Bed rest if often the answer to getting healthy. However, too much bed rest is not always best. "Deconditioning" refers to the negative consequences of long-term inactivity. Extensive rest leads to a host of problems. Consequently, caregivers must be aware of the risks and benefits. click here to read the full article
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Currently, the federal government evaluates hospitals based on a 30-day period post patient discharge. However, according to a UC Davis study, they should shorten the period to 5-7 days post discharge. The study suggests that the shorter timeframe more accurately evaluates factors that can be attributed to the hospital. The researches claim that after this period, readmissions are [...]
Most people know that poor dental hygiene causes cosmetic as well as health problems with one's mouth. However, insufficient dental care can also wreak havoc on other parts of the body, including the brain. Poor oral hygiene may even have a correlation with dementia. http://www.belmarrahealth.com/cognitive-decline-older-adults-may-slowed-better-oral-hygiene-regular-dental-visits-study/
A recent study “Decisions by Default: Incomplete and Contradictory POLST in Emergency Care” found that 69% of patient forms regarding life sustaining treatments were incomplete. Consequently, the study's authors want to bring awareness to patients and physicians. A lack of and/or contradictory information can lead a physician to default to the most aggressive treatment. Patients need [...]
Uber is marketing to seniors as an alternative form of transportation. Uber is a better choice than public transportation, as it doesn't require a central station for pickup. Riders can order Uber based on a desired time and pickup location. In fact, Uber has even partnered with an eldercare network in Gainesvile to offer subsidized [...]
Going back to work after retirement is a growing trend. Lack of sufficient funds and death of a spouse are two reasons for reentry into the workforce. This trend is especially prevalent for older women. click here to read the full article
Florida and Arizona are among U.S states with the fastest-growing number of seniors. Hence, the National Institute of Aging has awarded a $5.7 million grant to the Universities of Florida, Miami and Arizona to partner in a 5 year study. The research will address whether cognitive functioning improves when using a "combination of computer-based cognitive training [...]
A self-administered app called Tat shows efficient results with incontinence. With use of the app, symptoms, number of leakages, and overall quality of life showed improvement. Furthermore, many women do not seek treatment for incontinence. Instead, they do their own research. An app prevents embarrassment and increases privacy. click here to read the full article [...]
A new study confirms that movies do not accurately reflect the realities of life as an older adult. Older people are drastically underrepresented in movie roles. What's more, the roles that are shown tend not to be a realistic reflection of the senior demographic. Ageism is also a problem in movies, indicating an overall societal [...]
IBM's "new vision" for technology and the senior population takes the focus off one-size-fits-all solutions. IBM urges more collaboration between service providers. Furthermore, adaptability to the changing needs of the population is essential. In summary, the report stresses the need to "stop looking for the next gadget, app or other easy solution, and to collaborate and [...]