Brush it Off – NOT!

Angie Szumlinski News

Okay all you moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, please stop telling your little ones to “brush it off” or “don’t cry” when they get hurt. Be honest, we have all done it and worse, sometimes we even say, “quit being a baby!” I know, we are terrible people, but recent research has actually shown that crying, screaming cursing (yes …

The State of Nursing

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Nurse.org posted an anonymous survey in 2021 that was awarded the Gold Award for the Digital Health Awards, Best Media/Publications Article, Spring 2022! Congratulations to them and to all the nurses who took the time to share their experiences and feelings regarding the state of nursing. Nearly 1500 nurses participated in the survey, and they were asked about real issues …

Hops!

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For those of you who enjoy an adult beverage that contains hops, listen up! A recent study conducted at the University of Milano-Bicocca tested four common varieties of hop flower extracts found in beer to see how well they could help prevent brain protein clumping. Surprise, the testing found that hops were able to block amyloid beta proteins from clumping …

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias?

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Imagine, in a perfect world, you could make lifestyle changes to prevent the most common causes of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. Sound interesting? Sure, it does – who wouldn’t want to prevent such a debilitating disease?! I know what you are thinking, tell me more, right? Okay, in 2021, the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s disease (National Plan) introduced a new goal …

First Poo Transplant

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A colleague forwarded an article to me thinking it was funny, however, those who know me, know that I read everything! Lo and behold, it is actually true, the first poo transplant has been officially approved in Australia, the first of its kind in the world! Sounds a little disgusting, doesn’t it? Well, if you understand the human GI tract …

Holidays, Viruses, and Capacity

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Let’s face it, they just don’t mix! There are some dire projections out there including what some are calling the risk of a “tripledemic!” Just what we need, right? Cases of RSV are rising quickly in young children, filling ICU beds, in fact, most hospitalizations today are related to RSV and not COVID. Why? Because we have weakened our immunity, …

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Resident Rights – Diet Waivers

Angie Szumlinski, Kasie Cousino, Mary McMurry, Andrea DeLand News

As our residents “age in place” we are often faced with the challenge of balancing resident rights with resident safety. The family wants mom to have that Big Mac for lunch, mom is on a therapeutic diet with chopped meat or pureed food, what do you do? Trust me, we get it, there is no easy way to say no, …

Don’t Normalize Depression

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A great article in MedPage Today talks about senior depression and how the world perceives it as a “normal part of aging.” It isn’t. Depression is real, whether you are 20, 30, or 90, if you suffer with depression, appropriate care and management is critical to quality of life. Sure, everyone has a “blue day” and some days are worse …

Food on the Brain

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Funny title, interesting study, maybe this is why humans have such a focus on food and pleasure. In a recent study initially conducted to identify the best body position for swallowing pills (I know, who studies that?) an incidental finding was that a part of the brain, “lit up” in response to pictures of food. It didn’t matter if the …

Change in Condition

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A recent lawsuit has been filed against 3 nurses, a nursing home, and a management company related to a resident’s death. The resident was admitted on September 29, 2020, and died of a urinary tract infection on October 31, 2020. She was admitted with an elevated white blood count, became lethargic during physical therapy, on October 15 presented with multiple symptoms …