alzheimer's risk

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

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For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey.

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

This year, our Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing became the first center in Ohio to earn the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living's coveted Gold Quality Award. So how did we do it?

Creative activities for residents with dementia

Creative activities for residents with dementia

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While conducting a training session last week in Montana, I was lucky enough to have a group of more than 100 staff members from various long-term care departments share some excellent suggestions on how to engage residents with dementia. They're too good to pass up.

Hospice billings changed

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated instructions on coding hospice claims. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which went into effect Oct. 1, CMS stated in a memorandum about the Medicare manual update.

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%.

Nursing homes should think twice before using a well-known tool for diagnosing depression, researchers say

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to findings recently published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

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A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in an educational memorandum sent Friday via email.

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