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Updated Spring 2019 version of CCHP’s State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report.
 
Physical activity and motor ability associated with better cognition in older adults, even with dementia

Encouraging evidence indicates that being more physically active is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a slower rate of cognitive decline in older adults. But it remains unclear exactly how physical activity lowers this risk for Alzheimer’s disease. One theory is that physical activity is somehow preventing the formation of the damaging plaques and tangles that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's in extended family members increased risk of disease

It’s well established that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s increases a person’s risk of developing the disease. A new, NIA-supported study shows that even in the absence of close family members with Alzheimer’s, having extended family members with the disease increased a person’s risk. The findings, published April 9 in Neurology, could have implications for assessing risk using a broader view of family history.

Remote Patient Care Applied to Home Health Care

Case Study:  Remote Patient Care Applied to Home Health Care.

We recently visited a 81 year old Home Health Care patient who had previously lost her husband.  She was receiving 3 x 4 hour blocks of home health care each day, but was still feeling anxious.

During the late afternoon, and sometimes in the middle of the night, "Mary" would become disoriented, anxious, and quite distressed.  This is quite common for folks on the lighter end of the Dementia spectrum.

Telemedicine Helps Skilled Nursing Facilities Avoid Unnecessary Hospitalizations

When doctors could be reached via telemedicine to decide whether a patient in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) should be hospitalized, 29% of the patients evaluated avoided a hospital visit, saving $1.55 million over the course of a year, according to results reported