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Nursing Homes See Continued Record Number Of New COVID Cases As Community Spread Increases Across The U.S.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a report today showing nursing homes in the U.S. continue to see a record number of weekly new cases this month due to the community spread among the general population, surpassing previous peaks since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started tracking cases in nursing homes.

Recent data released by Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that with the recent spike in new COVID cases in the general U.S. population, weekly nursing home cases are also on the rise. According to Johns Hopkins University, weekly new COVID cases in the general U.S. population rose by 229 perce

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Home Health Care Improves COVID-19 Outcomes

Survivors of COVID-19 are a vulnerable population who often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay. Upon returning home from acute care, large proportions of survivors experience functional dependencies, pain, dyspnea, and exhaustion. Until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home after hospitalization and their recovery needs.

In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), rich data from more than 1,400 COVID-19 patients admitted to home health care after hospital discharge describes home visit care and recovery extent. In the study, 94 percent of the patients discharged to home health care, which included skilled nursing and physical therapy, achieved statistically significant improvements in symptom burden and functional outcomes and 87 percent had no adverse events. The study in

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Dementia is Top 3 Neurological Disorder according to New JAMA Research

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 73 million baby boomers in the nation. As the baby boomer population — defined as adults born from 1946 to 1964 — continues to age, experts predict that there may be a nationwide increase in dementia cases.

As a result, many older adults and their loved ones may wonder whether they are at risk for dementia, and if there’s anything they can do to prevent it. Here’s what you need to know about dementia risk factors, and how you may be able to lower the chances that you will develop the condition.

Dementia risk factors: What are they and what do they mean?

There has been increasing research on how lifestyle issues affect dementia risk, and organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American College of Neurology, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued guidelines on how to reduce your chances of developing the conditi

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Personality Traits Affect Shelter At Home Compliance

A worldwide survey conducted during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic found that people with certain common personality traits were less likely to shelter at home when government policies were less restrictive, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“We found that people who scored low on two personality traits – openness to experience and neuroticism – were less likely to shelter at home in the absence of stringent government measures, but that tendency went away when more restrictive government policies were implemented,” said Friedrich Götz, MPhil, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge and lead author of the study. “Initially, this was a bit astounding, as open individuals have traditionally been shown to be prone to risk taking, willing to deviate from cultural norms and likely to seek out and approach novel and unfamiliar thin

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