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Two studies target the immune health of caregivers

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

Two studies target the immune health of caregivers 2017-03-08T10:54:02+00:00

Protecting older adult hospital patients from delirium

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 [...]

Protecting older adult hospital patients from delirium 2017-09-18T07:07:43+00:00

Enhancing end of life documents with patient video

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    

Enhancing end of life documents with patient video 2017-02-23T19:35:20+00:00

Alzheimer’s Disease moves into top three killers

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

Alzheimer’s Disease moves into top three killers 2017-02-17T13:24:34+00:00

Soccer heading continues to cause Dementia concern

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  

Soccer heading continues to cause Dementia concern 2017-02-15T19:58:17+00:00

People with Dementia given inferior medical treatment

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

People with Dementia given inferior medical treatment 2017-02-13T19:50:33+00:00

Communication training for surgeons who treat the elderly

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 [...]

Communication training for surgeons who treat the elderly 2017-02-09T19:37:06+00:00

Safety reminders to prevent winter falls

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

Safety reminders to prevent winter falls 2017-02-07T20:00:15+00:00

Potential positives of Nicotine

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

Potential positives of Nicotine 2017-02-03T11:02:20+00:00

“Thriving in place” may change one’s mindset

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 [...]

“Thriving in place” may change one’s mindset 2017-01-31T20:00:44+00:00