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An Important Management Principle Can Help Prevent Unnecessary Problems
March 16, 2015 2:06 PM by Brian Garavaglia
I was watching a major professional golf tournament a few years back. Many of the golfers were having a very difficult day. In fact, many would hit their shots and get into trouble. What followed for many of them was an attempt to make too much out of Read More...
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What Needs to be Done to Improve Nursing Home Care
January 28, 2015 9:30 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Over two decades ago the report from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) led the way for monumental changes to take place within the nursing home industry. The report of the IoM basically stated that nursing homes needed significant reform and that it was Read More...
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A Simple Piece of String Can Enhance Your Life
December 8, 2014 10:52 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Living longer. Many individuals are often attempting to find some fountain of youth that can enhance their lives. Commercials and advertisements abound with supposed remedies that will increase one's life. Yet, a very simple technique that dentists have Read More...
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One Half of Commonly Prescribed Medications Increase Falls Among the Elderly
September 3, 2014 11:26 AM by Brian Garavaglia
The European Journal of Public Health has found some important news: Many medications prescribed to the elderly may potentially lead to more harm due to falls, which subsequently can lead to certain life-threatening injuries. It was found that one-half Read More...
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Oxytocin: New Wonder Hormone That May Reduce Muscle Aging
June 23, 2014 2:10 PM by Brian Garavaglia
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 Read More...
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Fasting May Help Boost Immune System Function for Elderly
June 10, 2014 1:53 PM by Brian Garavaglia
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. Read More...
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Telomeres, Exercise, Lifestyle and their Relationship to Longevity
January 27, 2014 11:42 AM by Brian Garavaglia
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 Read More...
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African American Residents Experience Less Pressure Ulcer Success
October 31, 2011 7:40 AM by Brian Garavaglia
A national effort to reduce pressure ulcers within American nursing homes has been working for many, but some have not been affected by the effort. African American residents appear to have been less influenced by the nation-wide effort to reduce pressures Read More...
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Type II Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Issues in Seniors
July 29, 2011 9:00 AM by Brian Garavaglia
A recent study has found that there may be a link between Type II diabetes and cognitive impairment in the elderly. Type II diabetes is different from Type I, which is often referred to a juvenile diabetes. With Type I there is an insufficient production Read More...
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More Good News About Walking
May 26, 2011 12:10 PM by Brian Garavaglia
The news about walking and the health benefits incurred appear to keep adding up. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , it was found that the walking speed of those who are 65 years of age and older can be used Read More...
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New Risks of Low Vitamin D
April 20, 2011 1:38 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Vitamin D has recently been gaining in clinical importance as a crucial indicator that needs to be measured. At one time it was thought that since vitamin D is a lipid soluble vitamin, ingesting too much over the FDA 400 IU requirement was a risky proposition. Read More...
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Possible New Concerns for Opioid Use in Older Adults
March 28, 2011 2:57 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Opioid medications are those that belong to the narcotic drug class. Opioids or narcotic agents are opiate or opiate derivative drugs that medic ally are used to treat severe and intractable pain issues. Drugs such as morphine, oxycontin, vicodin, codeine, Read More...
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The Changing Demography of Nursing Homes
December 23, 2010 9:03 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Over the past 10 years the part of the nursing home population that is growing the quickest are those who are young and middle-aged adults. Yes, this is a major demographic shift in the traditional nursing home population. Nursing homes have built their Read More...
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Frontal-Temporal Dementia
November 24, 2010 8:32 AM by Brian Garavaglia
In the November/December edition of Scientific American-Mind , one of the feature articles discusses an often misdiagnosed illness called Frontal-Temporal Dementia (FTD). Formerly called Pick's Disease, a disease that has been known about for a number Read More...
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The Effect of Behavioral Factors on Chronic Illness
February 17, 2010 10:39 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Older adults are often faced with a number of chronic issues that they have to adjust to in their later years. Although chronic diseases are not inevitable with age, the probability of acquiring a chronic condition increases with age. Among the most common Read More...
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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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