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      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

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      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.

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      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
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                                                                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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