Publications

Members only publications are marked with a lock icon:
Filter By
Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Gait speed was independently associated with hospitalization and death and aided in risk stratification of elderly patients with heart failure in a study reported recently in JACC Heart Failure.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Tom Edmondson, MD, CMD, chair of the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, talks about why it’s important to have a certified medical director leading your team.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

The closer that older adults come to meeting the American Heart Association’s “ideal” targets for seven factors that determine cardiovascular health, the lower their risk for cognitive decline, according to a report published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Caring went to Capitol Hill in April for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Day at the Hill, a day of advocacy to draw attention to the disease, lobby for more funding, and visit with state lawmakers.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Facilities frequently feel a sense of relief after the completion of a Medicare/Medicaid certification survey, even if they’ve received a moderate number of citations. However, since the implementation of Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System, skilled nursing facility leaders should carefully consider the impact of all levels of deficiencies for potential informal dispute resolution (IDR,) as even low-level deficiencies can have a negative impact on the facility’s public reputation and their star rating and have potential implications for participation in managed...

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

The lack of available treatments that adequately treat Parkinson’s disease psychosis proved to be a big motivating factor for a majority of members of the Food and Drug Administration’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, who voted at a recent meeting that the benefits of the novel drug pimavanserin outweigh its risks.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

The importance of nature is well-known. Our indigenous ancestors lived close to and respected nature, believing humans and the elements of nature — animals, plants, natural forces and geographic features — were all members of an extended ecological family. The antelope, trees, sun, sky, lightning, rain, stones, seas, and rivers were all living things, vitally interconnected and kin. Today we know people want to be close to nature, as we hear some individuals hug trees. Human-centered design and access to the natural environment positively impact health outcomes and LTC residents’ quality...

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Subclinical hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are both linked to higher mortality in the elderly, with the greatest mortality increases found in those with thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) values above 6.38 mIU/L, according to a retrospective cohort study.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

The federal government has launched the second phase of its HIPAA Audit Program and will soon be identifying health providers it plans to target.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Fear of falling at 12 weeks after surgery was associated with poorer functional recovery up to 1 year after hip fracture, particularly if the person had a high level of function before the fracture, a study has shown.