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Eating impairment is well documented in the late stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD) but when these eating changes actually begin in the disease process is not known. Eating was defined as consisting of two components, self-feeding and swallowing. Self-feeding and swallowing of healthy elderly were compared with a group of individuals with mild AD. AD(More)
The incidence of bacterial infections occurring in 132 residents in a Veterans Administration hospital-based nursing home care unit (VA NHCU) was studied retrospectively over a 1 yr period. There were a total of 35 non-Foley-catheter-related bacterial infections documented during this time, occurring in 21 residents. Of these infections, 14 were pulmonary,(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify geriatricians' attitudes toward assisting suicide of dementia patients, with particular reference to the case of Janet Adkins/Dr. Kevorkian. DESIGN Mailed questionnaire survey. SETTING Four distinct geographical regions of the US: Far West, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. PARTICIPANTS All 1,381 ABIM-certified internist(More)
Frail elderly veterans aged 55 and older who met state nursing home admission criteria were enrolled in one of three models of all-inclusive long-term care (AIC) at three Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers (n=386). The models included: VA as sole care provider, VA-community partnership with a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and VA(More)
Reminiscence in skilled hands may be a useful adjunct when caring for older individuals. The individual may benefit psychologically from a feeling of increased self-esteem and control. Staff must clearly establish a modality in which to utilize reminiscence; goals must be set. Problems that may result from uncovering certain memories must be carefully dealt(More)
BACKGROUND The Veterans Health Administration's Office of Nursing Services launched several initiatives to support evidence-based practice (EBP) initiatives throughout its system. From evaluation of these initiatives and reflection on discussions with nurse leaders and direct care nurses, our thinking about and approach to EBP has evolved from a(More)
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