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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

The importance of the life story in memory care

The importance of the life story in memory care

Knowing residents' life stories is critical for staff members who care for those with Alzheimer's disease or other memory or communication challenges.

Stepping up to safety

Stepping up to safety

Wander management solutions let residents roam without the risk.

Changing perceptions of aging through art

Changing perceptions of aging through art

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MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting discusses her plans to change perceptions related to aging.

$21.8 million study to examine exercise/brain health link in older adults

$21.8 million study to examine exercise/brain health link in older adults

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Independent living community residents most likely will be part of a five-year, $21.8 million study of the connection between exercise and memory and brain function as people age, the project's leader tells McKnight's Senior Living.

Program helps those with dementia regain 'lost' words

Program helps those with dementia regain 'lost' words

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An innovative online speech therapy program is helping seniors with dementia recall words that seemed lost, including the names of their grandchildren.

Better mental health services are needed, report finds

Better mental health services are needed, report finds

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More than half of the 43.7 million Americans with a mental health condition are not receiving treatment, according to a report from Mental Health America.

Exercise may benefit seniors with dementia

Exercise may benefit seniors with dementia

Older adults who already have memory and thinking difficulties may see a small benefit from exercising, according to new research published Wednesday online by the journal Neurology.

Driving safety tests only 77% accurate for those with dementia

Driving safety tests only 77% accurate for those with dementia

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Current testing methods are only 77% accurate in helping to predict how safe it is for people who have mild dementia to drive, according to a study.

Caffeine could help women ward off dementia

Caffeine could help women ward off dementia

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Consuming high amounts of caffeine appears to protect women from developing dementia or cognitive impairment, according to the results of a new study.

$625,000 stipend will continue work to alter perceptions of aging, dementia

$625,000 stipend will continue work to alter perceptions of aging, dementia

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Anne Basting's work to improve older adults' quality of life and change perceptions related to aging and dementia recently received a big boost in the form of a $625,000 "genius grant" that came with her being named one of 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2016.

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March 16

A wee bit o' fun

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Poet's Walk San Antonio had an early St. Patrick's Day celebration on Wednesday.

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