We All Do It!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

You know the drill, you turn on YouTube and find a workout session that meets your needs at the moment. Your decision might be based on time constraints, fitness level, interest, and any other factors however, do you “warmup/stretch” when you start your program? Most video training sessions begin with a warmup, whether it is stretching, fast marching, arm swinging, …

Remember the Pandemic?

Angie SzumlinskiNews

We said “never again”, we will be prepared next time. Well, not to cause mass chaos, but the tragedy at the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26 is predicted to cause significant ripples in the U.S. supply chain. The healthcare supply chain may experience short-term effects such as delayed deliveries and restocking issues until deliveries can be re-routed. According …

Syncope

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Syncope can have devastating consequences, resulting in injuries, accidents or even death. Causes of syncope in older adults include orthostatic hypotension, carotid sinus syndrome, vasovagal syncope and many more. In the recently published World Falls Guidelines, syncope in older adults often presents as falls, especially in those prone to falls. In residents with unexplained falls, special attention to syncope is …

Survey Readiness

Angie SzumlinskiNews

It is our understanding that during CARF recertification surveys, facilities are being asked for their policy and procedure on the “Essential Caregivers Act”. What is the Essential Caregivers Act?  The Essential Caregivers Act, which came about earlier this year, was introduced to Congress in June 2021 with bipartisan support. The bill, H.R. 3733 “To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act …

Salt or Sweet

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Pick your poison! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t prefer one or the other. I do know people who crave both, which is scary! I for one am a crunchy/salty freak, if it doesn’t crunch, I generally am not a big fan. Add the salt and you captured my heart. Talking about hearts, did you know that high blood pressure …

Coughing

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Scenario: Long week, waiting on the jet bridge to board your flight and get home. Then it happens, someone starts coughing. Everyone turns and stares at this poor person who is coughing uncontrollably. This lasts for several minutes, everyone praying this person isn’t seated next to them on the flight. Several people pull out facemasks, others wish they had one!  …

Okay – Ewe!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Remember the good old days when mom taught you not to sit on a public toilet seat? Yep, we basically wrapped the seat in toilet paper so that there was no contact with our skin because germs lived on toilet seats. Well, mom wasn’t wrong, however a new study identified that the aerosolization of viruses from toilets during flushing raises …

Whose Rights; What Risk?

Kasie CousinoNews

A rarely discussed side-effect of “tough on crime” policies from the 1980’s and 1990’s is the number of felons now aging in federal and state prisons.  At either state or federal level, our incarceration system is not equipped to manage the health needs of geriatric prisoners.  There are very few nurses, no certified nurse aides, and nobody to handle the …

Oh Boy!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

We are now moving past the fear and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic, hopefully. So, of course, now we are hearing of researchers dissecting what we did, what worked, what didn’t work and of course, how we could do better. We are grateful, of course, but at the same time, a little disillusioned as everything we did was directed by …

Cover Your Cough or Cover Up?

Angie SzumlinskiNews

A recent study published in Psychological Science is scary stuff! The study found that of 4,110 participants in the study, 75% said they had either hidden an infectious illness from others at least once or might do so in the future. Many of these participants boarded airplanes, went on dates, and engaged in other social interactions. What is even more …