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Nursing Homes Falling Behind with End-Of-Life Directives

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Advance directives, or living wills, are the legal documents individuals use to communicate their treatment preferences when faced with serious injuries or illnesses. Following a new study, Colleen Galambos, professor in the University of Missouri School of Social Work, says that more attention to how advance directives are used in nursing homes may reduce unnecessary care and save health care costs, all while respecting residents’ wishes.

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Older Adults Walk More for Money and Opportunity to Donate to Charity

Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sociology Professor Addresses Caregiving Burden From Personal Perspective

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It’s not every day a researcher draws from their own experiences as the basis for a published study but that’s exactly what Miles Taylor, associate professor of sociology at Florida State University, has done in her latest paper addressing what she calls the structural burden of caregiving.

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A Baby Boomer’s New Year Resolution: Ask Your Doctor About Your Medicines

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A Saint Louis University geriatrician says her patients frequently feel better when she reduces the number of medicines they take. She advocates older adults who take five or more medications talk their doctors annually about triaging their pill boxes.

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UAB’s 500th TAVR Procedure Gives Retired Pastor, Baseball Player Opportunity to Help Others

UAB is the only hospital in Alabama to perform 500 TAVR cases.

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For Geriatric Falls, ‘Brain Speed’ May Matter More Than Lower Limb Strength

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University of Michigan researchers find it’s not only risk factors like lower limb strength and precise perception of the limb’s position that determine if a geriatric patient will recover from a perturbation, but also complex and simple reaction times.

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For Relatives of Alzheimer’s Patients, Gift Ideas and Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but we all know they can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. Add to the mix a relative with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or dementia, and caregivers and family members can quickly become overwhelmed.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Tips for the Holidays

An expert at Rutgers University’s Care2Caregivers helpline shares tips on how families can celebrate the holidays with loved ones suffering from an illness that affects memory

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Old Age Should Not Exclude Organ Donation After Death

• In a recent study, patient and organ survival rates were similar following transplantation using kidneys from donors aged 50-59 years, 60-69 years, 70-79 years, and ≥80 years. • Kidney discard rates were similar for kidneys from donors aged 50 to 79 years, but the rate was strikingly higher among kidneys from octogenarian donors.

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Baby Boomers on a Bender: Emerging Trends in Alcohol Binge and Use Disorders Among Older Adults

Trends of self-reported past-month binge alcohol use and alcohol use disorder were examined among adults age 50 and older. The researchers found significant increases in past-year alcohol use, past-month alcohol use, past-month binge drinking, and alcohol use disorders.

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New Penn Nursing Study Investigates Link Between Bedside Nursing and Avoidable Readmissions for Older Black Patients

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As many as a quarter of all older adults discharged from an acute hospitalization will return within thirty days. Readmissions like these result in increased healthcare costs, functional decline and greater need for skilled nursing when transitioning back to community settings. Older black patients bear a disproportionate risk of readmissions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and no single approach has been repeatedly effective in reducing readmissions for older black patients.

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Brain Activity May Predict Risk of Falls in Older People

Measuring the brain activity of healthy, older adults while they walk and talk at the same time may help predict their risk of falls later, according to a study published in the December 7, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Intimate and Social Relationships Important for Older Adults in Assisted Living, Study Finds

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Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study.

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FSU Criminology Team Tackles Elder Fraud Issues

Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice researchers, lead by Dean Thomas Blomberg complete a full report on elder fraud and how to combat it.

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What Makes a Patient More Likely to End Up Back in the Hospital? Study Finds Surprising Role for Social Factors

When it comes to predicting which patients will end up back in the hospital -- costing their hospital a readmission penalty -- the answer is not as one-size-fits-all as hospital gowns, a new study shows. Social and disability factors matter, and differ by condition.

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Voting Day Round-Up! Research and Experts on 2016 Election

click to view recent experts and research related to the 2016 Election

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Gene Mutations May Increase Adverse Event Risk in Older Adults Taking Multiple Meds

Gene mutations that affect drug metabolism may explain higher hospitalization rates for some older adults taking multiple medications, according to researchers from Columbia University.

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Advance Care Plan, Advance Care Planning, Aging, end-of-life care, End Of Life Decisions

1-in-4 Older Adults Has Not Discussed Advance Care Planning

More than one in four older adults have not engaged in planning for end-of-life care or directives, despite significant public efforts to encourage the practice. This is especially true for African Americans, Latinos and those with less education and income, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.

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Transition From Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time Leads to Depressions, VA Tech Expert Advises on Clown Craze, Powerful People Are Less Decisive, and More in the Psychology and Psychiatry News Source

The latest research and features in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

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SU Professor Earns Fulton Professorship in Geriatric Nursing

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Dr. Mary DiBartolo of Salisbury University’s Nursing Department is helping to educate and prepare others about the crisis facing the nation’s health care system related to the care of older adults.







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