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Patient outcomes could improve by preparing nursing homes for health information exchange
When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. (Medical News Today)

Independence at home program national demonstration saves more than $25 million
Penn Medicine's house calls program improved care and cost savingsHouse calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care... (Medical News Today)

Study reveals surprising truths about caregivers
Caregiving is a part of daily life for millions of Americans, particularly the so-called sandwich generation balancing the needs of aging parents with looking after their own children. (Medical News Today)

Study finds novel population health management program yields major health improvement
The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults, achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and... (Medical News Today)

Physicians should help families with decisions about end-of-life care
About 20 percent of Americans spend time in an intensive care unit around the time of their death, and most deaths follow a decision to limit life-sustaining therapies. (Medical News Today)

Clear, strong stimulation may help prevent apathy for persons with dementia
Nursing home residents with dementia are less likely to be apathetic if they live in an appropriately stimulating environment, according to nursing researchers. (Medical News Today)

New report reveals feelings of guilt, fear and worry overshadow the lives of older carers
Guilt about not being a good enough carer, and worry and fear about what will happen to their loved one when they die are among the top concerns of older carers. (Medical News Today)

New web tool allows public to compare quality of long-term care homes
The public can now make a more informed choice about long-term care thanks to a new online tool launched June 10, 2015 that compares facilities across Canada based on nine indicators such as safety... (Medical News Today)

Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in health care workers
Study highlights the importance to evaluate and treat insomnia in health care workersA new study suggests that insomnia decreases empathy in health care workers and may lead to adverse clinical... (Medical News Today)

Global health studies in June Health Affairs
Researchers recommend 'redoubling' efforts, especially for home health and personal care aidesAt least two and a half million more workers will be needed to provide long-term care to older people... (Medical News Today)

Study finds high Medicare Advantage copays for hospital, nursing care
Millions of seniors with Medicare Advantage plans, including more than a million with low incomes, were on the hook to have large out-of-pocket costs for a 27-day course of hospital and skilled... (Medical News Today)

High rates of MRSA transmission found between nursing home residents, healthcare workers
Study finds transmission rates high in daily activities previously considered low-riskHealthcare workers frequently contaminate their gloves and gowns during every day care of nursing homes... (Medical News Today)

Clinical trial reduces stress of cancer caregivers
Stem cell transplant is essential in the care of many blood cancers, but leaves patients requiring in-home care for months after. (Medical News Today)

Aging baby boomers, childless and unmarried, at risk of becoming 'elder orphans'
With an aging Baby Boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become "elder orphans," a... (Medical News Today)

Drug resistant bacteria common for nursing home residents with dementia
A new study found one in five nursing home residents with advanced dementia harbor strains of drug-resistant bacteria and more than 10 percent of the drug-resistant bacteria are resistant to four or... (Medical News Today)

Kids losing autism diagnosis may still need educational support
Researchers assessing children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder whose social and cognitive symptoms resolved found that many still required additional educational support. (Medical News Today)

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives, outcomes for caregivers
A new randomized clinical trial with Dartmouth investigators Kathleen Lyons, ScD, Tor Tosteson, ScD, Zhigang Li, PhD, and collaborators has noted significant improvement in several measures among... (Medical News Today)

Does home care serve men and women equally in Ontario?
As the population ages, there is increasing demand for publicly funded home care services to help older people preserve their independence, improve their quality of life, and delay or avoid going... (Medical News Today)

Many nursing home residents die, don't walk after lower extremity revascularization
Many nursing home residents who underwent lower extremity revascularization died, did not walk or had functional decline following the procedure, which is commonly used to treat leg pain caused by... (Medical News Today)

Dying patients' choices not always aligned to caregivers'
An illuminating study compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life improvements. (Medical News Today)

AMA recommends responsible and informed use of restraint in aged care, Australia
The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Restraint in the Care of People in Residential Aged Care Facilities. (Medical News Today)

Less futile end-of-life care observed where palliative care knowledge is greater
When a nursing home patient is dying, aggressive interventions such as inserting a feeding tube or sending the patient to the emergency room can futilely exacerbate, rather than relieve, their... (Medical News Today)

Air quality in nursing homes affecting lung health of residents
The indoor air quality in nursing homes has a serious effect on the lung health of elderly residents, according to the findings of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's Research UK report reveals dementia hits women hardest
The impact of dementia is being felt disproportionately by women, according to a new report published by Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK's leading dementia research charity. (Medical News Today)

Divorce is a more likely end to marriage when wife is seriously ill
A 20-year study of older married couples finds that risk of widowhood went up when a spouse fell ill, but the risk of divorce only went up when a wife became ill. (Medical News Today)

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