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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...
Exercise is Medicine
March 11, 2016 5:19 PM by Brian Garavaglia
I have addressed this issue previously, but due to its importance, it needs to be revisited in greater detail. As we age, we tend to become increasingly less active. Furthermore, many health issues that we incur are often blamed on our aging process when, Read More...
American Medication Use Continues to Increase
December 11, 2015 3:08 PM by Brian Garavaglia
A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a sobering trend: An apparent increase in the usage of prescription medication over a decade-long period. The study was done respectively, analyzing data from the National Read More...
Exercise as Medicine for Elder Depression
October 27, 2015 8:01 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Depression in the elderly is common. Many older adults with depression often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Those that are diagnosed are often placed on medication. Since many older adults are already on an average of four medications, with the potential Read More...
Long-term Care is Just as Broken as our Acute Care Industry: Can we Learn From Japan
September 2, 2015 7:41 AM by Brian Garavaglia
In Chris Farrell’s August 21st, 2015 article, entitled, “What Japan can Teach us About Long-Term Care,” he paints picture that demonstrates our need to not only speak about the breakdown of our national healthcare indictors, our fragile national healthcare Read More...
Does Race Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease?
July 27, 2015 10:27 AM by Brian Garavaglia
In a recent study in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, some interesting findings as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease and race were found that may have implications for further research and treatment. There have been some assumptions that Read More...
Garavaglia’s The One Thing
June 9, 2015 10:54 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Businesses are being bombarded with techniques to provide continuous improvement in their everyday operations. Healthcare facilities are no different. In fact, Total Quality Improvement, Six Sigma techniques, various forms of root cause analysis just Read More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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