McCormack Speaks

November 13, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Panel Recommends Ways to Improve Identification, Treatment For Hospital Patients With Dementia

This post originally appeared on the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute blog, written by Steven Syre.

puzzle pieces depicting woman with dementiaHospitalization is a stressful experience for most patients. But a person with dementia typically needs three days to recover pre-hospital function for each day hospitalized.

That caution has always stuck with Nina Silverstein, a professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. She kept it in mind as a member of a state Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee.

The 16-member committee recently published its recommendations for Massachusetts hospitals treating patients with dementia. Their report is intended to drive future discussion that will ultimately shape best practices to identify dementia and/or delirium and adjust care plans accordingly. Read more.

September 14, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

McCormack Alumna Gerontology Natalie Leland Receives $4.7M Contract for Dementia Care Research

this post originally appeared on the Gerontology Institute Blog

Natalie Leland headshotA research team led by UMass Boston Gerontology alumna Natalie Leland, PhD has received a $4.7 million contract to compare the effectiveness of two care delivery models for nursing home residents living with dementia.

The contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will fund a five-year study comparing care models at 80 nursing homes in 10 geographic regions across the United States. More than 700,000 Americans residing in nursing homes live with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Read more.

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