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We need to talk to the elderly about life’s end

Many nursing homes don’t begin the conversation early enough about what elderly patients would like out of their last few months and years of life. Instead, that conversation often takes place between the patient’s family after the patient is very sick or dying.

Home-based services must be strengthened

The care many adult children provide for their elderly parents interfere with their regular jobs. A new study shows that strengthening home-based services is necessary to avoid that the care-giving efforts of adult children affect their work attendance.

New sensor will make life safer for the elderly

Pressure measurements enable a newly developed fall detector to “observe” falls that current sensors do not register, thus improving safety for older people who live at home.

Automatic drug dispensers empower the elderly

Sixteen elderly people in a Norwegian municipality have been testing an automatic drug dispenser at home in their living rooms. Results include increased feelings of empowerment, time saved by the home care services, and fewer medication errors.

Relatives of patients with dementia need support, understanding

When a person with dementia is placed in a nursing home, those who are left at home often become lonely and depressed. The health care system needs to be aware of the needs of these family members, too, researchers say.

European scientists call for more flu shots

Too few are vaccinated against the flu. Could spell disaster if nothing is done, warns scientists.

Elderly with dementia perceive nursing homes as prisons

Nursing home residents with dementia feel disempowered, and yearn to return home.

Elderly treated by 17 different aides on average per 28 days

Elderly Norwegians who live at home and receive assistance from district nurses and nursing aides have to cope with far more individual helpers than recommended. But the patients rarely complain.

Old and undernourished – a persistent problem

Norwegian health workers lack the time and knowledge needed to tackle geriatric malnutrition. Researchers want to know why the country continues to be plagued by weight loss in the elderly.