Category: Dementia Care

Epidemic of Abuse

Every day in the U.S. it is estimated that more than 10,000 people turn 65. That’s the official start of senior status in the U.S. And with that comes a growing push for programs to help older people stay at home and out of nursing homes and hospitals. A recent Time essay by Dr. Robert

Improving Resident Relationships in Long-Term Care

The Cornell Chronicle reported an analysis of resident to resident aggression in assisted living facilities. The numbers are frightening. One in six residents of assisted living facilities is subject to verbal, physical or other aggression by fellow residents in a typical month, and those suffering from dementia are most at risk, new research finds in

Dementia Training

Health Services Research reported that facilities with high numbers of dementia residents need better trained and more staff for the health, safety, and well-being of the vulnerable adults under their care and supervision according to a study out of University of California, Irvine. More than 40% of people in nursing homes have Alzheimer’s disease, related

Misdiagnosis

McKnight’s reported on a recent study showing that 12% of people hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) to be inappropriately diagnosed with the condition — especially people who are older, have dementia or experience an altered mental state. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine evaluated the inappropriate diagnosis of CAP in 17,290 people hospitalized from 48 hospitals

Balance and Safety

McKnight’s had an article about a new safety device to help prevent falls. Many senior living communities and nursing homes are taking steps to improve fall prevention among residents, including with state-of-the-art monitoring systems or smart lighting that helps residents maintain sleep cycles and avoid getting out of bed in the middle of the night. Of course, supervision and

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors

McKnight’s reported on a new study linking the lack of certain antioxidants with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Having high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin have been linked to better cognitive functioning and reduced risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. People with Alzheimer’s disease have half the levels of certain antioxidants compared to people without the

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