COPD patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility are twice as likely to die within a year


People who go to a skilled nursing facility after being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are about twice as likely to die within a year, according to recently released findings.

For whom does the bell toll? MDS knows

For whom does the bell toll? MDS knows


Death is never an easy topic. Hemingway addressed it eloquently in his novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls," the title of which was taken from meditations on health, pain and sickness by poet John Donne.

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Ground-level falls lead to high rates of SNF admission, return trips to the hospital, study finds


Even if they do not hit the ground from a great height, elderly people who seek hospital care for a fall commonly go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to a recently published study. These seniors also have a greater risk of returning to the hospital and have a significantly elevated risk of dying, the researchers found.

Obesity indeed increases seniors' risk of death, will be long-standing issue for LTC providers: study


Obesity does not decrease seniors' risk of death, according to a new study that calls into question previous findings. The new study also suggests that long-term care providers will see an increasing number of obese residents in the coming decades.

CDC: Mortality rates for top five causes of death fell between 2010 and 2011


Rates for five of the top 15 causes of death have fallen significantly over the past year, though overall lifespan has stayed the same, a government analysis found.

Americans' lifespan shorter than previously thought, study finds

A group of researchers has developed a more accurate way of calculating mortality rates of the oldest Americans, which might lead to more realistic cost projections for Social Security and Medicare.

Online tool helps predict mortality

Mortality researchers have developed an online assessment tool that helps clinicians predict mortality for older adults.

No decrease for heart failure mortality rates after pharmacist visit, study says

Consultations with pharmacists, in collaboration with physicians in community-based settings, did not lower mortality and hospitalization rates of heart failure patients, new research finds.

More Medicare recipients are surviving high-risk surgeries

The risk of death after high-risk surgeries is dropping among Medicare patients, a new study found.

Gardening programs good way to boost health, energy of older adults, researchers find

Older adults who spend time gardening are more likely to eat healthier foods, and report better quality of life and higher energy levels than other seniors who don't garden, according to new research.

Mortality rates rise in U.S.

Mortality rates in the U.S. have been worsening over the last 20 years. A new report shows that its world rankings have slid during that period.

Intentional weight-loss lowers mortality rate for seniors, research shows

Older adults who purposefully lose weight have a lower mortality rate, according to new research.

Handgrip strength linked to all-cause mortality in study

Evaluating the handgrip strength of very old seniors could be an effective way to evaluate risk for death, according to a recently published study.