Caregivers / Homecare Psychology / Psychiatry

Want to be a good friend? Close your eyes and listen

New research suggests that simply listening to someone talk, while not even looking at them, could increase “empathic accuracy.” To better recognize emotions, close your eyes and listen. The new study was carried out by Michael Kraus, Ph.D., of Yale University in New Haven, CT. Dr. Kraus started from the hypothesis that communicating using only our voice and […]

Caregivers / Homecare

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer’s caregivers

Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music — these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Greater engagement in […]

Caregivers / Homecare Seniors / Aging

Elder abuse research yields new evidence on incidence, risks, outcomes

New study data from the Chinese community in Chicago is shedding light on the impact of elder abuse in America. The discoveries are reported in five articles appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Rush University Medical Center Medical Center Professor XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, led the team that […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Caregivers / Homecare

Personalized music may help nursing home residents with dementia

Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Now they can look to the results of the first national study to compare key outcomes in homes that implemented an individualized music program called […]

Caregivers / Homecare

A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria

The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E. coli, among nursing home residents demonstrates the need for heightened infection control prevention and control measures in nursing homes, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology […]

Caregivers / Homecare Neurology / Neuroscience

Public attitudes towards end-of-life care in progressive neurological illness are conflicted, study reveals

Public attitudes in UK and USA reveal support both for life-sustaining interventions and for measures to enable peaceful death in progressive neurological illness such as dementia, according to a survey carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The study found that one in six people believes that measures must be taken to sustain […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Caregivers / Homecare

Effects of at-home individual cognitive stimulation therapy on dementia patients and caregivers

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST), an intervention carried out at home by family caregivers, has little impact on the cognition of patients with dementia, a new study has found, but boosts the quality of the relationship between the patient and caregiver. The new study, a randomized, controlled trial by Martin Orrell of the University of […]