Weekly Article Round-Up: A Dementia “Fight Club”, Cuts to the New York home care program deemed unconstitutional, and a bill to improve veterans’ caregiver program.

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Alzheimer's & Dementia

Videos of Dementia Patients Fighting Lead to Charges for 3 Workers:

This report from The New York Times is a sad one. It is about 3 caregivers from an assisted living facility that let dementia patients fight in a "fight club" style. The three perpetrators have been charged with assault of a person with a disability according to the Winston-Salem police department. After investigation, they have found no evidence to suggest that this behavior was normal and have concluded that it was an isolated incident.

Changes associated with Alzheimer's Disease detectable in blood samples:

New research has discovered changes in blood samples associated with Alzheimer's disease. This article discusses a study with a pair of Finnish twins. One with Alzheimer's and the other with out. The blood samples showed multiple different genomic differences. This could help with earlier detection of the disease.

This Philly College Student Is Running 100 Consecutive 5Ks for Alzheimer's Disease:

A senior at St. Joseph's University named Ethan Widrig is running 100 consecutive 5Ks. He is doing this to honor his late grandmother who passed form the disease. His goal is to raise awareness and research funds for finding a cure to Alzheimer's.

Dementia spreads via connected brain networks:

Scientists used maps of brain connections to predict how brain atrophy would spread. This research has added to the growing evidence that dementia spreads via the synaptic connections between established brain networks. This leads to the spread of the loss of brain cells.

Read More Here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191014111730.htm

Home Care

5 Obstacles to Home-Based Health Care, and How to Overcome Them:

The Harvard Business Review wrote this article on Home-Base Home Health Care. In the article, they discuss how Home-Based care is a promising opportunity to improve care and lower the cost. They then go on to discuss five key barriers to Home-Based care and some possible solutions.

Read More Here:https://hbr.org/2019/10/5-obstacles-to-home-based-health-care-and-how-to-overcome-them

In-Home Care Costs Rising Faster Than Any Other Long-Term Care Setting

This article discusses how in-home care costs could become more expensive than alternatives. However, the article admits that the price ranges depending on hours and level of care. They then go on to discuss how the caregiver shortage is most likely causing the problem. The problem is that as demand stays constant, the supply is continuing to decrease.

Read More Here: https://homehealthcarenews.com/2019/10/in-home-care-costs-rising-faster-than-any-other-long-term-care-setting/

Judge: Cuts to New York home care program unconstitutional:

Albany County Supreme Court Justice claimed that a cut to the New York home care program was unconstitutional. This cut was to the rate reimbursement methodology for the state's Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

Read More Here: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Judge-says-cuts-to-New-York-home-care-program-14536645.php


Sen. Kaine cosponsors bill to improve veterans' caregiver program:

Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored a bill that will help improve the VA program. This bill includes extending benefits for at least 90 days after a termination letter is sent. This bill will also establish a minimum standard of information in downgrad notification letters. Finally, it will also ensure all caregivers are included in veterans' medical records.

Read More Here: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/national/military-news/sen-kaine-cosponsors-bill-to-improve-veterans-caregiver-program/291-593be1df-08ee-4560-818b-a4515e043ad9


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