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NEWS Alzheimer’s is Care improving in key rising globally PuBliCATiON Of The YeAr By Brett Bakshis Growing numbers of dementia areas, report asserts McKnight’s Long-Term Care News BesT ONliNe News seCTiON www.mcknights.com sufferers worldwide will result in 2008, 2009 a 10% increase in the population of dementia sufferers in the 2005 to 2010 time frame, according to At Deadline a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International. » A House version of health The acceleration of cases will reform legislation that offers lead to an Alzheimer’s prevalence more limited insurance subsi- that will double every 20 years, dies would cost $905 billion, resulting in an estimated 115 mil- according to the Congressio- lion dementia patients by mid- nal Budget Office. The amount century, researchers said. nearly meets President One expert called it “an emer- Obama’s stated $900 billion gency” that requires action be- limit for the overhaul. Photo: iStockphoto cause of the medical, economic and social implications from such » Kidney dialysis treat- big numbers. n ments near the end of life Improvements are being seen in areas such as resident activities, restraint- might do more harm than use reduction, pressure ulcers, pain management and weight maintenance, good, and aggressive care provider research shows. for individuals with advanced By John O’Connor home experience as either “excel- dementia may be well- Nursing home quality improve- lent” or “good”—climbed to 85% intentioned but misdirected ment efforts have largely succeed- in 2008, up from 82% in 2007, efforts, results from a pair of Photo: iStockphoto ed in recent years, according to a they add. new studies suggest. report that was jointly released by The report also documents the American Health Care Asso- that many nursing homes have » A federal long-term care Researchers may have found a way ciation and the Alliance for Qual- begun specializing in short-term insurance program came to restore muscle in older adults. ity Nursing Home Care. rehabilitation care. Up to 40% under fire at a recent Sen- Gains are being seen in areas of nursing home rehabilitation ate hearing. The gathering New hope for such as resid
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