Dementia: Small Schedule Tweak, Big Result

In March the National Public Radio health blog, Shots, reported an interesting and delightful story, Midnight Munchies Keep Elderly Safer In NY Nursing Home. An employee at the Parker Jewish Institute, a nursing home in New Hyde Park, New York, started, quite accidentally, a midnight snack program for dementia patients in her unit who tended to wander late at night. As the snack became a part of the evening schedule at the Parker nursing unit, the number of falls and related injuries decreased by 50 percent and other positive changes occurred as well. Read the full story at the Shots Blog.

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