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Call for applications: 2015 Delirium Boot Camp, Pilot Research Grants, and Best Delirium Paper Awards

The Center of Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training, and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE) is pleased to announce the third annual Delirium Boot Camp.  This highly-rated, two-day, intensive course in delirium research is scheduled for November 12-13, 2015 at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Boot Camp attendees will learn about important topics in delirium research from assessment and methodology to novel technologies and interventions, as well as network with colleagues and experts in delirium

The Watchman Saga — Closure at Last?

NEJM - Atrial fibrillation is a critical public health issue, and its clinical burden and related costs will only grow as the aging of the U.S. population increases its prevalence and the risk of resulting stroke and systemic embolism. Several investigators have tried to prevent complications of atrial fibrillation using medical devices designed to prevent embolization of clots formed in the left atrial appendage. Although such devices have been available for nearly a decade in Europe, they are not yet approved in the United States.

Delirious: Study Finds Simple, Humane Fixes for Aged, Disoriented Patients

BOSTON - The patient was an older man, living at a nursing facility. He’d originally been admitted to the hospital for surgery to treat a urinary tract infection. But now, lying in his bed at the hospital after the operation, he was convinced that two people were standing outside his room and planning to blow it up.

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.