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Tech Talk: Digital Health Indicator to accelerate global innovation-8015

Tech Talk: Digital Health Indicator to accelerate global innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that we are living in a global world with tremendous potential to connect people and organizations via technology. Reinforcing this perspective and aiming to maximize that potential, the non-profit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), parent company of MobiHealthNews, recently launched the Digital Health Indicator. DHI is described as "an ecosystem that connects clinicians and provider teams with people, enabling (individuals) to manage their health and wellness using digital tools in a secure and private environment whenever and wherever care is needed." This is important because it moves all providers, in the US and elsewhere, into a global network.

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Technology

New tool measures quality of life in people with dementia-8007

New tool measures quality of life in people with dementia

A new tool to measure the quality of life of people with dementia will result in better targeted care for those living with the condition, researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, say. The method assesses five key domains that contribute to quality of life: physical health, mood, memory, living situation and ability to do fun activities. Importantly, it takes into account the views of people with dementia.

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Mental health

Dancing together boosts bond between grandmothers, granddaughters-7998

Dancing together boosts bond between grandmothers, granddaughters

A pilot study conducted with dance movement therapists in Israel showed the program has potential to increase exercise, improve quality of life and deepen familial ties between grandparents and grandchildren. The intervention consisted of three freestyle dance sessions one week apart. It's a low-cost program that should be easily implementable in active-aging settings.

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Physical wellness

Certain food combinations linked to increased dementia risk-7988

Certain food combinations linked to increased dementia risk

It's not just what foods you eat, but what foods you eat together that may be associated with the risk of dementia, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. ® "A number of studies have shown that eating a healthier diet - for example, a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts, whole grains and fish - may lower a person's risk of dementia. Many of those studies focused on quantity and frequency of foods," said study author Cécilia Samieri, PhD, of the University of Bordeaux in France.

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Nutrition

COVID-19 and older adults: What the research shows-7978

COVID-19 and older adults: What the research shows

Researchers from multiple medical centers around the US and in India have taken a deep dive into the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of COVID-19 in older adults, as well as the potential causes for the relatively high mortality rates in this population. Readers can access the full article free of charge at the link below, and it's worth downloading and reading so you know what to look for and to provide some possible answers to residents and family members.

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Physical wellness

Stats: Study reveals 17 ways to stay socially connected-7971

Stats: Study reveals 17 ways to stay socially connected

Non-traditional social strategies are as effective at fulfilling social needs as family connections, romantic relationships or strong social support systems, according to a recent study from the University at Buffalo, New York. The findings are particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic as people struggle with direct social connections stunted by social distancing and other necessary precautions.

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Social wellness

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