Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society

Structured home care program reduced SNF stays 27%, hospital finds

Structured home care program reduced SNF stays 27%, hospital finds

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A hospital substantially reduced Medicare costs and skilled nursing facility stays by providing more primary care in frail elders' homes, according to study findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Vitamin D as cognition clue?

Vitamin D as cognition clue?

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There appears to be a link between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Advance directives reach record levels, but this does not lead to more hospice use, researchers find

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Seniors are completing advance directives in record numbers, but this is not having the expected effect of shifting people from hospitals to hospices in their last days, say researchers from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Cognitive training can help in ADLs, study finds

Older adults who participate in mental exercise programs reported less difficulty with activities of daily living, according to a new study. Researchers reported that benefits were still apparent as long as 10 years after training took place.

People with dementia more likely to die at home than a facility

People with dementia more likely to die at home than a facility

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Most people with dementia don't die in nursing homes after all. In fact, they are more likely to spend their final days at home, a new study finds.

Memory problems in seniors could signal lower cognitive function, study reports

Seniors with complaints about short-term memory gaps, such as difficulty recalling recent events, might be experiencing more than just age-related changes, according to researchers. They say their new study findings could lead to new protocols for clinicians treating seniors with memory problems.