Dementia

$1.2 million awarded in case of nursing home resident trapped, fatally burned in bed

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A nursing home resident in Ohio suffered fatal burns from a radiator, leading to arbitration that ended last week with a $1.2 million award.

Long-term care facilities refusing free CMS resource on dementia, nurses association says

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Some nursing homes are not accepting a dementia training resource sent by the government, even though it is free and recommended, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing.

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows

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The odds of developing Alzheimer's disease fell sharply among seniors in the United States over the last 30 years, according to research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

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

Gardening therapy helps reduce dementia-related agitation ... Senators hear about challenges in providing care for chronic conditions ... Men should do pelvic floor exercises to stave off incontinence ... VA seeks to update fire safety code for nursing homes

NSL celebrations Senior Virtual Bowling Week

National Senior Virtual Bowling Week is taking place this week in senior facilities around the country.

LaSalle Group to host grand opening of TX facility

The LaSalle Group announced the grand opening of Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak, its first memory care community in the San Antonio area. The community will host its official grand opening July 24.

Also in the news for July 14, 2014 . . .

New checklist for planning dementia-friendly nursing home activities ... Stem cell injections reduce stress incontinence ... KY nursing home reaches $30K settlement over hiring of excluded nurse

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

102-year-old nursing home resident most likely won't be tried for murder, facility faces allegation

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A 102-year-old woman faces a second-degree murder charge after allegedly killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home about five years ago.

Also in the news for June 24, 2014 . . .

AHCA applauds Senators' push for expanding vets' long-term care options ... RAND releases policy blueprint for better dementia care ... Man pleads guilty in $205M scheme to place assisted living residents in mental health services ... CMS publishes reimbursement rates for additional doc requests

Details on special lights to improve dementia care: A fish tale

Details on special lights to improve dementia care: A fish tale

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In the last week, quite a few McKnight's readers have asked me for more details about special lights that improve dementia symptoms, prompting me to dig deeper into this story. I've learned that PetSmart might be a better bet than Home Depot to get the right bulbs.

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

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The most important leadership decision in a Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement plan is not what, but who, to include, a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Tuesday.

Special lights improve behavior, sleep and eating for nursing home residents with dementia, study finds

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Installing a particular kind of light in nursing homes could soothe residents with dementia and improve their sleep and eating patterns, according to recently published research findings.

Ask the care expert ... about life safety code changes

Ask the care expert ... about life safety code changes

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I am a new ADON and heard there's a new life safety code, which I'll be responsible for. Is that true?

Dementia increases risk for  hospital readmission by 20%

Dementia increases risk for hospital readmission by 20%

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research.

Electrotherapy could be a safe way of treating dementia-related aggression and agitation, researchers say

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Electroconvulsive therapy could be a safe alternative for reducing behavioral symptoms of dementia when medication is not effective, according to findings from a small study.

Chronic skin ulcers are among top comorbid conditions associated with dementia, researchers find

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Chronic skin ulcers and heart issues are among the comorbidities that are significantly linked with the presence of dementia, according to recently published research findings.

Also in the news for May 13, 2014 . . .

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Wrong blood thinner dosage increases dementia risk for heart patients ... A sense of purpose prolongs life ... US News describes traits of bad nursing homes

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

Music that soothes the soul, enhanced by sorbet

Music that soothes the soul, enhanced by sorbet

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It's likely most of us listen to the radio on our commute to work, with a mix of announcers blathering, the latest pop music, or public radio if we have the mental energy to focus on what smart people are saying.

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

LTC achieves antipsych goal

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After years of pushing, long-term care facilities have reduced their use of antipsychotic medication for dementia, according to an April report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.

Special surveys on dementia care, Minimum Data Set coding will launch by mid-year, CMS announces

Special surveys on dementia care, Minimum Data Set coding will launch by mid-year, CMS announces

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Surveyors will scrutinize dementia care and Minimum Data Set coding in an upcoming pilot program to test more expansive oversight of these areas, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.

Aggression strongly signals pain only when dementia reaches advanced stages, researchers find

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For a person with dementia, the link between aggressive behavior and physical pain is strong only in the condition's advanced stages, University of Florida researchers have found.

Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill

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Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law.

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