Study Investigates Causes of Seniors’ Falls Researchers studied video of long term care communities to shine a light on the most common reasons seniors fall. The study found that incorrect shifting of body weight caused the most falls among older adults.
Hospital readmission rates for chronic conditions are substantially higher than rehospitalizations for acute conditions, regardless of payer or age group, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced. For example, conditions such as congestive heart failure or diabetes had higher incidences of patients bouncing back to the hospital than for an acute cases like pneumonia or heart attack. Read more
Stroke patients undergoing inpatient rehab are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within three months when they are functioning poorly, exhibit symptoms of depression and lack social support, according to a study conducted at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Read more
Recommendations put forth by the Journal of American Family Physician, 2010.
Minimum activity for achieving important health benefits includes:
- Two hours and 30 minutes (150) minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., brisk walking) per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days of the week; or
- One hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., jogging, running) per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days of the week; or
- A combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity equivalent to the recommendations above, plus muscle strengthening activities on at least two days of the week.
For additional guidelines visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html.
With more states enacting legislation that permits direct access to physical therapy, the role of the therapist as a primary point of patient contact increases. As such, physical therapists need to have a better understanding of pharmacology and the mechanism of action and side effects of different medications. Read more
When it comes to renovation, it’s important to carefully plan for both the look and feel and the building’s performance, while sticking within an approved budget. By having a laser-like focus on areas that are sure to make a difference, you can make some drastic improvements without breaking the bank. For more, click here:
February 16, 2012
Structured group activities designed to stimulate cognition has shown to be effective in stimulating cognition in people with mild or moderate stage dementia, according to a study recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. Read more
Check out this free webinar on person centered approaches to dining for residents with dementia:
Webinar: Dining with Friends: An innovative approach to dining for people with dementia
The “Dining with Friends” program, developed by the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut, used person-centered care to offer the opportunity for conversation, socialization, fun, hydration and nutrition.
|Webinar: Dining with Friends™”Dining with Friends” is an approach that focuses on dignified dining for residents with dementia. The “Dining with Friends” program, developed by the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut, used person-centered care to offer the opportunity for conversation, socialization, fun, hydration and nutrition. This Webinar will describe specific dining needs and the challenges of meeting those needs, for the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Details about food choices, place settings, dignity, appealing food choices and the overall dining environment will be shared.|
The following article was recently published in Rehab Today summarizing research published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation supporting early therapy involvement for spatial neglect deficits. Read more