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Dementia, stroke risk linked with diet soda consumption

Dementia, stroke risk linked with diet soda consumption

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People who drink at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day could have almost three times the risk of developing dementia or stroke compared with those who drink such beverages less than once a week, according to new research. And switching to beverages sweetened with sugar isn't necessarily better for the brain.

Frontline staff effective in reducing antipsychotic use: study

Frontline staff effective in reducing antipsychotic use: study

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The off-label use of antipsychotic medication to treat cognitively impaired residents can be significantly reduced by training frontline staff members to recognize that individuals may exhibit challenging behaviors when trying to communicate about their unmet needs, according to the results of a newly published study.

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

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Fifty-one percent of tweets by private users of Twitter accounts contain comments that are stigmatizing when they mention dementia or the people who have it, according to a recently published study.

Benzodiazepines increase risk of pneumonia in people with dementia: study

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People who have dementia and take benzodiazepines are at a 30% increased risk of developing pneumonia compared with those with dementia taking Z-drugs and those taking neither type of medication, according to a study published Monday.

Public has mixed views about end-of-life care for those with dementia

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Support exists for both life-sustaining interventions and for measures to enable peaceful death for those with dementia and other progressive neurologic illnesses, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.

A move toward a more inclusive society

A move toward a more inclusive society

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What do dementia and Parkinson's disease have to do with professional basketball? Read on.

Senior living community penalized after resident with dementia elopes, dies

Senior living community penalized after resident with dementia elopes, dies

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A North Carolina senior living community has been told not to accept new residents after a resident with dementia wandered away from the community and later was found dead. The community also has been told that its licensure status will be downgraded to provisional unless it can demonstrate compliance.

Husband says he killed wife with dementia at her request, police report states

Husband says he killed wife with dementia at her request, police report states

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A Florida man has been charged with premeditated homicide after he reportedly shot and killed his wife, who lived in an assisted living community and had dementia. The man told police that his wife had asked him to kill her, according to the arrest report.

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

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Smartphone apps such as Google Calendar may be able to help some people who have mild dementia, suggests a case study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

2 caregivers charged with felonies after resident freezes to death

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Two former caregivers at a Michigan assisted living community are facing felony charges after a resident with dementia exited the building and froze to death.

More news for Tuesday, March 21

Ryan: Healthcare bill must do more for older people ... Here's the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD ... End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals ... Vitamin E, selenium supplements did not prevent dementia

National study of cognitive therapy begins at senior living communities

National study of cognitive therapy begins at senior living communities

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Can a cognitive rehabilitation therapy from Japan alleviate symptoms such as apathy and depressed mood and improve quality of life and cognitive and physical functioning in older adults who have mild to moderate dementia? Nine senior living communities are helping researchers find out.

More news for Friday, March 10

Senate advances Trump's Medicaid, Medicare pick ... Opinion: How the Republicans' Obamacare replacement puts Medicaid in jeopardy ... American Health Care Act passes through another House committee ... Appeals court wrestles with new joint-employer definition ... Medicaid block grants and federalism: Lessons from Canada ... Tooth loss linked to an increased risk of dementia

More news for Monday, March 6

Mystery traders made millions illegally on Softbank-Fortress deal, SEC says ... Sensory room improves quality of life for those with dementia ... One man's quest to embrace his Alzheimer's disease ... Sens. Warren and Grassley: Over-the-counter hearing aids — the path forward

Transition game

Transition game

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For many residents, getting into and out of bathtubs can be fraught with danger. Fortunately, advancements in product design and workplace solutions make the transition less problematic.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 2

Trump's Supreme Court pick may mean trouble for CMS, healthcare regs ... Senate Republicans approve Price for HHS post ... The link between sleep and cognitive impairment in elderly ... Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women

Brain-stimulating activities can lower risk of mild cognitive impairment

Brain-stimulating activities can lower risk of mild cognitive impairment

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Playing games, making crafts, using a computer and engaging in social activities can help older adults decrease the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, according to research published Monday.

More news for Friday, Jan. 27

Mushrooms might help delay or prevent dementia ... ACA repeal efforts would affect state laws, too

$5 million verdict against assisted living community follows elopement, death of resident

$5 million verdict against assisted living community follows elopement, death of resident

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A California jury has returned a $5 million verdict against an assisted living community where a resident with dementia eloped and subsequently died.

Improving guardianship systems is aim of demonstration project

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A new demonstration project has the goal of improving state guardianship systems for older adults with dementia, individuals with disabilities and others.

Late resident's family sues after elopement-related death

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The family of a deceased former senior living community resident is suing the Michigan community where she lived, claiming negligence and carelessness because she eloped and died from hypothermia.

High blood pressure may protect 'oldest old' from dementia: study

High blood pressure may protect 'oldest old' from dementia: study

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Older adults who develop high blood pressure later in life have a lower risk of dementia after age 90, especially if they develop hypertension at or after age 80, according to the results of a new study.

Tablet computers help manage agitation in people with dementia: study

Tablet computers help manage agitation in people with dementia: study

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Tablet computers are safe and potentially effective in managing agitation among people with dementia, according to the results of a small pilot study in press by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dementia more common in people who live near highways

Dementia more common in people who live near highways

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People who live near major state or interstate highways have a greater risk of developing dementia than those who live farther away, according to a new study of 6.6 million people.

More news for Wednesday, Jan. 4

Feb. 10 is deadline for comments on CMS PACE proposal ... Minnesota creatives use art to connect with people who have dementia ... Easing older adults' loneliness can help keep them healthy ... Growing number of Americans retiring outside United States ... Medicaid reform needs state director input, group says ... Better Business Bureau names top scams of 2016 ... 20 of the most active communities of 2016

'Sniff test' can help diagnose early Alzheimer's: study

'Sniff test' can help diagnose early Alzheimer's: study

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Administering a simple "sniff test" can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and the mild cognitive impairment that often progresses to dementia, according to the results of a newly published study.

CMS provides long-awaited guidance about HCBS for those with dementia

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Person-centered care plans, staffing, activities and environmental design are the keys for residential and adult day settings seeking reimbursement for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries of home- and community-based services who exhibit unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in recently published FAQs.

More news for Tuesday, Dec. 20

CMS announces Medicare-Medicaid ACO model ... Frequent sauna bathing protects men against dementia ... Researchers combat antimicrobial resistance using smartphones ... The growing need for senior housing in China ... Salk scientists reverse signs of aging ... Senior living resident found dead of apparent exposure

More news for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Labor transition team member hates Obama regs ... New survey shows only half of people plan to get flu shots this year ... Opinion: The 21st Century Cures Act — A huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty ... The moral obligation to address the needs of family caregivers for those with dementia ... Rewarding provider performance: 10 years in

More news for Tuesday, Dec. 6

Women with dementia receive less medical attention ... The Senate was expected to vote on the 21st Century Cures legislation today ... 89% of adults over 50 own some type of mobile device and 73% of adults aged 50 to 59 own a smartphone, according to AARP ... Only 12% of older Americans have some form of dental insurance, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries ... The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission will meet Thursday and Friday in Washington ... A Texas jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $1 billion to patients who claimed the company hid flaws in its artificial hips ... Muscle mass gain after age 60 is possible ... Operator examines evolution of assisted living ... America's jobless rate falls to 9-year low

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