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Antipsychotic – The Silent Killer?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

We have all heard about hypertension being the silent killer, but what about the use of “first-generation” or “typical” antipsychotic medications? A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that geriatric patients receiving these medications were significantly more likely to experience death or cardiopulmonary arrest compared to people who did not take these drugs! Unfortunately, …

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Nothing Replaces Mom and Chicken Soup

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Ask yourself, do you get comfort from familiar surroundings, close family and friends or home cooking? How about folding towels and sorting yarn? It sounds like a silly question, however, if you look at the activity programming we provide in many memory care units, we might be missing the mark. In a recent study published in the Journal of Aging …

Frontotemporal Dementia – Heredity

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Approximately 40% of people with Frontotemporal Dementia inherited it. 15% of all dementia diagnoses are Frontotemporal Dementia. These numbers are significant for many reasons; however, a recent study identified that active lifestyles may slow the symptoms of the disease by providing some form of cognitive resilience to the consequences of brain degeneration. Per Kaitlin Casaletto, Ph.D., from the University of …

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Oh, Nuts!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As a child during the Christmas holiday, our family had whole nuts in the shell in a large bowl on the counter. There was a nutcracker and small metal picks that we used to pry the nuts from the shells. This was a tradition in our home and to this day I miss it. Little did I know then that …

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Wounds, Infection, Sepsis – End in Sight?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article in Science Translational Medicine, January 2020, a study regarding the need for improved treatments for wound healing identified a product that may actually reduce inflammation and infection. This product is not yet on the market but should give us reason to pause. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if residents with wounds could be free …

Frailty and falls in the elderly

Alzheimer’s – Antipsychotics – Brain Injury

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As caregivers, we are all aware that residents with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are at higher risk for falls and head injuries. What we didn’t know until recently is that current trends in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease with antipsychotic medications may actually be increasing these risks. The results of a recent study published in the Journal of …

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Stop Eating and Drinking by Advance Directives

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently published information regarding SED by AD. The article is interesting and highlights what many of us already know from experience, a growing number of people in the United States suffer with “dementia worry”.  A U.S. survey found that the percentage of respondents concerned about developing dementia increased from 20% in 2006 …

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Diabetes – The New Horizon

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A recent article published in the Endocrine News identifies a new set of “quality measures” that outline key risk factors that raise an individual’s chances of developing hypoglycemia. Key risk factors include: Experiencing a hypoglycemic event where blood glucose levels dropped below 54 mg/dl and required immediate attention within the past year Experiencing altered mental or physical status requiring assistance …

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Gait & Hearing Loss – More Loss Than We Thought

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent publication of the Annals of Long Term Care, a research study regarding the impact of gait disturbances and hearing loss on predicting 6-month mortality in geriatric patients post-cardiac event was discussed. The study identified that while the traditional mortality risk factors remained important, the functional impairment measures resulted in significantly improved mortality risk prediction. This study can …

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Frailty – Fact or Fiction

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Many scholarly articles have been written regarding the incidence of frailty in the geriatric population and the negative outcomes related to frailty. In the post-acute care sector, we have just recently embraced the frailty idea and are working with different organizations, software companies, and assessment tools to assist in determining the level of frailty in our residents. A recent study …