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FDA antibacterial review excludes healthcare products

Makers of antibacterial products used in healthcare facilities are off the hook—for now. A recently announced FDA proposed rule on safety and effectiveness will be limited to over-the-counter soaps and body washes made for consumers. Read More »

Cognitive decline, cold sores linked

Researchers have linked the same virus that causes cold sores to cognitive decline in people of all ages. One action may help prevent ill effects on the brain, however. Read More »

Information sharing, integration needed in LTC: survey

A survey of the 100 largest not-for-profit providers of senior care identifies strengths and weaknesses in the industry's use of technology. Read More »

A dementia cure by 2025?

G8 countries gathered for a summit in London have committed to identifying a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 and to significantly increasing research funding to reach that goal. Read More »

Long-term and post-acute care’s roles in lowering hospital readmissions

Post-acute medication management and partnerships with long-term care facilities and others are two strategies put forth by two recent pieces of research examining ways to lower hospital readmissions. Read More »

Seniors with dementia benefit from exercise

Improved cognition and ability to perform activities of daily living are two benefits seniors experience when they exercise, according to a new review of 16 studies. The authors say more research is needed, however. Read More »

Hospice workers highlighted by series

Those who missed the original run of Showtime's hospice-related documentary series can view it on demand or online. The cable network's website also has a resource guide for caregivers and others. Read More »

Dementia: National dialogue needed, report says

All countries need to develop plans to provide and finance care for those with dementia, according to a new policy brief that notes a coming “epidemic.” Read More »

Exercise offers benefits even if begun later in life, study finds

Another study finds that even seniors who begin exercising later in life can experience significant health benefits. Read More »

Fraud claims involve SNFs, home healthcare and DME providers

Several recent multimillion dollar Medicare fraud case convictions and settlements relate to the actions or alleged actions of skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare agencies and durable medical equipment companies and their employees. Read More »

Dementia-related training materials available

An organization is offering PowerPoint slides, handouts, pre-tests and tests and post-tests, evaluation forms and certificates for staff, family, volunteers, students and others. Read More »

6 ways you can ensure senior safety on the roads

During Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the American Occupational Therapy Association shares tips for those helping seniors prepare for comprehensive driving evaluations. Read More »

Bloodstream infections addressed in Joint Commission toolkit

New resources released by the Joint Commission and sister organizations aim to educate healthcare professionals about ways to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs. Read More »

New medication management guideline focuses on long-term care settings

Experts have updated an existing medication management guideline to make it specific to the long-term care environment, with information of use to nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and physician assistants who are part of interdisciplinary teams taking care of residents. Read More »

Small businesses face year delay in using federal health insurance website

Continuing issues with a government website mean that, for now, small employers will need to go through an insurance company, agent or broker to enroll in medical plans through the new federal marketplace. Read More »

Task force names 5 high-priority areas for senior health

Not enough evidence exists to recommend routine screening in those not showing signs or symptoms of cognitive impairment, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in a draft recommendation. The group also has released a list of five areas in senior health that it believes deserve more research. Read More »

Seniors lacking in communication of end-of-life wishes: survey

Many older Americans have not thought of or shared their wishes regarding how they want to be treated medically at the end of their lives, according to a new survey. Read More »

Interdisciplinary field looks at aging as a risk factor for chronic disease

The emerging interdisciplinary field of geroscience maintains that aging itself is the major risk factor for most chronic diseases prevalent in the older population. Learn more. Read More »

Meditation, yoga may slow dementia progression

New research may have you considering adding meditation and yoga to your activities schedule. Read More »

Data power in the managed care era

Long-term care (LTC) companies that acquire and understand their data will be in a much stronger position as hospitals, managed care organizations and accountable care organizations look for LTC partners, experts say. Read More »

Caring for violent LTC residents focus of AMA effort

Medical and correctional care providers as well as advocacy groups are being encouraged to work together to devise guidelines for caring for those with violent criminal backgrounds or violent tendencies in long-term care facilities. Read More »

Government encouraging families to share medical histories on Thanksgiving

The government is encouraging family members to share health history information with one another on Thanksgiving. In addition to having a conversation at your own holiday table, you can mention the idea to residents and their families. Read More »

California unprepared to meet LTC needs over next decade, new report says

In a challenge being faced in other parts of the country, too, California soon will have to make difficult fiscal trade-offs in an attempt to balance the long-term care needs of its residents with demands related to other programs, a new report finds. Read More »

New bill ties 3-day stay waiver to Nursing Home Compare ratings

Under a proposed bill, SNFs meeting certain criteria based on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services quality ratings automatically would qualify to waive the prior hospitalization requirement for Medicare coverage of Part A skilled nursing care benefits. Read More »

Exercise benefits seniors in many ways, new research says

Encouraging residents to exercise may help them improve their mental and physical health as well as their fitness for and recovery from surgery, according to results of two new studies. Read More »

New model indicates when memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers may have found a way for you to let residents know whether to relax or take other action. Read More »

3 ways to prevent bed rail problems

You can use a new poster from the government as part of your efforts to educate employees about the proper use of adult bed rails. It comes in English and Spanish language versions. Read More »

Eye doctor may diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in the future

The eye holds clues to Alzheimer’s disease, according to one study. Another study, however, finds no association between a common age-related eye disease and dementia. Read More »

New research, guidelines affect care of overweight and obese seniors

Three new studies and a new guideline on obesity and health from a government-convened panel have implications for medical, nursing, nutrition and activities personnel in long-term care environments. Read More »

Volunteering has physical benefits for seniors

Seniors who regularly donate their time to their favorite causes are physically healthier than those who don’t, according to new research. So think about encouraging volunteerism among residents. Read More »