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Community Paramedicine Builds a Much-Needed Bridge to Quality Care

posted 08.30.2016

By Kenneth W. Kizer

Paramedics have been an integral part of the healthcare landscape since the 1970s, when emergency medical services (EMS) were first widely implemented. Today, these highly trained professionals respond in situations commonly affecting older adults.

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The Power of Words: Creating a Person-Directed Culture

posted 08.30.2016

By Audrey Weiner

Writing on history can be instructive—the facts, the context in which they’re found and the words used to describe events. In 1890, Burdett described The Home for The Aged and Infirm Hebrews (of New York City, now The New Jewish Home) as follows:

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Demystifying the Language of Healthcare and Social Services

posted 08.23.2016

By Carol Levine

In the early 20th century, the architect Louis Sullivan designed very tall buildings to meet the needs of a newly urban population. These structures illustrated his assertion that “form follows function.” The new forms needed a new name, and “skyscrapers” fit perfectly.

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The Dementia Dilemma in Hospitals—And what to do about it

posted 08.23.2016

By Sarab Sodhi

I walked up to a patient in the Emergency Department, a woman in her 90s who had fallen. She had a decent-size laceration on her forehead and was quite upset. Unable to tell me what had happened, or how she fell, I had to rely on the EMS history. Luckily, the EMTs were still there and could tell me that she had a history of dementia, had fallen at home (where she lived alone) and had been unable to get up for a couple of hours. A neighbor walking by had heard her cries and called 911.

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A Community-Based Approach to Address Health Disparities Among African American Medicare Beneficiaries in Mississippi

posted 08.16.2016

By Timothy P. McNeill, Aaron Shirley, Erin Shirley Orey, Mohammed Shahbazi, Sandra C. Hayes, and Lorie Ramsey

In recent years, improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare expenditures for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries has become increasingly imperative. Several initiatives in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provide incentives to hospitals and medical providers to achieve the triple aim of improving the patient care experience, improving population health, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.

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Diabetes in Older Hispanic/Latino Americans: Understanding Who Is at Greatest Risk

posted 08.16.2016

By Willy Marcos Valencia, Lisset Oropesa-Gonzalez, Christie-Michele Hogue, and Hermes Jose Florez

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Join Diverse Elders Coalition for a #TellACL Online Day of Action on August 11

posted 08.09.2016

The Diverse Elders Coalition has recently launched a #TellACL campaign with Caring Across Generations to encourage people to tell the Administration for Community Living (ACL) what they need to age successfully.

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