Making a Skilled Nursing Facility a Joyful Place

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects nearly 20% of American seniors. Those most at risk include those who have one or more chronic conditions, are disabled, or are becoming increasingly dependent on others for their care. Because of this risk, those of us who design facilities for older people do our…

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Medicare Advantage to Include New Benefits

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare and is chosen by one third of Medicare beneficiaries. Offered by private insurance companies, Medicare Advantage covers (at a cost) “primarily health-related benefits.” But what is the definition of “health-related”? People with asthma benefit from the air filtering properties of air-conditioners, but does that mean that an…

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6 Changes in Aging Skin

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it ages, just as other organs age. Skin is made up of three layers: The hypodermis, the innermost layer of the skin, is composed of fat and collagen. The hypodermis insulates the body, which helps in regulating body temperature; and acts as a shock absorber…

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7 Ways to Know When Alzheimer’s Means Leaving Home

Alzheimer’s disease can be managed at home for many years. And that’s good, because maintaining stability in their living quarters brings a measure of calm to a person with cognitive impairment. There are many ways to make the home safer for people with Alzheimer’s, but at some point there may come a time to consider…

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5 Ways Medicine Effectiveness Changes with Age

If you’ve been taking medication for a chronic condition, you might find that once you pass age 65, it doesn’t work the same way it did when you first started it. You might also start developing side effects from a medication that never gave you problems before. Why would this happen? The answer is that…

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Judging Quality of Life in Nursing Homes

An international group of researchers has recently found what residents in long-term care facilities value most, and what makes them feel most at home. The results, published as “Hearing the Voice of the Resident in Long-Term Care Facilities — An Internationally Based Approach to Assessing Quality of Life,” in The Journal of the American Medical…

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Expert Tips for Getting the Best Care in a Nursing Home

Dad can no longer take care of himself, and everyone agrees it’s time for him to move into a facility that will care for him. But how can you make sure that he gets the attention he needs? Dr. Naushira Pandya, the president of The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, has spent years…

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