Aging

Avoiding antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents with dementia

Nurses are critical to improved resident well-being. Takeaways: Elderly patients using antipsychotic medications are at a 1.6 to 1.7 times increased of risk of death, and antipsychotic medications are associated with significant side effects. Individual...

Advanced care of patients with cognitive impairment

A proactive strategy to reduce workplace violence and improve staff satisfaction. Takeaways Proactive care strategies can prevent unwanted behaviors in patients with cognitive impairment. Reducing disruptive behaviors decreases workplace violence incidents. Investing in the professional...

The Parkinson’s Foundation launched first-ever Nurse Fellowship program

The Parkinson’s Foundation recently announced the launch of its new Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship program in the U.S. The fellowship award will offer support up to $95,000 “in salary, fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, research allowance, and...

The role of adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners

This growing field offers opportunities in a variety of settings. Your perspective of the nurse practitioner (NP) role may be shaped by the NPs you encounter at work. Perhaps you think that adult-gerontology acute care...

Continuing care without walls

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today This long-term care option definitely got my attention…for my older relatives and also for myself in the not-too-distant future: continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) without walls. And...

A potential link in high salt diets and cognitive decline

A new study from Nature highlights a potential link in high-salt diets and Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined salt-rich diets in mice, which led to “cognitive dysfunction associated with nitric oxide deficit in cerebral endothelial...

Longer estrogen exposure improves cognitive function

Based on a new study, postmenopausal women may see improved cognitive function with endogenous estrogen exposure (EEE). The new study from The Journal of North American Menopause Society (NAMS) examined a sample of 2,114 postmenopausal...

Six ways to prevent medication diversion in home care

An article in HomeCare outlines six strategies for preventing medication diversion in the home. Home and hospice care is an integral part of the US healthcare system, but there can be many risks associated with...

Fragmented physical activity and mortality risk

A new study published in JAMA Network Open reveals new insights into mortality risk in older adult patients. Historically, reduced physical activity in older adults has been seen as one of the greatest risks for...

Preventing osteoporosis using the PRECEDE model

In August 2019, a study was published that investigated the efficacy of educational intervention based on the PRECEDE (Predisposing, Reinforcing and Enabling Constructs in Educational Diagnosis and Evaluation) model to promote osteoporosis prevention behaviors...

Why is it harder to lose weight as we get older?

One of the universal struggles many patients face, especially as they age, is how to keep extra weight off and understanding why it’s easier to gain weight than lose it. Recent studies may shed...
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The impact of rounding on a geriatric psychiatric unit

A tool for patient safety and staff satisfaction. By Idrialis Perez-Carter, MS, RN Takeaways: Readers will be able to understand the purpose of staff rounding. Readers will identify one positive result that can result from having...
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Assessing and preventing cognitive impairment in the elderly

All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals.