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AHCA/NCAL opening session: Team leadership, quality improvement needed in changing times

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The opening general session of the AHCA/NCAL Annual Conference and Expo focused on the importance of cross-discipline teamwork, with special highlights on the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Recruiting young talent and the tech factor

Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

How can organizations attract, engage and retain the next generation of caregivers? Hint: Technology is your friend, not your enemy in helping caregivers get the job done, says a long-term care COO.

Mastering the new SNF regs to maximize reimbursement

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new skilled nursing facility regulations under the IMPACT Act are coming. Has your facility adopted the best processes and attitudes to maximize reimbursement? Policy experts explain why sticking to the old status quo on processes won't be good enough.

Underweight people face higher dementia risk

October 13, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Researchers have found that people who are underweight or even on the low side of normal weight in their middle ages run a higher risk of dementia as they age.

Snoring, sleep apnea linked to symptoms of diabetes

October 13, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Sleeping disorders become more common as people age with many older adults exhibiting the symptoms of diabetes, study finds.

Elsevier, NADONA/LTC team up to offer online training class

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New online class will train staff and long-term care facilities comply with accreditation and regulatory standards.

High-dose flu shot reduces hospitalization for nursing home residents

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Hospital admission was down 1.2 percent for those who received high-dose flu vaccine compared to those who received standard dose, according to findings from the largest nursing home study of its kind.

Researchers find gene that may prevent Parkinson's, dementia

October 12, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have discovered that non-inheritable Parkinson's disease may be caused by changes in the immune regulating gene Interferon-beta.

Research identifies three distinct subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New findings could lead to more highly targeted research and potential new treatments for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Chocolate may be good for brain health

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Research suggests the sweet treat helps prevent against accumulation of toxic protein in the brain that can impair cognition.

The case for carotenoids

October 9, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Every child is told to eat their carrots and green, leafy vegetables because they are good for your eyes. Guess what? New study agrees.

CMS launches ACO kidney dialysis model

October 9, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The new accountable care organization model creates a shared-cost program for end-stage renal disease.

Report: New regs are a bitter pill for LTC pharmacies

October 9, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-term care pharmacies provide crucial senior-specific medication management services to skilled nursing facilities. But will the current regulatory environment drive independent LTC pharmacies out of business?


When strange things happen

October 12, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Trying to make a resident room seem homelike is a challenge, especially if there are no places to display favorite items and treasures.

Achy afternoons

October 5, 2015     Kathleen Mears

As we age, our bodies send signals that it wants to rest and regroup. For some residents, however, comfort involves more than putting one’s feet up or taking a nap.

A genetic cause

September 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In addition to her paralysis, resident blogger Kathleen Mears has other medical issues to deal with. She shares her story about battling breast cancer.

Resident smoking policies

September 25, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Where there's smoke.... If you allow your residents to light up, don’t get burned by your safety policies. Long-Term Living's legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains CMS rules on resident smoking and shares strategies for safe smoking policies.