Two researchers are testing interventions aimed at improving caregiver health. Although each is using different techniques, the goal is the same. Each hopes the result is less caregiver stress and thus better health. click here to read the full article
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As recently discussed, delirium is a common but concerning problem with hospital patients. Over 200 hospitals offer a program called the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). The program provides a non-medical method to prevent, assess and monitor delirium. Understanding and properly treating delirium is critical in preventing further complications. click here to read the full article [...]
The referenced study shows potential benefit to using video to communicate a patient's end of life wishes. Furthermore, the study brings to light the need for more physician training on interpreting end of life documents. click here to read the full article
Sadly, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are now one of the top three global killers. Furthermore, progress towards a drug to cure, or even curb symptoms, is slow. click here to read the full article
Continuous head impact from sports is being linked with future brain disease. Although more research is needed, studies thus far support this link. click here to read the full article
Doctors at a UK Dementia conference warned that people with Dementia are often provided inferior medical treatment. Furthermore, conference speakers suggested that doctors tend to diagnose older people with Dementia without considering other possible conditions. click here to read the full article
A study offered extra training in communicating with older surgery patients. Surgeons in the study showed higher communication scores after training. Whether or not the improvement directly relates to the training, it is nonetheless beneficial. "Scenario planning" is a technique using stories to discuss the outcomes of various interventions. In addition to considering risks and benefits [...]
The Ohio Department of Aging offers tips and programs to enhance fall prevention. Steady U Ohio is a statewide initiative to prevent falls. Although "falls are the leading cause of injury-related ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths for older Ohioans," most falls are preventable. click here to read the full article
Independent of Tobacco, Nicotine has some potential benefits. Nicotine may positively affect aging, Parkinson's, cognitive health and anxiety. However, more research is needed. click here to read the full article
Rather than age in place, our homes are a place to thrive in place. According to the study, most older adults make home adaptations on a reactive basis. On the other hand, if we look at the livability of our home, we will make better choices. "Thriving in place" rather than aging, encourages us to [...]