Medical Studies/Research

Attitudes About the Elderly Affect Their Treatment

According to Erdman B. Palmore, a professor emeritus of gerontology at Duke University, “The way our society devalues older people could contribute to their neglect and abuse on some occasions.” One Alzheimer’s patient cried out for water before going to the hospital with dehydration. Another broke an eye socket when a wheelchair rolled down a …

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Will the Healthcare Workforce be Adequate as Our Population Ages?

If our aging family members and friends are to continue to live robustly and in the best possible health, we need bold initiatives, says a report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine.  The Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans studied the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age …

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Location Matters! A Survey of Nearly 7,000 Home Health Care Providers, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes Revealed Stark Differences in Cost for Long-Term Care Services Based on Geographic Location

The most significant difference between locations was the hourly wage of Home Health Aides (HHAs), causing consumers in the most expensive markets to spend nearly seven times more than those in the least expensive markets. In addition to HHAs, the cost of nursing home care differed greatly across the country. For example, residents of Lafayette, …

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A Recent Department of Health and Human Services Report Indicates that 94% of America's Nursing Homes Have Been Cited for Violating Federal Health and Safety Standards.

But perhaps even more disturbing, however, is a study by Consumer Reports that found that state regulators fined only 50% of nursing homes whose misconduct warranted fines. Make no mistake about it—pressure sores, malnutrition, dehydration, and falls in nursing homes are not the inevitable consequence of old age and ill health.  They are, all too …

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The 10 Worst States for Nurse Staffing in Nursing Homes & Other Comparative Data

The federal government now has a revamped and simplified approach to its evaluations of nursing homes, in order to make the task of choosing the right one easier for families. Like the system the government uses for rating Medicare health and drug plans, the Nursing Home Compare site now gives nursing homes from 1 to 5 …

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Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers

“Pressure ulcers are increasingly common in U.S. hospitalizations. In 2006, there were 503,300 hospital stays during which pressure ulcers were noted—a 78.9 percent increase from 1993 when there were about 281,300 hospital stays related to pressure ulcers. During this same time period, the total number of hospitalizations increased by only 15 percent. Stays with a …

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Depression Leads to Internal Body Fat in 70-Somethings, Study Suggests

 “For the depressed public, it should be another reason to take one’s symptoms seriously and look for treatment,” said study co-author Stephen Kritchevsky, director of the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. People with depression were twice as likely as others to gain visceral fat — the kind that surrounds …

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