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April 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Program adds legal aid services to care teams
In a pilot program, Pennsylvania’s Lancaster General Hospital has added civil legal aid services to the care teams of healthcare “super-utilizers.” Behind the effort is the realization that super-utilizers have high health costs and low-quality outcomes, in part, because of “a lack of coordination between health care, social service, and civil legal aid infrastructure.” To address the problem, lawyers on care teams help super-utilizers address issues related to housing, public benefits, domestic violence, access to healthcare or insurance, and mental health/incapacity.

Caregiver app could help seniors and save money
A new application could reduce hospitalizations for seniors and cut healthcare spending. Developed by the Boston start-up Care at Hand, the survey application lets home care workers and caregivers enter information about the health status of the person they are caring for. This data is used to detect potential problems and “prompt medical staff at a local hospital if a client seems to be demonstrating risk factors for hospitalization.”

Can the right diet fight Alzheimer’s?
Researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center found that individuals who adhere to certain diets can reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s. In particular, the popular “MIND” diet, which emphasizes “’brain-healthy’ foods such as green leafy vegetables and berries,” was shown to be effective. Researchers believe there is a relationship between lifestyle choices and Alzheimer’s, and they hope to develop “an optimal diet that will lessen the chances of developing the disease.”

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