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Study Says End-of-Life Conversations Make a Difference

According to the findings of Conversation Project’s 2018 national survey, while 92 percent of Americans say it’s important to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care, only 32 percent have these conversations. Ninety five percent of the respondents say they would be willing to talk about their wishes, and 53 percent even say they’d be relieved…

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Award-Winning Film Alive Inside Comes to New Jersey

Mark your calendar. On May 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at RowanSOM Stratford Campus, the Glassboro-based, New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging presents a free screening of the Award-Winning film Alive Inside, followed by a Q&A on successful aging with an expert panel.  Lunch will be served. In Alive Inside, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett…

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AHA Opposes Legislation to Support Leading Rehab Centers

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La..), a gastroenterologist, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently introduced, S. 2204, entitled “Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act, bipartisan legislation,” to support rehabilitation facilities that lead the nation in medical research. The Senate proposal, referred to the Senate Finance Committee, recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play…

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Too Much Sitting Without Physical Activity May Be Harmful 

Sitting may be hazardous to your cardiac health. For less active adults, the amount of time you spend sitting may be associated with an increased risk of death. But increasing your physical activity to recommended levels may eliminate this risk in some, according to a recent study published in the annual cardiovascular health promotion issue…

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Physical activity and motor ability associated with better cognition in seniors, even with dementia

A National Institute of Aging (NIA)-funded study, at Chicago, Illinois-based Rush University, has reported promising evidence indicating that being more physically active is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a slower rate of cognitive decline in older adults. But researchers say that it remains unclear exactly how physical activity lowers this risk…

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Despite Benefits, Stroke Patients Receive Vastly Different Amounts of Physical Therapy

Medicare beneficiaries, recovering from strokes, receive vastly different amounts of physical and occupational therapy during their hospital stays despite evidence that such rehabilitation is strongly associated with positive health outcomes, finds a newly released study by at Providence, Rhode Island-based Brown University.  The data also suggests that patients who receive more physical therapy (PT) are less…

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CMS Enhances Nursing Home Compare Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has modified its Nursing Home Compare website and facility Star Ratings.  The internet tool was created to help consumers, their families and caregivers to easily compare nursing homes and to identify areas they may want to ask about when looking for nursing home care.  CMS says that the…

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Meadowbrook Care Center Celebrates Staff, Residents in May

Take a moment to think about these questions. What are you doing for yourself and others each and every day? What makes you happy? How are you contributing to your happiness and the happiness of others? Next month, the Washington, DC -based American Health Care Association’s Skilled Nursing Home Week, gives you an opportunity to…

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Upcoming Conference Looks at Scientific Innovations to Enhance Care

Here’s a date to put in your Microsoft office calendar.  Join more than 2,500 of the world’s leading geriatrics experts in Portland, Oregon, this May 2-4, who will attend the upcoming American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. Organizers say that experts will put the spotlight on social & scientific innovations that will enhance…

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