Tag: dementia

Increase in off-label use of antipsychotics among dementia residents: A national issue

Antipsychotic medications (APM) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder are increasingly used to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in nursing homes, according to a systematic review published by BMC Geriatrics and corroborated by a report published in 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The effectiveness of […]

Alzheimer’s documentary to air on PBS January 25

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts is a documentary that “illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease.” It premieres on PBS January 25, 2017, at 10pm ET. The film includes expert commentary and personal stories around the country from individuals affected by the disease. […]

Walking longer and with relatives decreases sundown symptoms, study finds

Sundown syndrome, a symptom affecting as many as 20 percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, causes increased confusion, anxiety, and agitation beginning late in the day. Past studies have concluded that physical exercise might have a positive impact on sundown syndrome, but the correlation between walking and with […]

Dental, hearing, and vision services added under Medicare coverage

Today, lawmakers introduced a bill that lifts restrictions which previously prohibited Medicare from covering basic healthcare necessities such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care. The Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act is expected to improve beneficiaries’ quality of life, decrease healthcare costs by creating healthier seniors, and is expected to reduce depression and […]

Delirium prominent in long-term care settings often misdiagnosed

An article published by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) states that long-term care residents who are evaluated in an emergency room are 10 times more likely to suffer from delirium than those evaluated who did not come from a long-term care (LTC) setting. Delirium, defined as “a syndrome of altered mental status […]

CMS answers questions about caring for beneficiaries who wander in settings that receive HCBS funding

Questions have arisen on how to care for individuals who have dementia or other cognitive impairments and are prone to wandering or exit-seeking behavior in communities receiving home and community-based settings (HCBS) funding. In order to receive this Medicaid funding, these settings must adhere to criteria which requires that individualized care is provided to beneficiaries […]

Ten devices for tracking the wandering resident

The popular saying goes, “Not all who wander are lost.” But sometimes those who wander are in fact just that, and with an individual who has dementia, being lost can prove a grave situation. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander. This includes people in the early stages of […]

Approximately one million fewer Americans suffering from dementia

Between 2000 and 2012, dementia rates among U.S. seniors show a significant decline, dropping from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine on November 21, 2016. Researchers confirm that this decline is a continuation from the declining prevalence formerly studied between 1993 and 2000. A definitive […]

Critical care and support services for individuals with Alzheimer’s now covered under Medicare

Critical care and support services for individuals with Alzheimer’s now covered under Medicare

Thousands of congressional meetings and countless hours of work on the part of staff, advocates, and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease were celebrated on November 3 with the announcement of CMS’ final decision: Cognitive and functional assessments and care planning will now be covered under Medicare for individual’s with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.

Health Care Leadership: Why its Hard, Why Many Fail and What it Takes to Succeed

This blog post was written by Reg Hislop III, and reprinted by permission. The bulk of my work centers around gathering data, analyzing trends and working with the leadership of various organizations to implement strategy or more centered, strategies. The process is iterative, interactive and always fascinating. Throughout my career, I’ve worked within (virtually) every […]