Diet

The high costs of bad health among front line caregivers

The high costs of bad health among front line caregivers

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We are what we eat, and there's a lot of evidence that our nursing home workforce is struggling to be good.

CMS distributes video on dining standards that encourage less restrictive diets

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently began promoting nursing home dining practice recommendations that stress resident choice and urge providers to use caution with restricted diets.

Gold-medal intern wins fans

Gold-medal intern wins fans

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Fairhaven Manor's Amy Kotterman wasn't sure her incoming graduate student intern was the Katie Smith until receiving an unusual voicemail. Smith called to say she would miss a day of her upcoming rotation to attend a USA Basketball board meeting.

Difficult eaters ahead

Difficult eaters ahead

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Food. I eat it, savor it, crave it and can't seem to live without it — and I suspect I'm not alone. Talk to any long-term care resident, and he or she will almost certainly list it as one of the most important factors in his or her dissatisfaction, right behind the low quality of the coffee and the bad attitude of that new aide who hands out meds like the recipients have leprosy.

Diet restrictions might not matter after a certain age, study finds

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Restricting the diet of people 75 and older may not make them healthier, according to a recent study.

Your big fat Greek retirement community

Your big fat Greek retirement community

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The New York Times Magazine article "The Island Where People Forget to Die" describes a Greek island that has the healing properties of the island from the TV show "Lost" and all the senior-friendly attributes of an absurdly high-end continuing care retirement community.

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory

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There's something comforting about an expert on aging living to 89. I'm not saying that gerontologist Reubin Andres had all the answers, or that we should see him as the sole test case of proving his theories. But his longevity helps.

You're getting sleepy

You're getting sleepy

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Sleep quality, or a lack thereof, will no doubt be familiar to anyone who has children. Even if without progeny, some of you might relate to the following.