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Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations Compared to Traditional Fee-for-Service Insurance in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

BOSTON – Nursing home residents with advanced dementia commonly experience burdensome, costly interventions that do not improve their quality of life or extend their survival. Now a new study suggests that providing intensive primary care services may result in less burdensome and less costly care for these terminally ill residents.

Study Findings Question Frequency of Bone Mineral Density Testing For Predicting Fracture Risk

A second bone mineral density (BMD) screening four years after a baseline measurement provided little additional value when assessing risk for hip or other major osteoporotic fracture among older men and women untreated for osteoporosis, and resulted in little change in risk classification used in clinical management, findings that question the common clinical practice of repeating a BMD test every 2 years, according to a study in the September 25 issue of JAMA.

Hebrew SeniorLife Researchers Find Link between Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Drugs and Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents

Study Suggests Caution Should be Exercised when Prescribing Sleep Medications

BOSTON —The risk for hip fracture is elevated among nursing home residents using sleep medications, according to a study by researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Researchers state this is likely due to an increased risk of falling associated with drug use.

New Study Sheds Light on Link Between Dairy Intake and Bone Health

Researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research find not all dairy products are equal in maintaining strong bones

Hebrew SeniorLife links delirium and long-term cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Postoperative Delirium in Cardiac Surgery Patients Associated with Prolonged Cognitive Impairment

Older patients undergoing cardiac surgery often experience changes in cognitive function, such as memory problems or an inability to focus, in the days immediately following their operations. While these changes are usually temporary, for unknown reasons, a significant number of cardiac patients will encounter long-term cognitive problems, lasting as long as a year after their surgeries.

Nursing Home Residents at Heightened Risk of Falling in the Days Following Antidepressant Prescription or Dosage Change, says Institute for Aging Research Study

Nursing home residents taking certain antidepressant medications are at an increased risk of falling in the days following the start of a new prescription or a dose increase of their current drug, according to a new study by the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Aggressive Care Raises Medicare Costs in End-Stage Dementia, says Institute for Aging Research Study

A large proportion of Medicare expenditures for nursing home residents with advanced dementia is spent on aggressive treatments that may be avoidable and of limited clinical benefit, according to a new study by the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, published in the online version of the Archives of Internal Medicine on January 10, 2011.

Antibiotics Improve Survival but Not Comfort for Terminal Dementia Patients with Pneumonia

A new study by scientists at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife says the use of antibiotics to treat pneumonia in patients with terminal dementia presents a “doubled-edged” sword for health-care providers and family members, finding that antibiotics may prolong survival for these patients, but do not improve their comfort.

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