Pamela Tabar

Pamela Tabar
Pamela Tabar was editor-in-chief of I Advance Senior Care from 2013-2018. She has worked as a writer and editor for healthcare business media since 1998, including as News Editor of Healthcare Informatics. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master's degree in English from the University of York, England.

Sensory garden engages residents with dementia to touch, smell their surroundings

An Australian town has built a unique garden where visitors are encouraged to smell—and touch—the roses. Read More »

Gillette develops razor for ‘assisted shaving’

The new razor’s shape and capabilities are specifically designed for caregivers to shave someone else. Read More »

Faulty sense of smell can be indicator of dementia

A Canadian study has connected memory loss and a confused nose. Could it lead to earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease?  Read More »

iN2L hires gaming expert to lead product development

The Electronic Arts alumnus also brings healthcare technology development experience to the iN2L team. Read More »

San Diego County creates its own assisted living review site

The comparison and ratings tool stems from a longstanding problem with elder abuse and neglect cases in the county. Read More »

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers. Read More »

And the 2017 OPTIMA Award winners are…

I Advance Senior Care is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Resident-Focused Care and this year’s new award, the OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care. Read More »

Singer-songwriter Glen Campbell dies of Alzheimer’s at 81

Despite 21 Top 40 hits, dozens of albums and several appearances on the silver screen, the music legend may end up being best known for his brave and open approach to his own disease. Read More »

Purdue develops automatic UTI sensor

The product works completely without caregiver intervention and has higher accuracy rates that over-the-counter kits, researchers say.  Read More »

LeadingAge, VCU collaborate on ageism awareness training

The video-based training will help administrators provide sensitivity training and education on fighting the stereotypes and assumptions about older adults and the aging process. Read More »

CMS raises reimbursement by 1%, pushes VBP

With the Value-Based Purchasing program due to begin in 2019, CMS is pushing SNFs to get on board with performance baselines now. Read More »

KKR, Walgreens buy PharMerica for $909M

The joint venture will convert pharmacy benefit manager PharMerica into a private company. Read More »

Silverado invests in Chicagoland for memory care

The national memory care provider is building its fifth site in the Chicago area—this time, a 47,000 sq. ft. community that will serve up to 90 residents with dementia. Read More »

Overprescribing opioids

Many surgery patients seem to have plenty of prescription pain pills left over after their recovery, and that’s a big problem, says a new JAMA study. Read More »

Emergency: Is evacuation the best choice?

Evacuate? Shelter in place? A new study shows that fleeing an emergency can still have harmful effects on elderly residents. Read More »

NCCDP names memory care CNA of the Year

This year's winner is changing the face of memory care in Connecticut. Read More »

Detecting muscle and bone loss

Researchers examine a new assessment test to determine a resident’s risk of age-related muscle and skeletal loss called sarcopenia. Read More »

Sleep apnea and cognitive decline

Sleep-disordered breathing may affect cognition, especially in those who carry the APOE-4 gene, thought to be a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's. Read More »

UC Davis awarded $14M to study Alzheimer’s in Latinos

The university will lead a 10-site examination of risk factors and the role of genetics in cognitive decline among Latinos. Read More »

Senate says no to ‘skinny repeal’ healthcare bill version

The Senate has voted 51-49 to keep the Affordable Care Act law the way it is—for now. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s time to “move on.” Read More »

HIMSS names new president and CEO

A Kaiser Permanente veteran will take over the nation’s largest association dedicated to healthcare IT. Read More »

CDC: Diabetes rates on the rise

Why the next big chronic disease challenge for skilled nursing facilities could be diabetes. Read More »

KKR to buy WebMD for $2.8B

The new parent company is putting its money on the power of online wellness information and products. Read More »

Five Star bets on wellness, rebrands rehab division

The senior care chain has reshaped its footprint in wellness services for health maintenance and rehabilitation therapy. Read More »

412 charged in largest-ever fraud bust

July has been a record-breaking month for the Department of Justice’s fraud squad, which orchestrated a 30-state takedown totaling $1.3 billion in fraudulent or illegal activities. Read More »

Senate abandons second healthcare bill

The Senate GOP has pulled the plug on its most recent attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Read More »

Gait and cognitive decline

Gait slowing and cognitive decline have a lot in common, especially the hippocampus, according to U. Pitt researchers. Read More »

Senate GOP issues revisions to BCRA health bill

GOP senators make a few big changes to the BCRA bill but stick to their guns on tax repeals and cuts to Medicaid. Read More »

LeadingAge center tackles workforce challenges

The new group will explore long-term and post-acute care staffing issues and provide resources to combat turnover. Read More »

Diabetes and dementia risks

A medication for type 2 diabetes called metformin is the subject of a study exploring the possible effects of the drug on the development of dementia. Read More »