Seniors with Dementia Feel Trapped at Home

A new report released by the Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that many older adults with dementia are increasingly feeling isolated from the rest of society.  35 percent of seniors with dementia said that they leave their home once a week or less while 10 percent left their residence only once a month or less.

via Seniors with Dementia Feel Trapped at Home.

Online Lessons in Dementia Management – NYTimes.com

Dr. Gitlin is an expert on “person-centered” care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the originator of a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on this condition, which will be offered through Coursera for five weeks starting in mid-October. You can sign up now.

via Online Lessons in Dementia Management – NYTimes.com.

The effect of physical rehabilitation on activities of daily living in older residents of long-term care facilities: systematic review with meta-analysis

physical rehabilitation may improve independence for elderly long-term care facility residents, but mean effects are small. It is unclear which interventions are most appropriate.

via The effect of physical rehabilitation on activities of daily living in older residents of long-term care facilities: systematic review with meta-analysis.

Effects of Chemotherapy on Survival of Elderly Patients with… : Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Statistically significant differences in the receipt of chemotherapy exist among elderly patients with SCLC. Chemotherapy is associated with a greater than 6-month improvement in median survival among elderly patients with SCLC, even in patients over the age of 80 years.

via Effects of Chemotherapy on Survival of Elderly Patients with… : Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

The difficult transition between the hospital and nursing home

But a rather stunning study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests the quality of communication between the hospital and the nursing home is horrendous.  The study was led by researchers from the University of Wisconsin, including nurse researcher, Dr. Barbara King and Geriatrician Dr. Amy Kind.

via The difficult transition between the hospital and nursing home.

Info Long-Term Care: Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works

Published by the Gerontological Society of America in 2012, this guide to communication provides practical tips based on evidence-based literature including general tips, face to face communication, optimizing interaction, and communicating with older adults with dementia.

via Info Long-Term Care: Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works.

Phase Angle, Frailty and Mortality in Older Adults – Online First – Springer

Narrow phase angle is associated with frailty and mortality independent of age and comorbidity.

via Phase Angle, Frailty and Mortality in Older Adults – Online First – Springer.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Alzheimer’s Disease Progression in Older Adults: Results from the Réseau sur la Maladie d’Alzheimer Français Cohort – Soto – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library

The use of ACE-Is in older adults with AD is associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline independent of hypertension. Future research is needed to explore the role of ACE-Is in long-term AD progression.

via Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Alzheimer’s Disease Progression in Older Adults: Results from the Réseau sur la Maladie d’Alzheimer Français Cohort – Soto – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library.

What Analgesics Do Older People Use Prior to Initiating Oxycodone for Non-Cancer Pain? A Retrospective Database Study – Online First – Springer

Oxycodone is frequently initiated for non-cancer pain without first trialing other analgesics. This highlights the need for prescribing practices to be reviewed in light of increasing concerns about adverse drugs events and death due to oxycodone, particularly in older people.

via What Analgesics Do Older People Use Prior to Initiating Oxycodone for Non-Cancer Pain? A Retrospective Database Study – Online First – Springer.

Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News

Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.

via Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News.