Memory in Motion uses dance as communication when words fail
The goal for Memory in Motion, a program at the Penn Memory Center, is to get participants—both those with cognitive deficits of many levels and their caregivers—to listen and move to music.
Nursing home nurses lack time and resources for complete care
Evidence from hospitals has shown for years that nurses are more likely to leave necessary patient care undone when employed in settings with insufficient staff and resources. This “missed care” has been linked to poor care quality.
Taking out the protein garbage becomes more difficult as neurons age
As cells age, their ability to remove damaged proteins and structures declines, which could be a risk factor for neurodegenerative brain diseases.
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer may raise risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia
A Penn study of more than 150,000 men with prostate cancer shows androgen deprivation therapy was associated with a higher likelihood of developing dementia when compared to patients who were not exposed to the treatment.
Is dog walking hazardous to senior health?
Between 2004 and 2017, dog walking related fractures in people 65 or older more than doubled, and two factors are the cause: increased pet ownership and a greater emphasis, in recent years, on physical activity at older ages.
Joey the senior cat triumphs over illness with help from friends
A professor at Pen Vet who specializes in geriatric feline medicine is able to identify what was ailing Joey, a cat d’un certain âge.
Seeing health care disparities firsthand in Chile
A senior in the course Health and the Health Care System in Chile reflects on lessons from a 10-day Nursing Study Abroad winter break trip, which offered a holistic view of the South American country’s health system.
Report predicts aging homeless population will nearly triple by 2030
The national population of people 65 or older experiencing homelessness is estimated to grow from 40,000 to 106,000 by 2030.
Can music improve anxiety and depression for people with memory disorders?
That’s the aim of a recently completed pilot program connecting Penn Memory Center patients, Penn graduate students, and Curtis Institute musicians.
Breaking the cycle of despair for people with dementia
A new book dissects the challenge of living with the disease for individuals who have it, and for their caregivers.
In the News
Old and Ageist: So Many Older People Have Prejudices About Their Peers—and Themselves
The School of Nursing’s Nancy Hodgson spoke about her experience working in a Baltimore retirement community, where residents at the independent level often resisted sharing space with older and more disabled residents.
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How to Know When It’s Time for Hospice
Susan Foster and Nina O’Connor of the Penn Wissahickon Hospice, Scott Halpern of Penn’s Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center, and Salimah Meghani of the School of Nursing were all interviewed about hospice and end of life care.
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