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CMS Announces Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

May 31, 2012

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As pressure mounts CMS (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services) announced a partnership to improve dementia care in the US.  They are partnering with providers, caregivers, patients to ensure appropriate use of antipsychotic medications. They say they want to “ensure appropriate care and use of antipsychotic medications for nursing home patients.”  Their first goal is […]

Senators push for informed consent before nursing homes use antipychotic drugs – Boston Medical News – White Coat Notes – Boston.com

May 31, 2012

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By Kay Lazar, Globe Staff Three US senators are ratcheting up a campaign to slash the misuse of powerful sedatives, known as antipsychotics, in the nation’s nursing homes. The three — Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wis., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. — have filed a proposal that would require federal regulators to issue standardized […]

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care – Houston Area Caregivers Conference

May 30, 2012

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There are three sessions for Laura that we want you to be aware of and attend if at all possible. Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. Few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia, however. They need the guidance this book provides to […]

We Are Not Prepared for Long-Term Care « Caring for Our Parents

May 30, 2012

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This is an excellent article but before I leave you to Howard let me state that I agree with him but this must be part of a larger discussion that we all need to have with our families.  We also need to plan how to take care of our own long term care taking into […]

Older adults may need more vitamin D to prevent mobility difficulties | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

May 30, 2012

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Newswise — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 29, 2012 – Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D – either from diet, supplements or sun exposure – may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “This is one of the first studies to […]

Yeah for the FDA!

May 29, 2012

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It isn’t often that we get a chance to cheer for an agency that does outstanding work but here is one for the FDA.  The New England Journal of Medicine did a study supported by the Pew Foundation and found that the FDA approved drugs faster than the agencies with that responsibility in Canada and […]

Enough serious stuff – let’s laugh

May 29, 2012

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Grandparents and children have a special relationship and some of these may be old but please enjoy all of them. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one […]