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Depression and Dementia in Older Adults Increase Risk of Preventable Hospitalizations

HBNS STORY | November 20, 2014

Older adults with mental health conditions, such as depression or cognitive impairment, have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days after a hospital stay for pneumonia, heart attack or congestive heart failure, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Home Health, Palliative Care, Hospice: What's the Difference and Who Needs Them?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 6, 2014 | Janet Bollig

I recently spoke with a gentleman with a significant illness whose main goal is to stay home. He decided to utilize our skilled home health services and home medical equipment. Over time, he transitioned into our palliative care program and currently is in our hospice program. Here is information on what these services are and who may benefit from them...

Seeing the Government's Star Ratings Is One Thing, Believing Them Is Another

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 9, 2014 | Trudy Lieberman

Just a few years ago it seemed that advocates for health care transparency had scored a big victory. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they would rate nursing homes by awarding five stars to the best and fewer stars to lower-quality facilities. It turns out, though, that five-star nursing homes may not be delivering five-star quality...

My Partner, My Memory

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 15, 2014 | Barbara Kivowitz

I don't know if it's growing older, or New England winters, or the meds I take, or watching Homeland and Downton Abbey in the same week – but my memory isn't as crisp as it used to be. My partner, Richard, has become part of my cerebral cortex...

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 14, 2014 | Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing...

Hospitalization Increases Risk of Depression and Dementia for Seniors

HBNS STORY | February 27, 2014

People over age 65 who have been hospitalized are at significantly greater risk for dementia or depression, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

A Better Health System for Frail and Disabled Elders

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 9, 2013 | Ken Covinsky

Let's stop telling the public that exercising and eating blueberries are guarantees for avoiding frailty and disability. Let's start talking about how to maintain our quality of life as we age and inevitably encounter health problems.

How to Help a Young Caregiver

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 4, 2013 | Tarah Knaresboro

I know a young woman who serves as the primary caregiver for her mother. Watching her put everything on hold to take the helm is both inspiring and heartbreaking. With her stamp of approval, here are ten tips for anyone out there trying to support a caregiver.

We Can Do Better

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 22, 2013 | James Appleby

It's a scene that plays out daily in exam rooms across the country. The aging patient, accompanied by a caregiver, is seeing his or her physician and a discussion starts regarding the patient's memory.

Survival Tips for Family Caregivers

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

If a family member or friend has a serious medical illness or procedure, you may be called on to provide care after your loved one leaves the hospital, emergency room or doctor’s office. Assisting with their health care needs frequently falls on untrained family members or friends.

Long-Term Care and Long-Term Care Insurance

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Learn about long-term care and whether you need long-term care insurance.

Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Elderly with Dementia

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Most older adults with dementia can successfully be taken off antipsychotic medications, which have negative side effects and increase the risk of death, finds a new evidence review from The Cochrane Library.

Choosing a Nursing Home

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Choosing a nursing home for a family member can be a challenging and exhausting process.

Finding Treatment Information

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

Want to find out more about the treatments your doctors suggest? Here are some resources for doing your research and comparing your options.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Make Good Treatment Decisions

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Regular Physical Activity May Help Ward Off Dementia Years Later

HBNS STORY | July 17, 2012

Older adults who engage in vigorous physical activity three or more times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with dementia later compared to adults who don’t, according to a new longitudinal study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Study Illuminates Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2012

A new study finds that decreasing the disparities in rates of type 2 diabetes among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics could eliminate some racial and ethnic disparities in the development of cognitive impairment or dementia. Prior research has shown that type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for all forms of major cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Cognitive Reframing Can Help Dementia Caregivers with Depression, Stress

HBNS STORY | November 9, 2011

A new evidence review from the Netherlands finds that a psychotherapy technique called cognitive reframing can help reduce caregivers’ stress when they are caring for loved ones with dementia.

Listening to My Mother

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 9, 2011 | Corinne H. Rieder

I can't deny it I miss the mother I once had. Even at age 80, she was vibrant, loving, and independent. And she was strong. For nearly 20 years she provided care to my father, who before his death struggled with normal-pressure hydrocephalus and macular degeneration. What an incredible woman!

Memory Training Might Not Be Best for Reducing “Senior Moments”

HBNS STORY | January 18, 2011

A new evidence review suggests that memory drills and similar brain-boosting activities are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults.

The Inconvenient Evidence on Alzheimer's

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 16, 2010 | Jessie Gruman

Lifestyle May Not Prevent Alzheimer's trumpets a headline in Time magazine. The article goes on to describe a carefully conducted review of decades of evidence examining the hypothesis that exercise, social relationships, diet or vitamins can ward off Alzheimer's disease. The study concludes that there is not sufficient evidence to be able to recommend that the public take any of these actions to prevent or delay the disease.

Sorting Through the Promise of Alzheimer's Research

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 5, 2010 | Gail Hunt

Greetings from the National Alliance for Caregiving! Last week I participated in a very interesting panel on Preventing Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline. It was a pleasure for me to meet and confer with expert academics and clinicians on' this emerging field of research.