Health and Wellness

Interdisciplinary Acute Care Team Leads to Improved Hospitalization Outcomes
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Inpatient hospitalization can be a period of high risk for older adults, with an increased likelihood of falls, infections, functional decline, and institutionalization. The personal…

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Depression, Antidepressants & Infection
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff, or CDI) is on the rise among older adults, often as a hospital-acquired infection. Research to identify modifiable risk factors…

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Self- Versus Informant-Reported Cognitive Decline
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Cognitive problems like confusion or forgetfulness can cause great concern for older adults and their families, who are often concerned that these complaints may be…

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Benefits of Aerobic & Strength Training for Verbal & Spatial Memory
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Physical exercise appears to be an effective strategy to improve or maintain cognitive function. Resistance training (or strength training, such as weight lifting) and aerobic…

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Memory Support Training for Mild Cognitive Impairment
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a form of cognitive impairment that does not meet the criteria for dementia, but in which memory loss is…

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Study Supports Tdap Vaccine for Older Adults
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness, Policy & Regulation, Policy, Regulation & News

Pertussis (or whooping cough) has increased in prevalence in the United States over the last several years, and can be fatal for infants. Infants are…

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More Evidence on the Importance of Physical Activity for Brain Health
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

There appears to be increasing evidence that physical activity in later life may support continued cognitive well-being. It is unclear, however, how this hypothesized effect…

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Pharmaceutical Policy for the Aging World Population
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Demographic Influences, Health & Wellness, Policy & Regulation, Policy, Regulation & News

A recent opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses a European strategy for appropriate research, marketing, and authorization for geriatric medicines. The…

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The BRIGHTEN Program: An Electronic Networking Intervention Program for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Teams
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Thirty percent of older adults report depressive symptoms at primary care visits; however, many more may go undetected. Primary care physicians rarely have the time…

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Hurricane Evacuation: Its Impact on Nursing Home Residents with Dementia
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness, Long-term Care, Operational Resources, Operations, Senior Housing, Social/Environmental/Economic Determinants of Health

Natural disasters challenge any organization that must put evacuation plans in place to move those who are vulnerable. Recent research suggests that those with dementia…

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Physical Activity Appears to Protect the Aging Brain
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

There is still limited evidence on ways to prevent cognitive decline in later life, which results from structural changes in the brain, the causes of…

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Health Behavior Change Following Chronic Illness
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, cerebral vascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are considered preventable because they are substantially influenced by modifiable behaviors such…

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