Category: Dementia Care

Light Therapy

Penn State announced a new grant to study light therapy and dementia. The National Institute on Aging will provide a $411,982 grant to researchers. They will study the effects of light therapy or ambient lighting interventions in nursing homes. Lead researcher Ying Ling Jao noted that prior research suggests interior daylight conditions in nursing homes do

Healthy Bones

Osteoporosis 20 percent of American women ages 50 and older have osteoporosis and more than half have detectable bone loss (osteopenia). This is one reason caregivers must be careful when providing care or assistance. One out of three women over age 50 and one out of five older men will develop an osteoporotic fracture—a hip,

Project Lifesaver

Technology as a Safety Intervention Wandering and elopements are dangerous for residents with dementia. Fox8 reported on new technology to help protect residents with dementia who wander. Supervision and safe staffing are the best safety interventions but technology can help save lives. For example, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office uses technology to find missing people.

Dementia Study

A new study found early signs of dementia up to nine years before formal diagnosis. The findings published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association could identify at risk people. Hopefully, they can benefit from early interventions to reduce their risk of developing dementia-related diseases. David Thomas, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research

Failure to Protect reported on another fatal resident to resident altercation. Aggression is well known symptom of mid-to-late-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The lack of staffing causes unsafe environments with insufficient supervision leading to predictable fights. A 2019 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that abuse citations at nursing homes doubled from 2013-2017. The majority involve physical

Another Poisoning

CBS News reported another reckless and fatal poisoning at a nursing home. An Atria nursing home in Walnut Creek failed to keep residents’ safe. The facility rushed Albert Canoun to the emergency room after allowing him to ingest a cleaning solution.  Employees at first blamed his change of condition and negative reaction to eating “spicy


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