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October 24, 2018
More than six million adults in the United States are homebound or semi-homebound, and these numbers are certain to grow as our society ages. To help ensure the best possible care for these individuals, a team of researchers has created a quality of...
October 15, 2018
Many, if not most, existing quality measures for nursing home care reflect facility processes and characteristics, which are not designed to evaluate the primary care provider’s (PCP) role in this setting. A new study in the October issue of JAMDA...
September 25, 2018
Antibiograms are important clinical tools to help guide antimicrobial therapy and support antibiotic stewardship. However, it is challenging for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to create antibiograms due to the low number of bacterial isolates...
September 12, 2018
Dysphagia, marked by impaired swallowing, is a common problem in nursing homes, and typical signs of aging such as sarcopenia contribute to this condition. A new study in the September issue of JAMDA identified dysphagia as an independent risk...
September 6, 2018
Flu season is fast approaching. The 2017-2018 season was especially brutal for older adults, especially nursing home residents. Post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings such as nursing homes are a particularly dangerous environment for flu...
August 22, 2018
Dehydration is a serious concern for nursing home residents and can result in delirium, falls, constipation, urinary tract infections, and renal impairment. An article in the August issue of JAMDA identifies some of the challenges and issues...
August 15, 2018
The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, executive director of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, to the Board of Examiners for the 2018 Malcolm...
August 8, 2018
The rising global aging population has led to increased attention on sarcopenia, a condition characterized by an age-related decline in muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical function. However, diagnosing sarcopenia can be difficult and complex...
July 26, 2018
The burdens and challenges of caring for someone with dementia are significant for family caregivers. In 2007, a tragic case brought worldwide attention to this issue when a 91-year-old man living with dementia wandered onto a railway line in Japan...
July 11, 2018
Music therapy has long been demonstrated to effectively relieve agitation and behavioral issues among people with dementia. However, the effectiveness of specific methods of music engagement has received less study and has remained uncertain. Now a...