Computer use and social activities like game-playing and crafting could help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.
The delirium that often lands seniors in nursing homes can be triggered by commonly prescribed antibiotics — a culprit doctors might overlook.
Patients who receive personalized brain fitness training can make cognitive gains, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of life, according to New York researchers.
A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those conditions.
A panel of eldercare experts convened by the American Geriatrics Society has developed a definition for person-centered care that aims to standardize the approach across senior care settings.
Federal researchers are so convinced that lower blood pressure goals could save lives, they've ended a landmark study more than a year early.
Black Medicare beneficiaries are far less likely to accept hospice care or prepare advanced care directives than their white counterparts, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.
Only about 30% of older Americans have control over their diabetes, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.
About 23% of skilled nursing patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to moderate or severe pain, a recent study from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services shows.
Extra sleep can help fruit flies overcome Alzheimer's-like memory problems, according to new research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Gratitude for the positives in life might improve mood and sleep, according to a rare study examining the effect of spirituality on heart failure patients.
Urinary catheters shouldn't be used routinely to manage urinary incontinence, according to new guidelines released by The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA).
We should go over selecting footwear, socks or whatever the resident prefers to wear — and to be sure that the socks or stockings are cleaned daily.
Catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to two studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
New federal guidelines that outline climate threats to the healthcare system find nursing homes are more vulnerable during extreme weather and are less resilient afterward.
Social media training improves the well-being of nursing home residents while also helping them connect with family and friends, according to a two-year British study.
A dozen top rehabilitation centers are testing whether suppressing a brain's healthy side might aid stroke recovery.
Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, the resident has dementia or others are not around, a study finds.
Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by a discovery at the University of British Columbia.
Patients with COPD should get pneumococcal and flu vaccines to manage their disease and ward off complications, according to new guidelines issued by two of North America's largest thoracic societies.
A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to recent findings in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.
Nursing homes could save money and improve resident skin care by using disposable wash gloves rather than giving traditional soap-and-water bed baths, according to recently published research.
Many older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults residing in long-term care facilities do not feel safe being open about their sexual identities, experts say.
Singing familiar songs may encourage conversation among people with Alzheimer's disease, a small study shows.
Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Current guidelines for intravenous feeding may need revisions to prevent bloodstream infections more effectively, a new study suggests.
Nearly one-third of knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. may be classified as "inappropriate," Virginia researchers found in a new study.
While it is clear that poor vision increases the risk of falling, improved vision might also increase this risk, a new study suggests.
The calf circumference of residents is a "good substitute" for body mass index when using the Mini Nutritional Assessment Short-Form, according to a study published in May.
Listening to religious music helps seniors increase their life satisfaction and self-esteem, and decreases anxiety around death, a new analysis shows.
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.
The deadly tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelter areas, says a recently released government report.
Even with advance directives in place, family members making decisions for end-stage dementia patients struggle with the trajectory of the condition, suggests a small study out of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Men over 60 who self-report memory problems may be predicting later cognitive impairment, new research finds.
Clinicians treating people older than 50 with HIV now have a new resource.
Female long-term care residents at a high risk for urinary tract infections who took cranberry capsules twice a day substantially lowered their risk, according to a new study.
Nearly half of hospitalized seniors facing a major treatment decision require help from family members, a new study finds.
There may be new help for those with inflammatory and neuropathic pain, from a traditional Chinese herb.
Vitamin E could slow down the functional decline of patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.
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 neurorehabilitation treatments for those recovering from stroke were highlighted in a December Neurology Clinical Practice report.
Older hospital patients who have low thyroid hormone levels have a higher level of mortality, new study results show.
Nursing home residents who interacted with therapy-trained animals showed slower rates of cognitive impairment and lower depression, researchers say.
Cognitive enhancers, such as donepezil or rivastigmine, do not improve function in those who have mild cognitive impairment over the long term, new research reveals.
Mobility limitations are often a warning sign for upcoming functional decline in seniors, and exercise can help, according to new research.
A new tool can predict the 10-year risk of dementia for patients with diabetes.
Seniors with dementia are two to three times more likely to have urinary incontinence and four times more likely to have fecal incontinence, according to a new study.
An individualized approach to diabetes treatment results in dramatically better results in adults over age 70 with Type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.