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.
The vocalizations of geriatric rats have provided speech language pathologists with new information on how seniors can strengthen their voices.
Mortality rates have declined for patients with advanced heart failure during the past two decades, according to new research from UCLA. Still, a third of patients do not survive more than three years after being diagnosed with advanced heart failure, investigators said.
Adult day services can literally be a lifesaver to family caregivers living with seniors with dementia, according to new research.
Skilled nursing facility administrators need to do a complete review of antibiotics to better combat multi-drug resistant organisms, an infection control expert said in May.
While exercise has been shown to boost mental health among fit seniors and younger adults, a study out of the United Kingdom indicates mild exercise is not effective in reducing depression among nursing home residents.
In another boost for fish oil, a study has found it enhances the function of B cells, which can benefit immunocompromised individuals.
Stomach acid is often treated with medications such as Pepcid, but that could put long-term care residents or hospitalized patients at risk for Clostridium difficile, according to a new analysis.
Residents who want a room humid should be obliged because higher humidity levels can significantly reduce the infectiousness of influenza virus particles released by coughing, research shows.
Older adults who gained the most fat in their thighs and lost the most thigh muscle were at the greatest risk for a clinically meaningful decline in walking speed in a Wake Forest study of more than 2,000 adults between the ages of 70 and 79.
Boosting the mood of seniors helps them do better on decision-making and working-memory tests, researchers have found. In the first study to demonstrate how a positive mood can help older adults with brain tasks, scientists examined 46 adults ages 63 to 85. Half were given a thank-you card and two small bags of candy tied with a red ribbon when they arrived at the lab. The other half were not.
Obese people may be prone to asthma because of a hormone called leptin, a new Columbia University study has found.
A major clinical trial out of the United Kingdom points a new direction for treating a common form of kidney disease.
Piling onto the concerns about off-label use of antipsychotics, a new study has found four of the most common medications lack safety and effectiveness in older adults.
Adults over age 65 are being pushed with more emphasis to get the whooping cough (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis/Tdap) vaccine, which researchers have found to be as safe and effective in the senior population as a traditional tetanus and diphtheria vaccine.