Home Care Patients Are Likely Down with Dope

More in-home care patients are probably lighting up and utilizing cannabis, as the number of older Americans that believe medical marijuana is effective for pain relief, appetite loss and anxiety has risen. Four out of five respondents between the age of 50 and 80 said they support allowing medical marijuana if it’s recommended by a […]

New University of Michigan Lab Looks Like a Senior’s Home

A new lab setting from the University of Michigan could help researchers better study how older adults interact with their surroundings inside their homes. The setting, called HomeLab, is a mock apartment outfitted with all the trappings and conveniences of a modern dwelling, such as a stove, microwave, refrigerator and washer and dryer. But HomeLab has […]

How More In-Home Support Could Combat ‘Pop Drop’

Having more in-home support services in place could help prevent spousal caregivers from dropping their partners off at the emergency department as a source of respite, a phenomenon known in some medical circles as “pop drop.” That’s according to a new University of Michigan study in the Aug. 24 edition of the Journal of the American […]

Why Obese Seniors Are Less Likely to Use Hospice

A senior’s weight may directly impact whether they’ll receive hospice services at the end of life, how long they’ll remain in hospice and whether they’ll die at home, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The higher a senior’s body mass index (BMI), the less likely they are to receive hospice services at the […]

A Magic Wand for Home Care

A magic wand-like device for home care under development through a multi-university project could help doctors monitor their patients between visits from afar. The prototype bears the name “Wanda” and is part of a $10-million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University […]

Study: Majority of Seniors With Dementia Lack Diagnosis

More than half of elderly Americans with dementia are not evaluated for cognitive symptoms by a medical provider, a new study finds. As many as 1.8 million Americans over the age of 70 with dementia are not medically evaluated, found University of Michigan researchers in a study published in the online publication “Neurology.” Two hundred ninety-seven […]