To Err is Human… To Ignore may lead to Death

June 28, 2010

Medication Errors – F 332-the facility must assure that it is free of medication error rates of 5 % or greater. F333 states the facility must assure that residents are free of any significant medication errors. According to studies drug…

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“Did You Say The Opening’s In The BACK?”

May 11, 2009

Love it when the  different passions of my life converge and… beg for a creative solution. Fashion, the Health Care Universe and Marketing all came together in Lucette Lagnado’s article in The Wall St. Journal. So Doctors and Hospitals still…

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'Bad' Cholesterol, Rare Alzheimer's May Be Linked

May 29, 2019

If research confirms that high cholesterol plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease, officials may need to reduce our target levels for “bad” LDL cholesterol, the study author said. Source: NEW FEED

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350 Million Dollars Worth of Hope!

July 1, 2015

June, the month dedicated to Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness is over, and this year it seems to have brought with it … hope! Hope stemming from new research findings as well as from newly allocated resources to fund further research….

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4 Ways to Stop Age-Related Memory Loss

March 12, 2024

Experts offer tips on how to prevent age-related memory loss. Plus, how to tell if it’s a senior moment or an early sign of Alzheimer’s. Source: NEW FEED

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5 Great Tips for Filling Beds in Your Health Care Facility

April 15, 2013

Develop Strong Relationships with your Residents As with any business, satisfying your existing customers/clients is a great way to develop an excellent reputation and generate new leads. The title of a book written by Pete Blackshaw says it all –…

Categories: Health Care, Hospitals, Long Term Care

6 Minutes of Exercise May Help Shield Your Brain From Alzheimer's

January 12, 2023

A new, small study suggests six minutes of high-intensity exercise might prolong the lifespan of a healthy brain, perhaps delaying the start of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Source: NEW FEED

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A “Friend” – Indeed!

March 28, 2010

Integral to being a successful, modern, enterprising adult – it appears, is the ability to shift one’s cognitive association of the tried & true. Favorite words. Old “FRIENDS”… According to LinkedIn, I have 198 trusted friends and colleagues to whom…

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A Bobbo by Any Other Name…

January 27, 2009

Here’s the affirmation I needed that it wasn’t just a marketer’s need to brand myself, but a representative trend of Boomers to attempt to defy the gravitational pull of aging and to put our imprimatur on everything related to our lives. We’re deciding what fifty today looks like, and if that means being more physically fit and well-coiffed than anyone else in history, so be it. We’re grateful and delighted our kids are having some more of the same, and love every moment of interaction with each amazing prodigy that is gifted our way but we’ve got to calibrate the perspective…and “Bobbo” is who’ve I’ve chosen to be to these wonderful children who happen to be our wonderful grandchildren.
So not intentionally wishing to brand myself, this marketing executive was keenly aware that cognitive association is deeply rooted in the names we choose and the mantles we wear. Just didn’t realize that tos Bobbo was at the forefront of another revolution!

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March 28, 2010

Changes are afoot on the horizon of healthcare in America, there is no denying that.  And regardless of how you feel about the healthcare bill that is moving through our government, the reality is that the changes are real and…

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A Groupon a Day Keeps Flower Lovers at Bay

February 15, 2011

Some folks who desired to gift their valentine with flowers from FTD, while taking advantage of savings offered by Groupon, were left in the red. Seems discounts on the FTD site were $5 to $10 lower than the coupon price…

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A Little Volunteering Goes a Long Way . . . To Help Your Mental Function

December 26, 2009

With the number of U.S. seniors with Alzheimer’s skyrocketing, much research is underway to determine how to stave off this mental deterioration, keeping people physically and mentally sound as they age. A recent report in the December Journals of Gerontology:…

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A Look at the HCANJ Assisted Living Conference

May 24, 2011

Last week, I was at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ for the HCANJ 13th Annual State Assisted Living Conference. It was enormously gratifying to see how many people knew about and its expanding role…

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ACL Rehab Has a High Success Rate

March 13, 2008

Good news for boomers – those knee pains may not be the death knell to afternoons on the court. Baby boomers are among the most active of aging cohorts, and this manifests in a high rate of sports related injuries….

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Addiction and Pain Management

May 17, 2021

If you’ve battled a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be nervous about taking medications that treat pain, such as opioids. Learn more about the options you might have and how to weigh them. Source: NEW FEED

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Administration on Aging Projection for the US Senior Population

April 27, 2014

According to the Administration on Aging, the number of Americans who are 85 or older is expected to triple to almost 20 million by the year 2050. While elderly women will still vastly outnumber men, the disparity is expected to…

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Administrators: “MDS BEWARE”

August 11, 2010

Posted by: Eileen Parenti of Specialty Rx We have all heard the buzz about the MDS 3.0 over the past several months and how it will affect reimbursement and staffing.  The staff has been trained and hopefully the facilities are…

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Advance Care Plans Are Crucial for Mentally Ill

January 12, 2011

Ironically enough, it’s the ones that need them most that by and large don’t have advance care directives in place. These significant plans usually encompass living wills; do-not-resuscitate orders; do-not-hospitalize orders; and restrictions on feeding tubes, medications or other treatments…

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January 20, 2011

The first Baby Boomer turned 65 recently.  With so many advances in medical science, life expectancy is getting longer by the day. At the same time, cancer seems to impact everyone in one way or another.  So, it’s no wonder,…

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October 25, 2017

Retirement Community Sued Over Inappropriate Resident Photos Posted to Facebook: A timely reminder of the utmost importance of enforcing the latest CMS regulations for social media. We are reminded today of the pain that misuse and abuse of social media…

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All in the Timing: Many Get Knee Replacement Too Late or Too Soon

January 13, 2020

Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago found that 90% of patients who could benefit from the procedure waited too long to have it, while about 25% of patients who didn’t need it underwent the procedure too soon. Source:…

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All Inclusive–Forest Hills of D.C.

August 21, 2014

Consumers often associate the words “all inclusive” with resort hotels and cruise ships. However, some local innovators are applying the term inclusive more broadly and offering inclusive senior living. Inclusive senior living is certainly all inclusive. It is a principle…

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Also in the News for Wednesday, Jan. 3

January 3, 2018

Report: VA hospitals improving ratings by taking fewer complex patients … Medicaid pays patients’ acupuncture for pain management … Vitamin D, calcium supplements don’t prevent fractures in older adults Source: NEW FEED

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Alzheimer's Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 Risk

May 27, 2020

Part of the increased risk among people with dementia may owe to high rates of new coronavirus infections in nursing homes. But this study suggests genetics may also be a factor. Source: NEW FEED

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Alzheimer's Genes Might Show Effects in Your 20s

June 27, 2019

The results revealed that participants between 18 and 65 who had family members with Alzheimer’s scored lower than those who did not. That included even young adults in their 20s. Source: NEW FEED

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Alzheimer's Patients Often Given Too Many Meds

March 10, 2021

Many older adults with dementia are prescribed dangerous combinations of drugs that raise their risk of overdose, falls and further mental deterioration, a new study finds. Source: NEW FEED

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Alzheimer's Tests May Miss Women, Overdiagnose Men

July 23, 2018

The tests that doctors use to diagnose Alzheimer’s catch women later in the disease, a problem that may deny women early care, overdiagnose some men and skew research findings, according to a new study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International…

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American, Senior Citizens … and Feeling Better!

May 21, 2015

The third edition of the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report was recently published, showing that older Americans’ health is improving. The Report indicates positive trends nationwide for senior health, especially for measures that look at whether seniors…

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An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's

August 2, 2021

Studies show the drug Riluzole which is used to slow the progression of ALS may have positive effects on cognition in people with mild Alzheimer’s. Source: NEW FEED

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An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

October 20, 2010

It is a statement that has quickly made its way into the collective consciousness of Americans – “There’s an app for that.”  Kind of like the “Where’s the beef?” of the new millenium.  Even within the practices of medicine and…

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Another Breakthrough: 3 Paralyzed People Now Walk

October 31, 2018

3 previously paralyzed people can now walk with minimal assistance, Swiss researchers report. They need only the aid of crutches or a walker, thanks to incredibly precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cord combined with intensive rehabilitation, the scientists say….

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Another Plus to Cardiac Rehab: Better Sex

December 6, 2018

Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review. Source: NEW FEED

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Antihistamine Can Reverse Mental Deterioration

August 7, 2008

~ Zev Driller An old antihistamine drug may come back on the market one day – to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Dimebond, once sold in Russia to treat allergies, may have the happy side affect of reversing cognitive decline. Test subjects…

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Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer's: Study

November 24, 2020

Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer’s more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests. Source: NEW FEED

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Arctic Blast A Threat to People With Alzheimer's

January 30, 2019

“This type of weather can be hazardous for everyone, but even more so for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, who may have difficulty noticing temperature and weather changes or knowing who to call for help,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., CEO…

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As seen on

December 23, 2019

Essential Care: Advanced Technology Coming To Skilled Nursing Facilities As featured on “” Monitoring vital signs in patients is a crucial part of essential care in hospitals and care facilities across North America. According to the National Center for Biotechnology…

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As Sense of Smell Fades, Does Death Come Closer?

April 30, 2019

The loss of an ability to smell has been linked to your risk of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and some dementias, but researchers suspected that sense of smell might be related to more health issues. Source:…

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Asian-American Elders Disadvantaged by Cultural & Lingual Barriers

January 22, 2014

While the growing Hispanic community struggles to deal with their aging parents and their cultural expectations of care, the Asian-American community is struggling with this issue as well in a slightly nuanced way. “Filial Piety” – respect for one’s elders,…

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Ask Not What Your Surgeon Says, Ask What He Drives

May 27, 2008

by Ruth Folger Weiss Few appreciate the impact of marketing on their lives, relegating it to lightweights and thinking of it as “Madison Avenue for the gullible.” But when marketing, science, and your health are in the crosshairs, it is…

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Avoiding Elder Abuse in Healthcare Facilities

July 2, 2012

Last week, New York’s own Senator Charles Schumer made news by drawing attention to the prevalence of elder abuse that goes unreported.  Spurred by the story of an elderly bus monitor in Rochester who was bullied by a group of…

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Beautiful… But Tired?

November 17, 2010

Don’t feel bad about not getting your beauty sleep… The latest findings indicate that too much sleep in women leads to an increased possibility of STROKE! — so that self-indulgent rested beauty may be sleeping towards disaster: 10 hours of…

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Betting Against the Brand

May 13, 2010

As one who passionately builds brands for a living, it saddens me when I am forced to bear witness to the downward spiral of a once-strong brand.  The recent troubles faced by Tylenol and other huge brands from McNeil Consumer…

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BIG Rewards: The Promise of Small Changes in Nutrition

January 28, 2015

Be mindful of seemingly inconsequential eating habits: their impact is bigger than you can imagine – especially when it comes to the Senior population. When we consider the health of older adults, we tend to think about the most common…

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Big Spike in Knee Surgeries Calls for Compression Therapy Devices to Lessen Risk of Blood Clots

January 19, 2012

New statistics show a big increase in knee replacement surgery since the late 1990s. From 1997 to 2009, knee surgery increased for women ages 45 to 64 by 157 percent and men in the same range by 144 percent. The…

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Blizzard 2010, the iPad and Great House

December 27, 2010

This ambidextrous iPhone and iPad swashbuckler has been touting all things digital… but straddled the fences when it came to leisure reading. Proprietary about my leisure space, I had pretty much relegated my iPad as work tool  and not embraced…

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Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

June 17, 2019

Researchers don’t know whether the finding related to the drug nilvadipine can translate into any benefits for patients. But future studies should look into that possibility, they said. Source: NEW FEED

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Blood Test Heralds New Era in Alzheimer's Diagnosis

July 29, 2020

A study led by Swedish researchers found the test did more than differentiate between Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Source: NEW FEED

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Blood Test May Spot Signs of Early Alzheimer's

August 2, 2019

The blood test may be even more sensitive than the current gold standard — a PET brain scan — at detecting early amyloid accumulation in the brain, according to the authors. Source: NEW FEED

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Blood Test Might Show Early Warning of Alzheimer's

January 22, 2019

Researchers found that people with the most severe memory declines had the greatest leakage in their brain’s blood vessels, regardless of whether the Alzheimer’s-related proteins amyloid and tau were present. Source: NEW FEED

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Blood-clotting protein contributes to Alzheimer's

February 7, 2019

Though experts typically name beta-amyloid plaques as the main culprits in Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds another factor: a leaked blood protein. Source: NEW FEED

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