Care Quality

Creative Storytelling May Improve Med Students’ Attitudes about Dementia
, Care Quality

Survey research suggests that medical students in the United States report feeling insufficiently knowledgeable about the care of older adults, and that they expect to…

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Discrepancies in End-of-Life Care Preferences
, Care Quality

For elderly patients during the last six months of hospital care, both families and hospital professionals are seeking to improve the lines of communication for…

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Fear of Falling: Safety Concerns & Physical Activity
, Care Quality, Falls Reduction

While hospitalization is often necessary, it can carry risks for older adults—around 30 percent of hospitalizations among older adults lead to a loss of ability…

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Attitudes toward Older Patients among Physicians-in-Training
, Care Quality

With the aging of the US population, there may be a need for an increased number of geriatric doctors, and for more medical school education…

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In-Home, Coordinated Care Management for Aging in Place
, Aging at Home, Care Quality

Many older adults prefer to age in place even in the face of frailty or other serious health concerns. A forthcoming article reports on a…

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Counseling Psychologists’ Competence with Older Adult Clients
, Care Quality, Health & Wellness

Research suggests that mental health clinicians are less likely to diagnose and recommend treatment for older adults, possibly in part due to clinician attitudes toward…

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Home Care Agencies Vary Widely in Caregiver Hiring, Screening & Supervision
, Aging at Home, Care Quality, Caregiving

Home care agencies are often used to help older adults stay in their homes after physical or cognitive decline. In fact, home health aide work…

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Light, Sound, & Other Environmental Factors Influence Quality of Life in Dementia
, Care Quality, Long-term Care

Both the culture change and person-centered care movements have led to an increased emphasis on quality of life and other resident-focused outcomes in dementia care.…

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Psychotherapy Can Be Effective for Subclinical Depression
, Care Quality, Cognitive Health, Health & Wellness

Depression that does not reach the criteria of major depression as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Medical Disorders (Fourth Edition; DSM-IV) is…

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Strategies for Dealing with Limited Health Literacy
, Care Quality

Health literacy is an important aspect of healthy aging and is associated with a vast array of health outcomes. Limited health literacy is likely a…

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Medication Beliefs & Adherence Among Older Adults: New Longitudinal Findings
, Care Quality, Health & Wellness

Previous studies of medication adherence have contributed important findings about the health behaviors of older adults. We know that medication adherence is more likely if…

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Mental Health Care & Older Adults: Unmet Needs & Attitudes Toward Care
, Care Quality, Cognitive Health

Mental health services are underutilized by older adults, particularly in relation to the prevalence of depressive and anxious symptoms among this population (see our earlier post…

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