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Rates of Dementia Falling in the United States
May 2, 2016 3:27 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Recent evidence suggests the rate of dementia within the United States may actually be declining, but this appears to be somewhat paradoxical. During a time in which the life expectancy in the United States has increased to approximately 78 years of age, Read More...
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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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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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New Study Examines Gait Speed as Being Related to Future Dementia
August 19, 2014 10:07 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Dementia is a prominent concern among the older adult population. As the elderly population continues to increase, the number of those with dementia also will increase in number. Recent research on dementia and cognitive impairment in the aging has targeted Read More...
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Will Nursing Home Care be a Viable Option for the Baby Boomers?
July 21, 2014 11:45 AM by Brian Garavaglia
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 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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Antidepressants May Help Reduce Likelihood of Alzheimer’s Disease
May 21, 2014 9:47 AM by Brian Garavaglia
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 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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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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