Tag: dementia

Tips for dementia resident care

Caring for residents with dementia can be a difficult task, but taking an interdisciplinary approach while caring for residents can go a long way. The following tips on how to approach dementia care are from Caring for the Dementia Resident by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, available for purchase here. Person-centered care. CMS requires […]

Nursing home resident with dementia found deceased in walk-in freezer

An 86-year-old nursing home resident was reported missing hours before being located deceased in the facility’s walk-in freezer. Sofiya Perel, who had dementia, had been reported missing to police around 1:40 a.m. after leaving a secure unit in an Ohio nursing home, Maria-Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Staff searched for several hours before finding her […]

NIA working to improve quality of life for persons with dementia

Despite Alzheimer’s disease being the sixth–leading cause of death in the United States, there is still no treatment or cure. People living with Alzheimer’s and dementia (PLWD) are a vulnerable population who often are given poor quality care leading to “higher rates of hospitalization, more emergency department visits, adverse health outcomes, premature institutionalization, and wasted […]

Half of seniors fear developing dementia

Approximately half of American seniors fear developing dementia, according to a JAMA Neurology analysis released in November. The study, conducted by University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging researchers in October 2018, questioned 1019 Americans aged between 50 and 64 years, and found that nearly half believed themselves to be at risk for developing […]

Correlations found between home care for dementia patients and higher risks of hospitalization

A new study published July 1 in the journal Health Affairs found that seniors with dementia who use home care have suffered more severe outcomes stemming from medical emergencies than those in skilled nursing facilities. According to study author Rebecca Gorges, “While Medicaid’s trend to shift long-term care from institutions to the community is intuitively […]

JAMA study finds comprehensive dementia care to be cost effective

According to a December 2018 JAMA study, comprehensive dementia care may reduce the number of admissions to long-term care facilities, and depending on program costs, may be cost neutral or cost saving. The study states that an estimated 4 to 5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or another dementia, and sought to determine if comprehensive […]

Federal report suggest nearly 700 ways to improve dementia care

A May 2018 federal report, National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers, provides 694 recommendations for research and advancing care for people living with dementia. According to LeadingAge, recommendations span 12 themes designed to guide research investments by public and private stakeholders in the field of care, […]

Neuroscientists say this over-the-counter pill could ward off Alzheimer’s

Research has found that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have an elevated level of the protein called Abeta 42. Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Patrick McGeer and his wife, Dr. Edith McGeer, created a saliva test that can determine a person’s level of this protein, which according to McGeer and his team appears in the same elevated levels […]

Increasing communication with your residents who have dementia: Part 3 (of 4)

Part 2 of this series taken from Serving Residents With Dementia: Transforming Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers, written by dementia expert Kerry C. Mills, MPA, discussed how to approach residents who have dementia to ensure your presence is welcomed, as well as tips for asking questions to engage, rather than test. Part 3 reviews […]

Person-centered focus at the core of Alzheimer’s Association’s new recommendations

The Alzheimer’s Association released their 2018 recommendations for dementia care practice intended for professional care providers who work with individuals living with dementia and their families. The recommendations are posted online and will be published in the February issue of The Gerontologist. The new guidance, which contains 56 recommendations across 10 content areas, designates a […]