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Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

COPENHAGEN — Patients with venous leg ulcers have an increased risk of occult cancer — especially hematologic and immune-related malignancies — according to a Danish nationwide cohort study.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

BARCELONA — New, unpublished data from the FINGER multimodal lifestyle intervention study indicates that targeting nutrition, exercise, and metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors boosted overall cognitive performance, memory, and executive function to the greatest extent in elderly people at risk of cognitive decline who carried the APOE E ε4 allele.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

The love of a favorite song and happy memories invoked by music from one's youth — these never die, even as people age and cognition slips away. Just ask Kelly Curry, CTRS, director of activities at Sea View Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Home in Staten Island, NY.

Clinical Alerts
December 24, 2015

From: Federal Practitioner
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Federico Perez, MD; Robin L.P. Jump, MD, PhD
Dr. Perez and Dr. Jump are physicians and researchers at the Louis Stokes VAMC and assistant professors of medicine at Case Western Reserve University...

JAMDA
December 23, 2015

Older adults are often transferred from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for post-acute care. Patients may be at risk for adverse outcomes after SNF discharges, but little research has focused on this period.

JAMDA
December 21, 2015

Walking speed, grip strength, and standing balance are key components of physical performance in older people. The present study aimed to evaluate (1) associations of these physical performance measures with cause-specific mortality, (2) independent associations of individual physical performance measures with mortality, and (3) the added value of combined use of the 3 physical performance measures in predicting all-cause and cause-specific mortality.

JAMDA
December 20, 2015

Hospital discharges to post-acute care (PAC) facilities have increased rapidly. This increase may lead to more hospital readmissions from PAC facilities, which are common and poorly understood. We sought to determine the risk factors and timing for hospital readmission from PAC facilities and evaluate the impact of readmission on patient outcomes.

JAMDA
December 20, 2015

To identify independent predictors of the risk of functional decline in older nursing home (NH) residents.

Policy Snapshot
December 18, 2015

It is likely that 2015 will be remembered as a crucial year of policy implementation that will set the stage for the future of health care delivery. It began early last January with an announcement from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell that left the fee-for-service as the sole reimbursement model in the dust and moved us with lighting speed into the future of health care delivery. HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations...