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Advance Care Planning & Its Impact on Surviving Family Members (and Hospitals)

The keynote address at the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association’s 2015 annual conference featured Bernard Hammes, PhD, the director of Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dr. Hammes discussed the...

Computerized Brain Training: What Works & What Doesn’t

Hot on the heels of the Stanford Center on Longevity and Max Planck Center for Human Development’s recommendations concerning computer-based cognitive training, a group of researchers at the University of Sydney Brain & Mind Research...

Sensors & Sensibility: How In-Home Sensors Monitor Older Adults’ Everyday Abilities

It’s 2015 and sensors are everywhere! Fitbits, Apple Watches, and sleep monitors abound. For those of us who like to keep track of our every move, these devices are a godsend. But the future of sensors may include tracking the moves of older...

Factors in Care Satisfaction Scores—Is It Personal?

Maximizing the satisfaction of older adults is a primary concern of today’s care providers, and great efforts are taken to provide older adults with care that results in high reported levels of satisfaction. As a result, predictors of...

Plugging the Gap for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: How the Villages Initiative Picks Up Where Policy Falls Short

Increasingly, public policy attention is focusing on meeting the health needs of older adults aging in place. However, this population has a number of other needs that must be met by nongovernmental efforts. One such effort is the rapidly...

Surprising Differences for Caregivers on the Relationship between Depression & Disability

A number of studies have demonstrated that depression symptoms and disability increase the risk of each other, but new research comparing caregivers and noncaregivers digs deeper into this relationship and provides some surprising results....

New Prescription for Improved Physician-Patient Communication: Empathy

The relationship between patient and physician is one that becomes more important as adults get older and begin to approach later life. Aside from a physician’s medical know-how, research suggests that there is another component that is...

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