Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

There are few conditions that make aging in place more difficult than dementia. As dementia progresses, living at home becomes increasingly dangerous. Without support from family, friends, and dementia care professionals, most seniors with dementia end up moving into nursing care facilities. But as reporting over the past several years has revealed, many nursing homes are also dangerous for seniors coping with dementia.. Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities A recent investigation by Human Rights Watch — which uncovered rampant misuse of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes— is just the latest cause for concern among dementia care professionals. According to

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Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care

Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care

When people think and talk about senior care, they usually focus on physical support services. Care is typically framed as assistance for seniors with frailty, disability, or mobility concerns. But physical assistance is only half of the equation to quality senior care. Caring for seniors’ mental and emotional health is often just as, or even more, important than physical care and support. Elderly Mental Health: The Forgotten Half of Senior Care That has been underscored by a recent study out of Munich, Germany. Researchers found that a person’s psychological health had a far bigger impact on how they rated their own

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Winter Skin Tips

Winter Skin Tips

The cold and dry season is here and it can leave your skin itchy, red, and irritated. Combat dry winter skin with these tips for retaining your skin's natural moisture. And if you have diabetes, it's especially important to keep the skin soft and supple. Keep the dry areas moist Moisturizer helps fill in gaps and cracks in the skin. The cream helps restore elasticity, and protect the skin from infections. Use a moisturizer wherever your skin is dry; don't use moisturizer in damp areas, such as between your toes and inner thighs, or under your arms. Moisturizing ingredients include

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Tips for preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis During Travel

If you plan on taking a long trip, you should be aware of a vein disorder that is especially prevalent for travelers over 50. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs when a blot clot forms in a deep leg vein. DVT has fatal potential because a clot could travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. The condition usually occurs in the calf and travelers are at increased risk of DVT during long plane or car rides. The main cause of DVT is sluggish blood flow due to long periods of inactivity. Many travelers will spend

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Why Mental Health is Important

Why Mental Health is Important

The aging population rapidly increases and between 2015 and 2050, the number of older adults will double from about 12% to 22%. This is an expected increase from 900 million to 2 billion people over the age of 60. Older people face special physical and mental health challenges which need attention. The World Health Organization says over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, excluding headache disorders, and 6.6% of all disability attributes to mental and neurological disorders. The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression,

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Overlooked Link Between Stroke and Osteoporosis

Physiotherapist giving back massage to senior patient

Did you know stroke is a risk factor for falls, fractures, and even osteoporosis? It’s true! Research shows you’re 4x more likely to suffer a fracture in the year after a stroke than your average person. And another study found patients lost up to 14% hip bone density in the year after stroke! Now, if you think about it, this makes sense. After a stroke, you may have difficulty moving around. You may favor one leg. Struggle with your balance. You probably won’t get right back on your regular exercise schedule…  And the less you move, the more your bone

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3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know

3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know

Arthritis includes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints. If you are living with arthritis, here are a few things you should consider. 3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know Arthritis can affect people of all ages.   Many people think of arthritis as an affliction that only affects adults as they reach old age or athletes who have suffered an injury (known as osteoarthritis). Although the incidence of arthritis does increase with age, younger people can also be affected by the disease. Autoimmune forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, often

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Link Between Fractures and Fatalities

Physical Therapy, Stretching, Senior Woman

You’ve probably heard how a hip fracture can change your life in the blink of an eye. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 people pass away within a year of fracturing a hip The International Osteoporosis Foundation reports more bleak numbers: 40% of hip fracture patients can no longer walk without help; a full 60% require assistance within a year, and 1 in 3 lose their independence and end up in an assisted living facility by year’s end. Yet the largest study of its kind shows any fracture after age 45 can mean the worst...   Scary Link Between Fractures and

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3 Steps to Relieve Knee Pain

Elderly woman suffering knee pain

The knees are complex and delicate joints that can become worn down if not properly taken care of. They play a major role in our daily lives from helping us walk, run, and sit down. With each step we take, we put some strain on the knee and with time, it catches up. This is why knee pain is one of the most common problems seniors face. There are numerous factors that can lead to knee pain in seniors, with aging and the added years of impact on the knees causing inflammation in the joints being top on the list.

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