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Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Elderly individuals who have dementia and develop pneumonia suffer more during the 10 days following the pneumonia diagnosis and in the days before death. This is according to a prospective observational study of patients from 32 nursing homes in The Netherlands.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

David Smith, MD, CMD, a Texas-based medical director and physician, talks about managing PAD and keeping the disease from destroying quality of life.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

ORLANDO — One in three black Americans and one in five whites and Hispanics will develop lower extremity peripheral arterial disease during their lifetime, according to the first-ever lifetime risk estimate calculated for this important manifestation of atherosclerotic vascular disease.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

In response to a recent address by the American Heart Association president suggesting that peripheral arterial disease is a largely unnoticed health crisis that needs more public awareness, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) released a statement urging caution in treating this condition. This caution was directed primarily toward the appropriate use of invasive procedures for PAD. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing PAD in post-acute/long-term care, and practitioners need to balance the benefits and risks of treating PAD in the frail elder population, discuss...

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

An expert panel has developed a communication framework to improve treatment of older, seriously ill patients who have surgical emergencies, which has been published in Annals of Surgery.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

As clinicians know, dementia is not a specific disease but a syndrome comprising multiple etiologies, which regularly overlap. Perhaps the most insidious, destructive — and to the clinician, frustrating — form of dementia is of the “ambulance acquired” variety.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease who performed poorly on early cognitive tests seemed to progress more rapidly than those with less baseline impairment, a study showed. Age was also an indicator of progression, with younger patients declining at a more rapid pace, according to the study published online in December on the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias website. But no single test—even those routinely used as diagnostic tools—successfully predicted the rate of decline, reported Jennifer N.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Many patients with Alzheimer’s disease can still identify a trusted individual to make decisions about participation in research, even when their cognitive abilities have declined to the point that they may not be able to give informed consent for participation in a particular research protocol.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Health care providers protect patient information through daily actions, but failures resulting in breaches of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are increasingly costly. Initially passed into law in 2003, HIPAA has been updated several times with a number of amendments and updates. Most recently, 2013 modifications added requirements for HIPAA-covered entities and business associates that required both types of entities to directly comply with the updated privacy and security standards.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

For doctors unable to meet meaningful use requirements for 2015, Congress has approved a blanket process for those applying for a hardship exemption to avoid having a penalty applied to their Medicare payments in 2017.