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Nearly Half of Older Americans Need Support With Daily Routines

HBNS STORY | October 23, 2014

About 18 million Americans age 65 and older require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals, finds a new study in Milbank Quarterly. The research shows a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers."

Elderly Who Have Had Serious Falls May Show Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

HBNS STORY | September 11, 2014

Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Vitamin D with Calcium May Prevent Bone Fractures for High-Risk Seniors

HBNS STORY | May 29, 2014

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

A Phone Call from a Pharmacist Can Reduce Some Hospital Admissions

HBNS STORY | April 10, 2014

Pharmacist-patient telephone consultations appear to reduce hospitalizations in patients who are least at risk, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Nursing Homes with More Black Residents Do Poorly

HBNS STORY | June 25, 2013

Nursing homes with higher proportions of Black residents do worse financially and deliver lower-quality care than nursing homes with few or no Black residents, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

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.

Education Can Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Home Patients

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2012

A new review in The Cochrane Library finds that education and social support for staff and caregivers can reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients with dementia.

Caregivers Neglect Their Own Health, Increasing Heart Disease Risk

HBNS STORY | November 6, 2012

People acting as caregivers for family members with cardiovascular disease may inadvertently increase their own risk for heart disease by neglecting their own health, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Assisted Living Options Grow, Nursing Home Occupancy Declines

HBNS STORY | May 23, 2012

A new study finds an association between an increase in assisted living options, which provide older adults with an array of services such as help with everyday tasks in homelike settings, and a decline in nursing home occupancy. This shift in delivery of care has both positive and negative implications for seniors.

After an Emergency, Comprehensive Care Is Best for Older Patients

HBNS STORY | July 21, 2011

Older people rushed to the emergency room are more likely to be living at home up to a year later if they receive a comprehensive and age-appropriate evaluation during their hospital stay.

Few Studies Delve Into Hospice Care in Nursing Homes

HBNS STORY | March 17, 2011

A new evidence review finds scant high-quality research on the best ways for nursing homes hoping to ease the suffering of older patients through hospice care. Still, the studies suggest that strategies such as teams of specialists and partnerships between nursing homes and hospice care services are essential.

Nursing Homes Can Reap Financial Gain From Good Report Cards

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2010

Nursing homes that improve their quality of care – and thereby score high on public report cards – might see financial gains.