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In this issue: The 2017 OPTIMA Award winners, diabetes medication management, infection control programs, disaster planning and more.
A Massachusetts retirement community uses coaches to help seniors maintain physical, emotional and spiritual health.
A Washington state agency has drafted guidelines for people with dementia who don’t want to receive oral foods or fluids.
Japan’s food industry is rethinking meal time with the rising number of seniors and deaths related to choking.
Soda may be popular, but SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears says ice water is often the nicest accompaniment to a meal.
A Massachusetts couple sent diningware back to the drawing board to help older adults retain independence longer.
Comfort foods bring joyful memories and joy to our stomachs. Resident blogger Kathleen Mears longs for sandwiches on toast, a simple luxury that is difficult at best for her to get in long-term care.
Speech language pathologists outline the advantages of instrumental evaluations to capture residents’ swallowing abilities for diagnosing dysphagia.
Researchers examine a new assessment test to determine a resident’s risk of age-related muscle and skeletal loss called sarcopenia.
Why the next big chronic disease challenge for skilled nursing facilities could be diabetes.
The sweltering summer months can be dangerous for older adults, especially if they have chronic diseases, high blood pressure or obesity.
Is 90 the new 40? People in their ninth decade say age is more about the way people choose to live rather than the year they were born.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.