Seniors who perform simple ankle and foot exercises a few times per week can noticeably improve their strength and balance, according to recent research.
Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC President, Wound Care Education Institute
New international guidelines for performing prevalence and incidence studies on pressure ulcers will make their debut today and Saturday at the Biennial Conference of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.
The Internet contains many important things--instantaneous communication, unlimited access to information and the often-honored McKnight's Web site (www.mcknights.com), among them. But researchers at UCLA have discovered there may be other bonuses for Web-savvy seniors: It also might stimulate brain function and improve cognitive ability.
The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign-a nationwide, voluntary quality improvement initiative-celebrated its second birthday this week.
A new type of light therapy could repair old, sun-damaged skin on the molecular level, according to a recent study.
Vitamin B may be a general guardian of good health, but new research finds that it does little in the way of reducing the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease.
New infection control guidelines released; MRSA, c. Diff and urinary tract infections figure prominentlyOctober 10, 2008
Many of the nation's most prominent infection-control groups on Wednesday released a new set of "consensus" guidelines to help curb the spread of six potentially fatal facility-acquired infections.
Seniors in more impoverished areas of the country are significantly more likely to die after surgery than their wealthier neighbors, according to recent research.
An apparently unconscious age bias among emergency room services personnel, along with a lack of knowledge on how to care for the elderly, could be leading to a distinct lessening of care for seniors, researchers say.
Whether or not to undergo a surgical procedure can be a tough call, and most patients come armed with many concerns to talk through with their doctors. But a recent study finds that seniors just aren't asking many of those questions.
While no one knows for certain what causes us to age, prevailing wisdom suggests it's a buildup of stresses and the cumulative effects of disease. The surprising results of a recent study, however, say otherwise.
Very elderly patients who undergo planned surgery are more than five times as likely to survive and live longer than very old patients who require emergency surgery or treatment in the intensive care unit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a recommendation that adults aged 60 and over be vaccinated against shingles.
Study subjects who took ibuprofen for at least five years registered a 40% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to new research. Some medicines in the same non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) class cut the risk of Alzheimer's by 25%.
Leaders of healthcare facilities should seriously consider having staff members screened for MRSA, the drug-resistant infection that can wreak havoc on senior populations, Swiss and South African researchers say.
Regular mammograms for women 80 and older cut the risk of discovering late-stage breast cancer, according to results of a new study. But only 1 in 5 American women in that age group get regular screenings, researchers said
Procedures and even some drug trials once thought too risky for people aged 80 or higher are safer than previously thought, according to a new study.
Aides in Canadian nursing homes are being assaulted by residents at "appallingly" high rates, according to university researchers. Physical attacks were made daily against nearly half of workers surveyed, their studied revealed.
Up to half of all seniors will mismanage at least one of their medications, which can account for "about 23 percent of nursing home admissions," according to a new analysis in the Baltimore Sun.
Researchers in the United States and Europe have developed a new technique for detecting and diagnosing different forms of dementia that is accurate "more than 94 percent of the time," according to a new study.
Nearly half of advanced-dementia residents in nursing homes receive antibiotics during the last two weeks of life, but it remains unclear whether such treatment helps, authors of a new study say. Pain from administering the drugs intravenously, as well as unwanted side effects, are among the chief concerns.
Is the rumor true that Accuzyme® and Panafil® ointments are no longer reimbursable? If so, what should we do?
Alpharma has announced the availability of the Fletcor Patch. The adhesive patch delivers medication directly to the pain site, offering a safe and effective alternative to widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to the firm.
Tanita's PW-630U wheelchair scale is designed to make it easy for residents to get on the scale and be stable. The durable, portable unit is equipped with wheels, allowing caregivers to bring the scale wherever elderly or wheelchair-bound residents are. Other features include body mass index, an integrated thermal printer, memory, recall and RS-232 output so data can be captured electronically.
An increasing number of people will need nursing home care after suffering disabilities caused by congestive heart failure, according to a new study.
Cardiac arrest patients are kept waiting too long for defibrillation after a heart attack, a new study shows.
Older black patients are less likely than whites to receive the recommended treatment for cancer, according to a new study.
The possibility of a new treatment for Parkinson's disease has emerged, according to U.S. researchers claiming a key finding.
Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Wound Care Education Institute