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April 2017

Hospice, Palliative Care Aim To Ease Suffering

By | April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Americans often confuse hospice care, which precludes aggressive medical treatment and usually requires a prognosis of six months or less, and palliative care. The nub of the difference is that a palliative care team can be providing pain relief, psychological and spiritual support – even as another medical specialist is aggressively trying to cure or [...]

Study Suggests Doctors Overlook Effects Of Implanted Heart Defibrillators In Dying Patients

By | April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Associated Press reports that heart defibrillators implanted in a patient's chest may disrupt a quiet death, but doctors and relatives of people dying of non-heart related diseases often don't consider that issue. "It's not unusual for health professionals to avoid the topic, says Dr. Nathan Goldstein of New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. His research, published in [...]

March 2017

New Technology Drives Therapies For Older Patients, Those With Alzheimer’s

By | March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Technology advances are making life better for the elderly and those with Alzheimer's disease by allowing the elderly to stay in their homes and giving the ill a way to interact with society again. The Washington Post reports on "high-tech but simple devices" that are giving older people a better chance at independence later in life as pilot projects [...]

Seniors Struggle With Drug Costs While Congress Debates Medicare ‘Doughnut Hole”

By | March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Minnesota Public Radio reports: "Since 2006, senior citizens have been able to choose plans for Medicare prescription drug coverage, but that coverage contains a gap known as the 'doughnut hole,' a gap that health care reform plans being debated in Congress would address." Under the House health care bill, Medicare would eliminate the gap within a [...]

Nursing Home Industry: New Funding Reductions Will Force Closures

By | March 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Industry leaders say the nursing home industry could be at a tipping point. "The nation's nursing homes are perilously close to laying off workers, cutting services, possibly even closing because of a perfect storm from the recession and deep federal and state government spending cuts, industry experts say." The Associated Press reports. "A Medicare rate adjustment that cuts [...]

Caring For Alzheimer’s Patients Proves Costly

By | March 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Newsday reports that the high cost of caring for Alzheimer's patients "can easily deplete even the deepest bank account. Because the disease lasts so long - anywhere from two to 20 years, depending on the stage at diagnosis - and because the type of care needed often falls beyond the scope of government health care programs, families [...]

Studies Find Frail Seniors Often Get Poor, Futile Care

By | March 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine find that some medical care, especially at the end of life, may be a poor choice for feeble seniors. They also show the importance of palliative care over aggressive treatment for certain patients. The Associated Press reports: "A surprising number of frail, elderly Americans in nursing homes [...]

The Death of Nursing Homes

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Elderly people often tell their adult kids to shoot them rather than send them off to a nursing home. We may not be discarding our parents, but we are killing the nursing homes, at least as we know them. Many may cheer at this news. But the need for the intensive level of care provided by [...]

Palliative Care Experts Focus On Comfort Before Death

By | March 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Palliative care specialists study how to manage a patient's last months to give comfort. One expert says end-of-life consultations are just what Americans need to deal with death. The New York Times reports on "palliative care specialists, who have made death their life's work. They study how to deliver bad news, and they do it again and [...]

Medical Students Experience Life Inside Nursing Home

By | March 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A novel program in New York gives medical students the chance to experience life as nursing home patients and learn about geriatrics, a field in desperate need of more professionals. The New York Times reports on: "Students are given a 'diagnosis' of an ailment and expected to live as someone with the condition does. They keep a [...]