Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates sayFebruary 06, 2018
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.
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.
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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.
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.
A Connecticut nursing home is honoring one of its former residents with a remodeled room to give individuals with dementia a place to relax.
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.
Please, someone tell me why we are still challenged with identifying and treating pain in the elderly, particularly those with dementia.
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.
Here's your long-term care "Man bites dog" story of the week.
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.
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 are tied to an increased risk of dementia in senior women who have had a stroke, researchers have found.
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.
For the treatments to help dementia patients, turn to behavioral health solutions, not antipsychotic drugs. Just like others around the world.
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.
Person-directed dementia care helps reduce use of antipsychotics, according to a new report from The Eden Alternative®.
Senior living communities now have world-class dining options and produce engaging activities for residents of all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Government investigators are calling for greater scrutiny of antipsychotics use among dementia patients in post-acute settings beyond nursing homes.
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.
There was up to a 50% reduction in the use of psychotropic drugs when seniors in a continuing care retirement community received personalized technology services, according to research from It's Never 2 Late and Western Home Communities.
An 87-year old man with advanced Alzheimer's was being held this week under suspicion of beating a fellow Alzheimer's resident and roommate to death in a Lakewood, CO, assisted living facility.
British researchers say they have found a conclusive link between dementia and certain existing chronic illnesses in the cognitively impaired, a finding that lends more credible evidence associating co-morbidities with memory-related diseases and the positive results from early intervention.
The day I met Mrs. Bartlett at my hospital, she was an 89-year-old long-stay nursing home resident with moderate-to-severe dementia who was being transferred to my hospitalist service for shortness of breath. Her family had never discussed what kind of medical care she would want.
A higher use of anticholinergic medications has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.