Parkinson's

Ask the care expert .. about silverware to help with tremors

Ask the care expert .. about silverware to help with tremors

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Do you know of silverware to assist residents who may have Parkinson's or tremors while eating? We have weighted bulky silverware, but it seems to add to the shaking.

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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.

New device may help those with tremors eat and drink

New device may help those with tremors eat and drink

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A handheld electronic device may allow patients to overcome shaky hands caused by essential tremor, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Health System.

'Landmark' discovery brings a pill for Alzheimer's closer to reality, researchers say

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The discovery of a compound that stops diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in their tracks is a "landmark" step toward a pill to treat these conditions, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.

A study that may never be done — but should

A study that may never be done — but should

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Government agencies and lobbyists are famous for conducting studies that prove a point — theirs, namely. That's why I'll be very interested to see who will have the courage to conduct one of the most important long-term care-related studies that should be completed over the coming year.

Johns Hopkins surgeon implants 1st U.S. brain 'pacemaker' for Alzheimer's disease

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In an effort that is hoped to boost memory and reverse the mental slide of Alzheimer's sufferers, surgeons placed a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of the disease. The November operation was the first of its kind in the United States.

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

Caffeine improves motor symptoms in Parkinson's patients, study finds

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While previous research has tied caffeine intake to Parkinson's disease prevention, a newly released study shows it has promise for improving the disease's most common symptoms.

Modified bingo playing method helps cognition

Playing bingo boosts more than just nursing home residents' social skills: using the large, high-contrast bingo cards also improves cognitive skills and visual perception, researchers have found.

Care transitions, re-admissions to be examined during 23rd Institute for Healthcare Improvement quality forum

Long-term care officials will have a stake in the 23rd annual National Forum of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement from Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. Nearly 6,000 healthcare professionals from more than 40 countries are expected to take part. Sessions will focus on providing more effective patient care while lowering costs. Resident- and family-centered care, transitions and hospital re-admissions will be among the conference's focal points. Top speakers will include Michael J. Fox, the acclaimed actor and Parkinson's research advocate, and Eric Greitens, a Navy Seal officer and the CEO of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization focusing on wounded and disabled veterans. Maureen Bisognano, the president and chief executive of the host group also will present.

Invest more in products for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's: paper warns

More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and nearly one and a half million from Parkinson's disease. And both totals are projected to rise dramatically in the coming decades. Yet relatively little is being spent on new products and other innovations that can help the nation deal better with these debilitating conditions, according to an essay in the July 5 Wall Street Journal. "With healthy brains, Americans will do more than just live longer, they will remain productive longer and contribute to the well-being of our nation instead of adding substantially to the costs and other burdens of healthcare," the article notes.

Lithium might have protective effect against Parkinson's disease, study finds

The drug lithium has been found to greatly prevent the buildup of the toxic proteins and brain cell loss linked to Parkinson's disease, according to a study conducted on laboratory mice.

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Using iPods to reconnect long-term care residents with their favorite music is a simple intervention with great upside potential and no side effects. They're an inexpensive tool that can have a positive impact on resident quality of life, which, in turn, should be reflected in an important subset of MDS 3.0 scores.

Mountain climbing, a metaphor for caregiving

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Recently, two leaders at Brookdale Senior Living scaled Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. The purpose was to raise awareness of caregivers' tireless work.

Barefoot seniors more likely to fall, study finds

A pair of recently released studies examines potential causes of falls. One study finds seniors' footwear to be a factor, while another looks at ways to predict falls among Parkinson's patients.

Studies highlight positive effects of caffeine on brain health

Caffeine helps us stay alert. Research suggests it also could slow the progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.