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Preventive Strategies Protect Against Delirium

Delirium – the sudden onset of confusion frequently seen in older patients – can increase a person’s risk of falls, lead to prolonged hospital stays and may contribute to over $164 billion in healthcare costs.

The HAC No One Wants to Talk About

Program to prevent delirium in ICU patients will soon be implemented in 60 hospitals.

What serious hospital-acquired condition affects 25% of patients over age 70 and up to 82% of patients in the ICU?

Subsensory Vibratory Stimulation Improves Balance

Subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of older adults' feet can improve key indicators of balance, potentially reducing fall risk.

Falls create a substantial concern among elderly patients, with, in each year, one in three older adults experiencing a fall.  New research, however, indicates that subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot can improve key indicators of balance, which holds promise for reducing falls among older adults. 

Vibrating Insoles May Prevent Falls

BOSTON - Falling can be scary. It can happen on a slippery surface, on ice, or when you’re simply not paying attention. But often times, it happens to older adults, in any location, on any surface.


Top 10 Foods for Long, Healthy Living

BOSTON - It’s important to strive for a healthy diet throughout life, but as our bodies change after middle age, it becomes especially important to consume an overall healthy diet to ensure intake of vital nutrients. Shivani Sahni, MS, PhD, of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Medicine, is examining the role of nutrition in the prevention

As an aging population rises, the more falls they have

BOSTON, NEW YORK - Eleanor Hammer, 92, executes a tightly choreographed, slow-motion pas de deux with her walker during meal times at The Sequoias, a retirement community in San Francisco.

Pain, Depression, Tied to Delirium Risk After Surgery for Seniors

Study found patients who had both before procedure were 21 percent more likely to become disoriented.

HealthDay News -- Pain and depression before an operation may increase seniors' risk for delirium after surgery, a new study suggests.


A Tiny Stumble, a Life Upended

After a fall, life is upended in an instant — a sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Rees, 79, had hardly been ill a day in her life. Her biggest problem was arthritis, mostly in her knees, but at home in San Francisco she walked every day and she traveled frequently.

Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation

As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.

SAN FRANCISCO — Eleanor Hammer, 92, executes a tightly choreographed, slow-motion pas de deux with her walker during meal times at The Sequoias, a retirement community here. She makes her way to the buffet, places her food on the walker’s built-in tray and returns to her table.

Pain and Depression Place Older Adults at Risk of Delirium Following Surgery

BOSTON — New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery.  According to the findings published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.