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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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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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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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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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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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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 Quiet Epidemic
January 20, 2011 1:47 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Substance abuse is a problem often associated with a more youthful population. If one is going to profile a substance abuser, they are not usually going to target their grandmother or grandfather. However, substance abuse among the older adult population Read More...
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Dealing with Falls
February 24, 2010 2:54 PM by Brian Garavaglia
One of the most important problems that nursing care centers face is dealing with falls among frail nursing home residents. Falls are of considerable concern in nursing homes for a number of reasons. First, many nursing homes are cited at the harm or Read More...
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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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