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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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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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Walking Your Brain to Health
May 17, 2011 11:50 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Some recent research has revealed that walking may be associated with slower cognitive decline and even possibly forestall or prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's. Dr. Cyrus A. Raji, Ph.D., who led this study, found that walking just 5 miles each week 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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Are You Sure It's Alzheimer's Disease?
March 3, 2011 4:01 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Aligning the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with memory problems that may be experienced by older adults has become all too cliché. It has been known for some time that making such a definitive diagnosis while the person is still living is impossible 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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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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New Health Care Legislation's Impact on Nursing Homes
December 14, 2010 12:48 PM by Brian Garavaglia
The new health care legislation could have significant impact on the growth of the nursing home industry. Moreover, it may have an impact on reimbursement, potentially reducing the amount of financial resources that will be allocated to nursing homes. Read More...
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Examining Competencies of the LTC Workforce
October 25, 2010 8:29 AM by Brian Garavaglia
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has released an interesting report on the competencies of the long-term care workforce. The article is entitled, "Examining Competencies for the Long-Term Care Workforce: A Status Report and Next Read More...
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Do you know what F-Tag changes are coming your way?
July 24, 2009 9:13 AM by Brian Garavaglia
This article addresses some changes in certain F-Tags by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. These are important changes that should be noted for those in nursing home care. Some of these changes have taken what was implicitly known and now made in Read More...
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Blood Sugar Levels May Be Critical to Preventing Memory Loss
May 12, 2009 3:14 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Click here to read Brian's column " Gerotalk " on the ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management Web site. In the May 2009 edition of Scientific American Mind , a short article is provided on the research conducted by Scott Small at Columbia University. The Read More...
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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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