Next week marks my 3,652 day as an assisted living resident – my ten-year anniversary as a member of America’s Institutional Aging Community.
There is a tension between respecting frailty and preventing frailty. One of our recurrent themes has been to highlight how important it is to respect frail patients.
I generally avoid posting news about the latest food, vitamin, supplement, or lifestyle factor that may or may not affect your risk of dementia, for better or worse.
Since “mental health” seems to be so much in the news due to the Newtown massacre, I thought I’d share some insight on the history of how we’ve dealt with mental health.
We often think of vaccinations as being for children, but grown-ups need them too. Do you know which ones you need?
Plenty of people accept the status quo of long-term care as it is. They are willing to change the industry’s surface features but want to retain its most basic assumptions. There is one very big problem with that point of view. The foundation of contemporary long-term care is based on immoral and deeply flawed assumptions. From even before its founding… Read more →
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have proposed a new model that characterizes mindfulness as a broad framework of complex mind mechanisms. Called “Mind and Life XXIV: Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience,” this model was recently presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It differs from the current description of mindfulness as a way of paying attention, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a proposed settlement agreement that would make it easier for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to qualify for home care.
Until now, Medicare beneficiaries have been required to show they were likely to improve (the “improvement standard”) for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care and therapy services at home.
My father was only in his late 40s when he began backing arm’s-length out of telephone booths (remember those?) to be able to see well enough to dial; my mother was about the same age when she bought an ineffective gizmo to help her thread needles and, still thwarted, began asking me to do it for her.
July 2009, Hell I write these words on a notepad, sitting on a hospital bed. Below me, a black rubber mattress amplifies the almost unbearable heat of this steamy July evening.
I like seeing the latest news about stem cell research. The amazing technology certainly won’t extend my own 83-year-old life beyond its estimated 90 years, but who knows what impact the science may hold for my kids, grandchildren, and great grandki…
A group of Wii bowlers from six assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, were indicted yesterday by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of Physiological Doping for the Purpose of Racketeering – a Class B felony. ”They almost pulled it off,” said Sgt. Richard Morgan of Center Valley, Pennsylvania’s Geriatric Crime Unit.
It has been conventional wisdom for a long time that loneliness in elders leads to decline in health and, possibly, early death. In June, a widely-reported, six-year study of 1600 people age 60 and older from the University of California Francisco seems to confirm that.
Seniors and their families always face a reality check when they realize how much Medicare doesn’t cover—from necessary sundries like your drug-store “cheater” reading glasses to major costs like nursing-home care. A new study in the Journal o…
No proof yet but evidence is damning: Alzheimer’s could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food.
According to a study released last week by the Mayo Clinic, having a pot belly, even if you are otherwise of normal weight, produces a 2.75 times higher risk of death than being obese.
Even the longest life can be a waste if it’s not brought to its full potential. Even the shortest life is rich and fulfilled if it’s lived well.
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A new study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that older adults with sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea appeared to be more than twice as likely to develop dementia later in life.
Now, before you freak out let me add the caveat — the study merely found an association between sleep problems and dementia, not a direct correlation.
Useful information arrives and sometimes it appears to be so obvious or has been so widely distributed in the media that it would be redundant for me to tell you about it. But maybe not; maybe some readers want or need to know this stuff.
So instead of one at a time, I’ve collected several items together in today’s post about this year’s flu shots, swift delivery of OTC drugs, boomers and Hep C, a new kind of colonoscopy and an extremely useful new nursing home database.
Interesting news from the CDC today — they are now officially recommending all members of the Post War Generation should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus to help avert major increases in liver disease.