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Alzheimer’s + hospitalization + delirium: not a good mix

Study could lead to better care and outcomes for hospitalized seniors

July 17, 2012

Among hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients, a substantial proportion of risk for adverse outcomes could be attributed to delirium, including 6.2 percent of deaths, 15.2 percent of institutionalization, and 20.6 percent of cognitive decline. This information, yielded from a study recently conducted by the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), confirms that for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the combination of a hospital stay and delirium can pose increased risks.

Helpful summertime safety tips for active adults

Celebrate summer the smart way

July 17, 2012

Summer is a great season for enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer with family and friends. But with time spent outdoors, comes the risk of some health hazards. Older bodies especially are less efficient at staying cool than younger ones, so seniors need to take a few extra summertime precautions.

My colleagues and I put together some tips to follow this season to ensure your summer is cool in all senses of the word.

New frontiers in geriatric research

Revolutionary Researchers

July 17, 2012

Twenty years ago, if a 70-year-old man visited the emergency room after falling, he would be said to have fallen accidentally. He might have been treated for a broken bone and sent home. We’re now realizing that the things we used to blame on aging, like falling, actually have an underlying reason and a cause – an understanding that motivates everything we do at the Institute for Aging Research.

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