Dementia

Also in the News for Thursday, May 10

Rarely used drugs to be removed from 2018 Beers criteria ... Greystone finances three-property, $75 million Optima deal in NY ... 6 things to do to support residents living with dementia.

Dining and dementia: CBV's Silver Spoon Club puts on the pounds, cultivates connections.

Dining and dementia: CBV's Silver Spoon Club puts on the pounds, cultivates connections.

The Silver Spoon Dining Club — an innovative approach to address weight loss issues for residents with late-stage dementia — is not only realizing its goals of improving resident weight loss and reducing nutritional supplement intake. More importantly, it's also bringing socialization and a bounty of "feel good" benefits to residents, non-nursing volunteers and staff at Central Baptist Village.

'Aggressive' advance directive would allow patients to decline food, water at end of dementia battle

'Aggressive' advance directive would allow patients to decline food, water at end of dementia battle

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A New York group that supports aid-in-dying has approved a new document allowing patients to record in advance that they'll want to stop eating and drinking if they develop severe dementia.

Hurts all over: pain in dementia

Hurts all over: pain in dementia

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"Mommy, I hurt all over." Day 2 of the stomach virus last week and my sweet Isaac was seeing no relief. Day 3 of the stomach virus and Isaac realized how much he missed school.

Leading their own life: Marylanders with dementia

Leading their own life: Marylanders with dementia

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Remaining social can be a struggle for residents who are grappling with dementia, but one senior-care provider may have found a way to alleviate it.

 Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates say

Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates say

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Those who care for the nation's seniors have been leaders in reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in skilled nursing settings, advocates said Monday in response to a scathing Human Rights Watch report on the drugs' misuse.

Big Apple visitor gives Australian facility resident 'best' day of her life

Big Apple visitor gives Australian facility resident 'best' day of her life

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A walk through the halls of her Australian nursing home turned into the best day of Berenice Benson's life when she found herself escorted by one of New York City's finest.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Jan. 23

German nursing home recreates communist landscape for dementia patients ... Variable causes of hip fractures should keep it off list of quality reporting measures, study finds ... Hospital plans to shutter rare subsidized care center for San Francisco Alzheimer's patients

Study explores dementia, advanced care

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Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are working with nursing homes to develop a program that provides advance care-planning for patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Vaudeville performers bring joy to dementia patients

Vaudeville performers bring joy to dementia patients

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A group of vaudeville performers is hitting the hospital and long-term care circuit to bring familiarity and fun to patients with dementia. The unique program was recently featured in the New York Times.

Nursing home dedicates new relaxation room to former resident

Nursing home dedicates new relaxation room to former resident

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A Connecticut nursing home is honoring one of its former residents with a remodeled room to give individuals with dementia a place to relax.

McKnight's virtual trade show offers 3 free CE credits Tuesday

Dementia, falls prevention and staffing will be the topics of three separate webinars during the next McKnight's virtual trade show, which takes place Tuesday and offers three free CE credits.

Residents with cognitive impairment don't feel pain

Residents with cognitive impairment don't feel pain

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Please, someone tell me why we are still challenged with identifying and treating pain in the elderly, particularly those with dementia.

 Easing the family's transition from home to care community

Easing the family's transition from home to care community

Even though I'd worked as an activities director and administrator in long-term care, placing my mother in assisted living and then in memory care was initially a wrenching and emotional experience.

When man bites dog at the Alzheimer's care facility

When man bites dog at the Alzheimer's care facility

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Here's your long-term care "Man bites dog" story of the week.

'Patient' is a virtue

'Patient' is a virtue

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Maybe I'm getting old, or the world is more complex, but lately I find my thoughts drifting to simpler times and moments that shaped me into the person I am today. Take, for example, by experience with Helen when I was 18 and she was 90.

Time to start clowning around

Time to start clowning around

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I like the occasional clown — as long as they're where they're supposed to be. But when they're not? Downright terrifying. Then came this new nursing home study to put that line of thought on its ear.

Calcium supplements raise dementia risk in women surviving stroke sevenfold, study finds

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Calcium supplements are tied to an increased risk of dementia in senior women who have had a stroke, researchers have found.

Cues from canines in dementia research

Cues from canines in dementia research

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There's debate in the Leis/Newman households over the intelligence of the family basset hound, Daisy Mae. My mother believes Daisy Mae is purely food-driven, rather than intellectually gifted. I disagree.

Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia

Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia

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For the treatments to help dementia patients, turn to behavioral health solutions, not antipsychotic drugs. Just like others around the world.

Home sweet home — in the right mood

Home sweet home — in the right mood

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Moving is always exciting to me. This isn't because I enjoy the stressful process of apartment hunting and packing my life away into boxes like a real-life game of Tetris, because, let's face it, I don't.

Eden Alternative issues dementia care report

Person-directed dementia care helps reduce use of antipsychotics, according to a new report from The Eden Alternative®.

Nutrition plays important role for dementia residents

Nutrition plays important role for dementia residents

Senior living communities now have world-class dining options and produce engaging activities for residents of all ages.

Brain injuries hasten dementia, study finds

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A great deal of recent research has explored the link between repetitive brain injury and dementia but a new study claims to have found the onset of the disease occurs much earlier than suspected.

Most older adults OK with dementia screening by phone: Study

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People who believe in the benefits of catching medical problems early or have friends or loved ones with Alzheimer's disease tend to openly embrace advanced screening for dementia, according to new research.

Reagan's speeches provide Alzheimer's clues

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Researchers say they have uncovered subtle clues of early dementia in Ronald Reagan's presidential speeches from years before he was formally diagnosed in 1994.

Change the approach of dementia care

Change the approach of dementia care

Professional care partners have the desire to see residents flourish using best care practices but lack the education. Once they begin to employ the new techniques, they are shocked to see how residents respond and how bad behaviors diminish.

Pain assessment 'insufficient' for dementia patients, researchers say

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Caregivers have no reliable means to gauge pain in dementia patients, university researchers maintain while calling for new methods to assess chronic pain in those populations.

Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

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Government investigators are calling for greater scrutiny of antipsychotics use among dementia patients in post-acute settings beyond nursing homes.

Get smart about brain health

Get smart about brain health

Activity directors and lifestyle coordinators across the country are trying to find the best solutions for residents who request "brain games" out of a desire to improve their memory and sharpen their cognitive skills.