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July 21, 2014 11:45 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

The baby boom cohort, those who were born between 1946 and 1964, is the largest birth cohort that has ever been produced in the United States.  As soldiers returned home from the war, the birth rate increased and subsequently for a decade and a half, we witnessed a very large number of children being born. Furthermore, we also have witnessed an increasing life expectancy as many acute illnesses that formerly ...


 
June 23, 2014 2:10 PM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

Oxytocin, secreted by the posterior pituitary, is not a new hormone.  Nor is its importance for the biological health of the organism something new. Oxytocin has been known about for many years. It was known to be instrumental in helping uterine contraction during childbirth, for enhancing breast contraction during breast feeding, and even more recently, it has been found to be instrumental in helping to establish ...


 
June 10, 2014 1:53 PM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

Generally speaking, fasting is often viewed quite negatively. However, a new study done by the University of Southern California has found that fasting could help the body fight disease, showing that a two day fast may actually regenerate the immune system. The study sheds some hope for those with compromised immune systems such as those receiving chemotherapy and the elderly.

Studies were done on both mice ...


 
May 21, 2014 9:47 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

Recent research that has been conducted at Washington University Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania has found that the use of an commonly prescribed antidepressant medication may help prevent or reduce the likelihood of acquiring one of the most feared diseases-Alzheimer's disease.

Beta amyloid is a protein that has been instrumental in the development of plaques that has been found to exist ...


 
April 30, 2014 10:00 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

In a recent survey, when centenarians were asked how old they felt, they stated they felt approximately 17 years younger, on average 83 years of age. Also, when those who were 65 years of age were surveyed on how old they felt, they said they felt on average 10 years younger than their chronological age, or approximately 55 years of age. 

The results sound somewhat unwieldy. One may ask how ...


 
April 15, 2014 10:59 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

It has been known for some time that nursing home care is not the same in every nursing care facility.  In a recent study published by a nonprofit advocacy group, Families for Better Care, the group's review looked at nursing homes and care found in these facilities found in each state.  The Families for Better Care state that it is the first state-by-state review of nursing home care that has been ...


 
March 25, 2014 9:30 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Brian Garavagli] 

A national report on nursing homes, conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has found some very sobering, if not frightening, results. The study found that as many as one-third of all nursing home residents were harmed by their treatment!

The ...


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March 17, 2014 1:55 PM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

In a recent study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a high percentage of Medicare residents who are discharged from nursing homes often are re-hospitalized within 30 days. Individuals receiving care within nursing homes in which the care is being paid for by Medicare are often there after they have been discharged from the hospital and are in continued need of receiving rehabilitative ...


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February 21, 2014 7:41 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

[Editor's note: this is only a portion of the complete article]  

A current book that is on the New York Times best seller list, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar-Your Brain's Silent Killers, written by Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, asserts that a diet high in carbohydrates can actually be instrumental in the development of dementia.  Perlmutter, who ...


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January 27, 2014 11:42 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

Recent research over the last few decades has paid increasing attention to aging at the molecular level. In particular, a genetic component called telomeres, has garnered much attention over the last few decades. Chromosomes are long strands of deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. DNA is our molecular blueprint of who we are, being the genetic blueprint for forming our genome. Telomeres are found at the end of ...


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December 23, 2013 3:31 PM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine has provided considerable debate about whether multivitamin use has any efficacy. The editorial titled, "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," avers, in a very definitive manner, that using multivitamins is useless, providing no help in aiding one's health. The editorial goes on to state, "we believe that the case is closed ...

 
December 19, 2013 8:46 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

Cognitive decline as one gets older is often something that is feared by many. There are many reasons for cognitive decline, and although many associate it with age, for the most part age in isolation is usually not the only reason for cognitive decline. Furthermore, cognitive decline is not inevitable as one gets older. However, some new research has found that some pathogenic agents that have often been associated ...

 
November 25, 2013 12:00 PM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

The Longevity Project was a longitudinal study started by Stanford University Psychologist Lewis Terman in 1921. Terman's study initially looked at issues of intellect. The 1,500 subjects were tracked over eight decades. From this initial study some important information was revealed about longevity, including what was instrumental in helping some age well, and what also failed to enhance longevity and healthy, functional ...

 
November 6, 2013 9:18 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

During the 2013 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, the renowned neurologist, Gary Small, MD, addressed whether a change in one's lifestyle can aid in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Although research continues to look for a cure, there currently is no form of treatment that can cure the more than 5 million individuals in the U.S. with the disease. At best, we have a few medications that may slow ...

 
October 23, 2013 3:09 PM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

Employment discrimination cases can be broken down into two separate categories. Hostile work environment claims are based on the environment in the workplace. An environment is hostile if the atmosphere created is one that a reasonable employee feels is hostile on the basis of a protected status. A protected status is age, sex, race, religion or pregnancy. A boss who ran around using four-letter words to describe women ...

 
October 23, 2013 9:53 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

The fear of cognitive debilitation as we age is one of the greatest apprehensions that individuals have about aging. It is also an area of misconception as well. Although dementia and other forms of major cognitive decline are not inevitable as we age as so many think, aging is correlated with greater levels of cognitive debilitation, especially through various forms of dementia. Furthermore, as a larger number of our ...

 
October 15, 2013 8:59 AM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

Carrie was aware the firm was having financial problems, and she knew that other people had been laid off, but was pretty sure of her own job security because she felt like she was "mission essential" to the operations of her employer.

When the intercom buzzed and her boss said "Carrie, please step into my office," she assumed there was a new problem that had arisen, or a job that needed to be done, and she brought ...


 
October 2, 2013 10:51 AM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

One of the most frequent questions I get from people when they learn I'm a lawyer is "what do I do if I know I'm going to get fired?"

Let me be clear: lawyers are problem solvers. We fix problems after they happen. We rarely are able to stop something that is already in play, for example, a plan by your boss to send you packing. While Hollywood and television have imbued lawyers with magical qualities on the order ...


 
September 12, 2013 4:31 PM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

One of the things I tell professionals when I speak on risk management is that it is never the medical error or mistake that gets professionals sued. It is always the collateral circumstances surrounding the error and how those circumstances are handled. While the law in most states used to be that an apology could never be provided because to do so would be an admission of negligence, the laws have changed in most states ...

 
September 4, 2013 12:15 PM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

From Colorado comes a story of a nurse assistant who was accused of raping an elderly resident. There is almost nothing that produces lawsuits quicker than a resident alleging rape in a credible manner. The incident in Colorado is made worse by the fact that, after the nursing ...

 
August 27, 2013 6:51 AM by Brian Garavaglia of Gerotalk

It has been known for some time that the pharmacokinetic features of many medications are quite different based on the age of the person. In particular, many medications that could be given to younger adults with no issues can often lead to adverse affects when given to older adults. Furthermore, the same dosage of a medication that is therapeutically effective for a younger adult may be excessive or build up to dangerous ...

 
August 27, 2013 6:42 AM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

As a plaintiff's attorney I believe that verdicts in all cases should be reasonable. Unreasonable verdicts tend to inflame the passions of people who do not like lawyers, and who do not want people to ever be able to redress their grievances through the court system. As a plaintiff's lawyer one of my biggest obstacles is not defense lawyers, it's other plaintiff's lawyers.

Recently a patently ridiculous ...


 
August 23, 2013 6:55 PM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

Skilled nursing facilities face a number of hurdles in caring for the elderly, not the least of which is the inability to spend a sufficient amount of time providing oral care for residents unable to brush their teeth or maintain their dentures. Numerous articles have been published criticizing the lack of funding for dental care in nursing ...

 
August 20, 2013 7:17 AM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

There was a great commercial many years ago by AAMCO, an automotive company, that featured a hapless mechanic saying "let me try boss, I always wanted to fix a transmission." The commercial's spokesperson looked like the kind of guy who couldn't fix a paperclip. The commercial was funny but it made a point. When something is broken, you take it to someone who knows how to fix it.

Several years ago I went ...


 
August 15, 2013 2:10 PM by Tony DeWitt of Legal Speak

One of the great things about capitalism is that every person has the right to make as much money as they can make, so long as they do not break any laws in the process. Motivational expert Zig Ziglar was fond of saying, "you can have everything in life you want, as long as you help enough other people get what they want." When skilled nursing facilities are operated properly and lawfully, they can and do generate good ...

 

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