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Hospital at Home: Patient Care Model of the Future?
Hospital at Home, a pioneering healthcare model, allows for acute hospital-level care to be provided to elders in the comfort of their homes.
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Comprehensive Preoperative Assessment
Comprehensive preoperative assessment and correction of inadequacies or deficiencies to the greatest extent possible is necessary to achieve optimal surgical outcomes in elderly patients. Read more »

Antihistamine Risks
Side effects associated with antihistamines can greatly increase the risk of falls and symptoms resembling cognitive impairment or dementia.
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Editor's E-Note
The health concerns related to sodium intake certainly are not new. The connection linking high sodium intake to hypertension and cardiovascular disease is too strong to ignore.

Current dietary guidelines recommend that Americans over the age of 51 limit their sodium intake to 1,500 mg/day. Nearly all American adults consume more sodium than they need, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and most consume more than twice their recommended daily limit.

Increases in sodium intake result in increasing blood pressure. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with one in every six US healthcare dollars spent on cardiovascular disease, according to the CDC.

Reducing the average population sodium intake to 1,500 mg/day holds the potential to save billions of dollars in healthcare spending and significantly reduce hypertension rates. It’s time for healthcare practitioners to take a proactive stance on patients’ sodium intake.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Sodium Reduction May Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

Less sodium in Americans’ diets could save as many as 500,000 lives over 10 years, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Using computer simulations and models, researchers projected the effects of small, steady annual reductions of sodium consumption in the US diet (about 5% of 1 tsp of salt per person per day), reducing sodium consumption by 40% to about 2,200 mg/day over 10 years.

Among the key study findings are the following:

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Other Aging News
Older Brain Is Willing, but Too Full
Does the human brain reach a “saturation point”? Research detailed in The New York Times suggests it might.

Hospitals Try House Calls to Cut Costs, Admissions
The house call, albeit in a somewhat modified form, is returning to vogue to help reduce hospital admissions, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Hostilities in the Nursing Home
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights the plight of older adults in nursing homes, retirement communities, and community centers who report that they’ve been bullied by other older adults.

The Other Incontinence
Two new treatments offer solutions to older adults’ fecal incontinence, according to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tech & Tools
MediSafe Project
The MediSafe Project is a complete ecosystem of patients, families, doctors, drugstores, and pharmaceutical companies to solve the hazardous and costly problem of medication nonadherence. MediSafe Project users have a reported medication adherence rate of 81%. The project launched in November 2012 as the first mobile “pillbox app” that cloud syncs users’ failure to take medications on time to their friends, family, and caretakers, leveraging the power of support systems to promote medication adherence. Project users have recorded taking their medications on time at a rate 31% higher than the World Health Organization’s estimated average medication adherence rate of 50%. The MediSafe Project is available as a free download in Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
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First Crush Automatic Electric Pill Crusher
First Wave Technologies has introduced its First Crush Automatic Electric Pill Crusher, a rechargeable battery-powered pill crusher that crushes and grinds multiple pills into a fine powder. It can crush pills up to 300 times on a single charge. The first fully automated pill crusher operates with the push of a button, turning even the hardest of pills into powder. It was specifically designed to assist caregivers with the task of crushing pills in healthcare settings. Learn more »
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