This is the first post of the New Year in the Best of Geriatric Care News (formerly What We Read This Month) series which shares all of my favorite articles over the past month.  I was sick for the first few weeks of the month, but managed to keep caught up on what is out there and what is going on!


What I Read This Month

There is an awful lot of junk to sort through every month so here are my picks for the best of geriatric care news.


Dementia & Disease

You toilet vs cellphone, which has more germs?

Brain shrinkage is now linked to hearing loss, to make things worse, hearing loss is linked to dementia.  So don’t let your brain shrink at all.

Tips on how to provide long-distance care for dementia patients.

Dementia and infections do not mix and worsen symptoms.

How to create a dementia safe bedroom.

How inactivity changes your brain!


Insurance, Hospitals, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes

Dedicated observations units could save billions of dollars for hospitals and insurances.

An aspect many find frustrating with the Affordable Care Act, is ‘how does it affect me?’  Here are 5 ways it benefits seniors.


Home Care & LTC

A lot of great resources on hiring a home health aide!

Boomers are still confused about who pays for long-term care costs.

Massachusetts Governor is proposing increasing state’s home care budget.


Family Caregiving & Nutrition

Cholesterol in seniors increase dementia risk.

10 ways to be less stressed as a family caregiver.

Older American’s are finding work as caregivers.