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Taking Care of the Most Vulnerable

October 5, 2014 by Melody Wilding

Patient engagement / shutterstock

New digital technologies can allow for a greater level of personalization in care assessment, management and delivery. But while patient engagement, connectivity and electronic health records have become current buzzwords, we must remember that the dignity of the patient should always be paramount.[read more]

Nursing Home Complaint Centers Fields Your Calls for Deaths Around Septic Shock

July 8, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

The Nursing Home Complaint Center says, “Based on the calls we get about deaths from sepsis, or septic shock, from family members whose loved one was being treated at a nursing home, a rehab center, or a skilled nursing facility, we are convinced this is a huge national problem."[read more]

Genworth Publishes LTC Cost Data

July 2, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

long-term care / shutterstock

Genworth recently updated data about the cost of various services in the aging continuum of care. Overall, while the cost of care among all care providers has steadily increased, the cost of facility-based providers has grown at a much greater rate than that for home care.[read more]

Enhancing the "Coolness Factor" in Our Later Years

Making aging "cool" / shutterstock

Recently, I spoke at the spring meeting of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. My talk focused on how we can build better designs into products intended to help with the aging process. This would involve making “uncool” medical technologies into “cool” accessories of aging.[read more]

Providers Hesitant to Discuss End-of-Life Care with Some Patients

June 11, 2014 by Liz Seegert

End-of-life care: a tough discussion.

Who should discuss end of life care with patients, and when? Providers are unsure when to approach this issue and whether it’s the role of the primary provider or the heart specialist, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Healthcare Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.[read more]

America's Aging Eyes

May 15, 2014 by Liz Seegert

Aging eyes

The American Foundation for the Blind says that the risk of severe eye problems increases with age, especially after 65. Two-thirds of those who are legally blind are seniors suffering from aging-related eye diseases. Why do some people maintain good vision well into their 90s while others struggle with serious visual decline at a younger age?[read more]

Aging Brains Slower Due to More Knowledge and Experience, Not Cognitive Decline

January 27, 2014 by Susan Scutti

aging brains, wise brains / shutterstock

In the hopes of dispelling false assumptions about aging, a team of German researchers created a novel model to show that older adults' lackluster performance on tests used in aging studies reflects their increased knowledge and experience as opposed to a decline in cognitive abilities.[read more]

Aging in the Empire State: A Look at New York City's Senior Population

November 7, 2013 by Melody Wilding

Aging population in New York City

Despite the Big Apple’s fast paced lifestyle, Manhattan and the outer boroughs are experiencing a shift toward an older demographic. Today over 1 million older adults are living in the city, and New York State has the third highest population of seniors nationwide.[read more]

The Best iPad and iPhone Apps for Seniors

November 5, 2013 by Melody Wilding

mobile apps for seniors

A surprising new study from the University of California San Francisco found that older adults ages 60-85 demonstrated improved brain function after playing a specially designed game, NeuroRacer. Seniors who participated in the study showed improvements in cognitive tasks including multitasking, attention, and memory.[read more]

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Poor Sleep: Quantity and Quality of Sleep Make a Difference

October 26, 2013 by Susan Scutti

PET scan of Alzheimer's 

A recent study has shown how sleep allows the brain to export cerebral waste before it can accumulate and cause dementia and other illnesses. Now a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that too little sleep or poor quality of sleep is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and may even impact its progression.[read more]

Paramedic Visits to Seniors Reduce EMS Calls by 32%: How Weekly Drop-Ins Encourage Better Health

October 23, 2013 by Susan Scutti

Paramedic visits

A new study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress finds that paramedics may be able to do more than just respond to emergencies — they may be able to prevent them. By visiting seniors on a routine basis, paramedics reduced the number of emergency phone calls by nearly a third.[read more]

11 Social Factors That Contribute to Higher Readmissions

October 22, 2013 by Melody Wilding

Readmission to hospitals

New research now shows that non-medical factors may have a significant impact on re-hospitalization rates among seniors. Social factors, including a patient’s living situation and socioeconomic status, are now thought to influence readmission rates but are not yet taken into account by CMS when calculating penalties.[read more]