The Challenge of Aging Boomers & Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics may vary but are overwhelming nonetheless. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are turning 65 every day and this growth will continue for the next 18 years. The article, “Baby Boomers Turn 65: the 4 Key Questions,” addresses a few areas of the economy that will be impacted. A Pew Research study in 2009Continue reading “The Challenge of Aging Boomers & Alzheimer’s Disease”

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?”

Dr. Susan Gilster Authors Monthly Column for Gannett Newspapers

Following her popular article in The Cincinnati Enquirer, “Taking action while younger may stave off Alzheimer’s, dementia,” Susan Gilster, PhD, has been asked to author a monthly column on healthy living and aging. As a regular contributor, Dr. Gilster’s monthly columns will be syndicated and published in other Gannett publications as well. If you don’tContinue reading “Dr. Susan Gilster Authors Monthly Column for Gannett Newspapers”

Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties

Found an interesting article by Kevin Shrake entitled, “Hospital CFOs contemplate ‘play or pay’ with readmission rates.” CMS hospital readmission penalties are currently 1%, and will increase to 3% over the next two years. Much debate exists as to whether the penalties are small enough that hospitals will not be overly concerned with losing aContinue reading “Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties”

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”

Hospital Experiences for People with Dementia: We Can Do Better

I recently spent a few days in the hospital caring for a relative who had surgery. I could not help but reflect on the impact that the impersonal, noisy, hectic environment would have on an older person with dementia. Just a few of our experiences: • A lot of “hurry and wait” episodes before andContinue reading “Hospital Experiences for People with Dementia: We Can Do Better”

Hospitalization Expensive and Likely to Result in Readmission for Those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

A recent Annals of Internal Medicine study indicated that hospitalization for those with Alzheimer’s disease greatly increases their risk of adverse outcomes. This certainly validates our experience over the past 25 years. Hospitals, insurers and physicians should consider that those age 65 and older with dementia are hospitalized three times more than their peers –Continue reading “Hospitalization Expensive and Likely to Result in Readmission for Those with Alzheimer’s and 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…”