Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

A recent news story highlighted what is now referred to as post-hospital syndrome. This is described as a readmission to a hospital within 30 days for a medical reason unrelated to the original admission – though thought to be a result of the initial hospitalization itself. The story identifies typical stressors for patients in theContinue reading “Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia”

Hospitalization, Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Are We Capturing the Numbers?

A recent article entitled, “Do 2 in 5 Hospital Patients Suffer from Dementia?”debates some statistics from the United Kingdom related to hospitalized patients with dementia. The article loosely concluded that anywhere from 25% to 60% of patients may have a diagnosis of some type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Wherever the actual number falls –Continue reading “Hospitalization, Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Are We Capturing the Numbers?”

Alzheimer’s Disease and Law Enforcement: Training is Needed to Maintain Safety and Dignity

With the increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, stories related to people with dementia are gaining notice in the media. Unfortunately, the stories are too often sad and tragic. Indiana lawmakers recently passed a bill mandating training for law enforcement officers. While this is a positive step, the bill was the result of a June, 2012Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease and Law Enforcement: Training is Needed to Maintain Safety and Dignity”

Fearful of Alzheimer’s Disease or Another Diagnosis?

Susan Gilster is a firm believer that every day is a gift. She has witnessed many families who put off trips, or delayed legal and financial planning, or even failed to address family conflicts and waited until it was too late. Many people state that they would want to know in advance if they wereContinue reading “Fearful of Alzheimer’s Disease or Another Diagnosis?”

The Holiday Season…not always merry and bright

Those of us who work in healthcare dedicate ourselves to serving others – patients, colleagues, staff, and families. For years we have observed – and experienced – the stress that December and the holidays bring to those with whom we work. Outside of work, there is often so much to do, and so little time.Continue reading “The Holiday Season…not always merry and bright”

Readmissions and Dementia – Why Wait?

One sure think about healthcare – it is sure to change. While CMS is currently focusing on hospital readmission penalties for 3 diagnoses, we know additional diagnoses will be identified in the future. And while we know the penalties will increase gradually to 3% over the next two years, these rates may increase as well.Continue reading “Readmissions and Dementia – Why Wait?”

Tips for Hospitalization for People with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Memory Loss

A visit to the emergency room or an extended hospital stay for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or early memory loss will result in confusion, fear, fatigue and possibly agitation, aggression, or delusions – or all of the above! A recent post on DementiaToday’s website (www.dementiatoday.com) shared a nice brochure entitled, “Hospitalization Happens: AContinue reading “Tips for Hospitalization for People with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Memory Loss”

Taking Action to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

Susan Gilster, PhD, authored, “Taking action while younger may stave off Alzheimer’s, dementia,” for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article, recognizing November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, explains that while Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were once thought to be simply diseases of the very old, evidence now suggests the dementia-disease process begins much earlier than symptomsContinue reading “Taking Action to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia”

Susan Gilster in the News…

Susan Gilster was recently featured in an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier as she announced the formation of The Gilster Group. The Gilster Group is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of dementia experts – physicians, pharmacists, nursing and others – to consult and guide health care leaders and professionals to improve the care andContinue reading “Susan Gilster in the News…”