University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Editorial Archives
May/June 2008  •  Volume 4, Number 3
From the Editor
The Effect of a "Good" Environment (PDF, 2 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 7
Feature Articles
A Pill Card Can Help Patients Take Correct Medications on Time (PDF, 2 pages)
Learn simple steps for creating customized pill cards for residents or helping them create the cards, using an online template from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. All you need is a computer and printer.
  •  p. 14
Making the Transition to an Assisted Living Community (PDF, 2 pages)
Senior move managers offer an array of services to help older adults move from their homes of many years into assisted living or continuing care communities. Preparing a home for sale, packing and unpacking, working with appraisers, and settling residents in their new homes are just some of the services that smooth the transition.
Lynn Falwell and Janice Armour  •  p. 16
Senior Healthcare Tools for Consumers and Professionals (PDF, 2 pages)
The American System for Advancing Senior Health (ASASH™) brings together government, employers, managed care organizations, providers, advocates, manufacturers, and seniors to provide a single source for senior patients and clinicians to access care support. Learn about NueLife and NueLifePro, Web sites for consumers and professionals, respectively. Request a copy of the journal for seniors, NueLife, and register for the upcoming Advancing Senior Health (ASH) conference in October 2008.
Jennifer Maybin  •  p. 18
PACE Day Centers: Designing for Function (PDF, 5 pages)
The hub of a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is the day center, a medically intensive adult day facility that provides health services, care coordination, meals, activities, social and family services, and administrative support all under one roof. Based on survey results of 13 PACE center directors and staff, the authors have developed recommendations for designing and constructing these centers for optimal use by seniors and staff.
Philip D. Sloane,MD,MPH;Nicole Collins; and Elizabeth C. Brawley, IIDA, AAHID  •  p. 20
Best Practices in Assisted Living Design (PDF, 2 pages)
This first in a series of articles on universal design for assisted living introduces the key principles of a philosophy of inclusive design that meet the needs of all people of various cognitive and physical abilities or limitations.
Hunt McKinnon,AIA,NCARB,NCIDQ, and Yaprak Savut, PhD, CKE  •  p. 25
Trends in Resident-focused Design (PDF, 4 pages)
How can design decisions, transformed to bricks and mortar, have a quantifiable impact on resident quality of life? By focusing on residents, designers create buildings and environments that maximize continued independence, safety, and participation in meaningful activities by residents; facilitate the provision of care by staff; and promote health and well-being for all.
QuinnA.deMenna, AIA,and LisaAnn Fagan,MS,OTR/L  •  p. 27
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2008: A Report from the Alzheimer's Association (Part 2) (PDF, 4 pages)
In the second part of a series of excerpts from the Alzheimer’s Association 2008 report, we present the prevalence and causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
Quality? Quantity? Quit Trying to Measure! Just Ask
(PDF, 2 pages)
RICHARD TAYLOR, PhD, is a retired psychologist who lives with and writes about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Richard has agreed to maintain frequent E-mail contact with ALC to provide us with a diary of his impressions, struggles, and conquests. Richard Taylor’s reflections on AD follow.
Richard Taylor, PhD   •  p. 46
Case Study: Schizophrenia and Dementia with Behavioral Symptoms  •   p. 9
Clinical Guidelines  •   p. 13
Experts Roundtable  •  p. 37
The Interdisciplinary Team  •  p. 40
Activities for Living Well  •  p. 42
Test Your Knowledge  •  p. 44
Facts and Quick Stats  •  p. 48
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