Pandemic isolation has led to more falls among seniors, online survey finds
Sep 21, 2021
For some seniors, pandemic isolation has created a perfect storm of physical inactivity and deconditioning that has resulted in increased falls risk and greater fear of falling, researchers say.
Socially isolated seniors at greater risk of disability, death: study
Sep 09, 2021
Socially isolated older adults who enter intensive care units are more likely to die after discharge compared with those who are more connected to family and friends, a Yale University study has found....
Surveyed seniors suggest ageism played part in pandemic mitigation strategies
Aug 18, 2021
A large survey from Ireland sheds light not only on the challenges posed for older adults by the pandemic, but on their hopes, determination — and one of their biggest pet peeves. (Hint: it’s a...
Clinical briefs for Wednesday, Aug. 11
Aug 11, 2021
Proposed bill ‘great first step’ toward addressing long-term care workforce challenges … CMS offers new Section K assessment and coding training for SNF providers … ‘POLST is more than a code...
Meds won’t ease seniors’ loneliness, but ‘social prescribing’ can help, geriatricians say
Jul 28, 2021
Some lonely seniors are prescribed psychotropic drugs at double the rate of their non-lonely peers, a new study finds. But these medications may not alleviate their problems, the researchers say.
Social isolation in U.S. long-term care facilities associated with increased risk of 30-day mortality
Jun 21, 2021
U.S. long-term care facilities in socially isolated neighborhoods are associated with increased risk of 30-day all-cause mortality among residents, according to the results of a cross-sectional study published...
Early vaccination sped up decline in COVID infections, study in Genesis facilities finds
Apr 20, 2021
Nursing homes that administered shots early in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout experienced a lower rate of new infections compared to later-vaccinating sites. The results underscore the efficacy of the drugs...
Don’t lose sight of senior loneliness now that some restrictions are lifted
Mar 17, 2021
As we move through 2021, the loneliness posed by social distancing will likely remain a challenge for seniors. Healthcare providers should take a more proactive role in helping seniors manage their mental...
Revised CDC mask, visitation, quarantine guidance applies to staff — outside of work
Mar 09, 2021
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may now safely gather indoors and even visit low-risk, unvaccinated people in non-healthcare settings. How LTC staff members should balance the changes...
Caring and technology: Understanding the new nursing home model
Feb 18, 2021
Nursing homes of the future will require two major themes to be successful: caring and technology. In an age of continued lockdowns and restrictions, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel...