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Pump Iron to Help That Aging Pouch
February 5, 2015 1:50 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Aging is often accompanied by the dreaded sagging midsection. This is not an evitable consequence of aging. It typically happens due to engaging in more sedentary activity. Unfortunately, as we age, the tendency to become less active not only has consequences 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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Finding the Problem: Avoiding the Misguided Search
October 30, 2014 11:11 AM by Brian Garavaglia
One of the buzzwords in long-term care is looking for the "root-cause" for various problems that arise. Many of these "root-cause" searches are often based on resident care. Others are often facility-based, especially related to financial information, Read More...
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Can Jellyfish Hold the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?
October 22, 2014 2:06 PM by Brian Garavaglia
The fountain of youth and eternal life has been something that has been sought and spoken about for a number of years. We still often hear the term, "anti-aging" used in reference to various types of supplements that are frequently advertised, as if using 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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Older Adults are Feeling Younger
April 30, 2014 10:00 AM by Brian Garavaglia
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 Read More...
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Study Finds Nursing Care Varies Tremendously by State
April 15, 2014 10:59 AM by Brian Garavaglia
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 Read More...
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More Changes in LTC Populations
February 22, 2011 3:26 PM by Brian Garavaglia
In previous blogs I have spoken about the changing trends in nursing homes. One of the trends I have mentioned is the increasing number of residents in nursing homes who are in the young adult and middle adult ages. This is adding to the complexity of 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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Cultural Variance in Mourning
April 22, 2010 11:49 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Long-term care providers must be sensitive to residents' various cultural needs, especially during the mourning process. Read my latest column -- Cultural Variance in Mourning -- on www.advanceweb.com/ltc . Read More...
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The Next Culture Change
March 23, 2010 9:05 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Read my latest Gerotalk web column - " The Culture, She is Changing " - on www.advanceweb.com/ltc . How do you think the influz of baby boomers will affect your community and how are you preparing for it? Read More...
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Integrating a Person-Environment Perspective
January 28, 2010 11:32 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Nursing facilities have come a long way from the custodial environments that were dominant in many care settings some years ago. With recent regulations averring the need for nursing facilities to be more homelike environments, many nursing facilities Read More...
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The Mature Team and its Role in Productivity
December 23, 2009 1:01 PM by Brian Garavaglia
In the previous blog, I discussed the important difference that needs to be made between a group and a team. Now that this has been hopefully clarified, an understanding of the maturity of the team has to also be addressed. Teams do not just emerge as Read More...
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Teams or Groups: What Do You Have in Your Organization?
December 21, 2009 3:34 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Organizations have undertaken considerable effort to institute teams within the workplace. Since teams can bring a level of productivity that often fails to exist on the individual level, many managerial consultants have emphasized the implementation Read More...
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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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