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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.

Bill would create 'advanced aide' positions in nursing homes to improve transitions, dementia care

Bill would create 'advanced aide' positions in nursing homes to improve transitions, dementia care

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Advanced certified nursing assistants — with specialized skills in care transitions, dementia and other areas — could become important staff leaders in long-term care facilities through newly proposed federal legislation. The "Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Citizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014" was introduced Thursday by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).

Nursing homes send too many dementia residents to the hospital in their last year of life, study finds

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Nursing homes could do a better job of keeping residents with dementia out of the hospital during their last year of life, suggests recently published findings in Health Affairs.

US dementia strategy overlooks transitions into and out of nursing homes, analysts find

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The U.S. national strategy for tackling dementia fails to address late-stage transitions into long-term care facilities from a person's home or the hospital, according to a recently published analysis in Health Affairs.

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

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When I lived in Baltimore, a stray, mangy cat adopted us. I am not trying to equate my cat with someone's parent, but I was reminded of Minou's last days when reading the dissertation of Mariette Klein on dementia caregivers. Specifically, how hard it can be to know what healthcare decisions to make for a loved one.

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.

Large number of hospitalizations could be prevented for cognitively impaired residents on feeding tubes, researchers find

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Residents of long-term care facilities who are cognitively impaired and on feeding tubes have high numbers of potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, according to newly published research findings.

Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers find

Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers find

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Public reporting of physical restraint use in nursing homes caused a spike in the use of antipsychotic medications to control residents' dementia symptoms, according to a recently published analysis. These results suggest that policymakers should consider unintended negative consequences of publicly reporting quality measures, the researchers emphasized.

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

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Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.

CMS budget defines nursing home quality targets, requests an additional $50 million for surveys

CMS budget defines nursing home quality targets, requests an additional $50 million for surveys

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 requests additional funds for survey activities and lists the agency's targets for nursing home quality measures.

Blood test can predict Alzheimer's disease three years out at 90% accuracy, researchers announce

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A new blood test that predicts the onset of Alzheimer's disease and mild dementia could lead to more effective management and even prevention of these conditions, according to newly published research.

Dementia-friendly ways to worship

Dementia-friendly ways to worship

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After chaplain Alex Treitler began leading services for people with dementia, he quickly realized things weren't going well. He says those with dementia found it hard to engage with the "traditional Lutheran communion service model"— and so Treitler, the organization director for spiritual care at AugustanaCare, went to work.

Doctors warn against Aricept for dementia care, supplements for weight control in second annual 'Choosing Wisely' list

Doctors warn against Aricept for dementia care, supplements for weight control in second annual 'Choosing Wisely' list

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Clinicians should prescribe cholinesterase inhibitors very cautiously and suspend use if dementia symptoms aren't reduced within 12 weeks, according to new "Choosing Wisely" recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society.

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.

30% of nursing home residents with dementia are undernourished, new global report states

30% of nursing home residents with dementia are undernourished, new global report states

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People with dementia commonly are undernourished, and long-term care providers should take steps to evaluate these residents' eating habits and maximize nutrition, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.

Updated definition of fever could improve antibiotic prescribing practices in nursing homes, researchers say

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Standard definitions of fever do not fit the nursing home population well and could be creating a picture of antibiotic prescribing practices in these settings that is too negative, according to recently published research.

Assisted living owner gets three-year sentence for dementia resident who fell through a hole in the floor

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A man who previously owned an assisted living facility has been sentenced to three years in prison for neglecting a resident who fell through a hole in the floor and now is unable to walk.

State News

State News

NEW JERSEY - Untold amounts of money have been pilfered from nursing home residents' funds by those entrusted to protect them, and little government oversight exists to prevent it. This is one reason the state decided to intervene under a new law requiring the New Jersey Health Commissioner to routinely audit residents' accounts, officials said.

Quick antipsychotic withdrawal OK: study

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A small Belgian study of people with dementia on low-dose antipsychotics found that abrupt stoppage of the medication, rather than tapering, is a possible solution. Eighty-five percent of 40 patients who stopped abruptly were fine a month later.

Five-Star Ratings do not predict quality of life for residents without dementia, survey finds

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The government's Five-Star system for rating nursing homes does not reflect the quality of life experienced by residents with preserved cognition, according to newly published research.

Glaxo will stop paying doctors for speaking gigs in industry-leading change

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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying healthcare professionals to speak about its products, and will alter other marketing and compensation practices that are common in the industry but derided by critics, the company announced Tuesday.

Woman with dementia, comatose nursing home resident shot in possible 'mercy killings'

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Police arrested a man in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife, who had dementia, and his sister, who was in a coma at a nursing home, authorities in Los Angeles announced Wednesday.

Diet improvement is 'stronger weapon than drugs' in fight against dementia, docs tell UK prime minister

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An effort to change people's diets would be more effective in preventing dementia than focusing on drug treatments, a multinational group of high-profile physicians said in a recent letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Researchers note later start to dementia onset

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Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.

To fight dementia, learn a new language

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People who speak more than one language tend to develop dementia up to five years later than those who are monolingual, new research reveals.

Croon a tune to fight dementia

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Show-tune sing-alongs are an effective form of dementia care, new research suggests.

State News

State News

NORTH CAROLINA — A citizen advocacy group called the N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature wants state lawmakers to address the number of certified nursing assistants in long-term care facilities.

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