Tag: dementia

Failed studies uncover answers to finding the cure for Alzheimer’s

Scientists are optimistic that finding the cure for Alzheimer’s—a disease currently afflicting 5 million people in the United States alone—may be within reach. This sentiment might seem unrealistic when you look at the statistics—only about 1% of scientific discoveries lead to medicine that is used by patients—but forward thinking scientists remind us to remember where […]

Individualized strategies for managing dysphagia

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from the full article published in the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care. Not a subscriber? Sign up today! The act of swallowing, for those who do not have difficulty with it, can feel like second nature. But when this ability starts to diminish—a common […]

Dementia care competencies: Creating a strong foundation

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from one of HCPro’s dementia titles, Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers, written by Kerry C. Mills. A program for people with dementia cannot be thrown together overnight. Caring for a group of people who have different histories, tastes, interests, personalities, physical […]

Just 48 minutes of physical activity per week can increase physical function significantly in seniors

It’s no secret that exercise is good for the body, and this fact doesn’t decrease with age—but physical function does. A study appearing in PLOS One that observed the effect physical activity can have on seniors ages 70-89 with functional limitations reports that “an important but understudied issue in physical activity trials in older adults […]

Experimental test proves effective in early detection of Alzheimer’s

Until recently, modern day medicine had only found one timely, conclusive method for diagnosing an individual with Alzheimer’s disease: A postmortem examination of their brain. Now, according to a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an experimental blood test has been proven to accurately diagnose the disease in a […]

NCAL offers new checklist for sexual consent among residents

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has created a checklist to help assisted living communities address issues regarding sexual consent among residents. The checklist aims to strike a balance between resident confidentiality, rights, and safety and includes considerations for state requirements, ability to consent, employee awareness/training, appropriateness of the relationship, family, harassment/bullying, and special […]

To help ward off Alzheimer’s, think before you eat

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Editorial Note: This article has been republished with permission from the author Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, […]

Four FAQs answered about dementia residents in assisted living

Editorial Note: This Q&A has been transcribed from HCPro’s On-Demand webinar, Dementia Care in Assisted Living: New Strategies for Improving Resident Centered Care presented by expert Kerry Mills, MPA. Listen here! Q: What do you do about residents who are fairly independent in getting dressed, but always wear the same thing? A: They’re probably wearing […]