Article Archive

2016 Article Archive

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November/December 2016

November/December 2016

Features

  • Combating Counterfeit Drugs
    Many older adults, unable to afford necessary medications, access unregulated drug suppliers that provide impure or unsafe drugs to unsuspecting patients.
  • Could Anticoagulants Improve Communication in Dementia?
    Effective atrial fibrillation management shows promise for improving cognitive and communication difficulties. For patients with dementia symptoms, consider ruling out atrial fibrillation as a contributing factor to cognitive decline.
  • Cognitive Training to Oppugn Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
    A comprehensive group of challenging activities targeting reaction time, visual spatial acuity, attention and concentration, memory, language, and problem-solving has met with success in improving communication and interaction among patients with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Wound Treatment
    With significant success, negative pressure wound therapy improves recovery rates of difficult-to-heal wounds such as decubitus ulcers.

Departments

From the Editor
When Economics Dictates Difficult Choices

News Brief
One in Four Older Adults Hasn't Discussed Advance Care Planning

Medication Monitor
Drug Diversion by Health Care Professionals

Research Review
New Guidelines on Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill

Nutrition
Nutrition for Arterial Health

Alzheimer's Update
The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer's Journey

Vintage Voices
Better Oral Health Means Better Health


September/October 2016

September/October 2016

Features

Departments

From the Editor
On the Road to Elder Safety

Medication Monitor
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Risks

Long Term Care
Discussing a "Good Death" With Patients

Clinical News
Neuroprosthetic Implant Improves Walking Ability in Stroke Patients

Research Review
New Approach to Assess Elders' Balance

Vintage Voices
Pain and Adverse Drug Reactions


July/August 2016

July/August 2016

Features

Departments

From the Editor
Diabetes Management's New Frontier

Medication Monitor
Specialty Drugs: Growing Segment of Pharmacy Spend

Clinical News
Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech

Alzheimer's Update
Brain Health's Triple Aim

Nutrition
Questions on Calcium and Vitamin D Recommendations

Datebook

Vintage Voices
A Geriatrician's Confession


May/June 2016

May/June 2016

Features

  • Specialized Emergency Departments Improve Outcomes
    Older adults presenting in emergency departments (EDs) are unique among patients, often requiring specialized care and treatment. Medical professionals who have designed and launched a geriatrics-friendly ED describe the challenges in and benefits of a customized ED.
  • Hyperkyphosis: A New Geriatric Syndrome
    For 20 years, hyperkyphosis, a thoracic spine curvature that often goes undiagnosed and untreated, has been the research focus of Deborah Kado, MD, MS. Geriatrician Diane L. Schneider, MD, MSc, discusses with Kado the importance of recognizing and treating the condition. 
  • Diabetes-Related Foot Ulcers: Prevention and Treatment
    Routine comprehensive foot examination and risk assessment are essential to preventing diabetes-related lower extremity complications and formidable foot ulcerations.
  • Polypharmacy: Strategies for Reducing the Consequences of Multiple Medications
    Conducting medication reconciliations at care transitions, eliminating duplicate medications, assessing for drug-drug interactions, and reviewing dosages can reduce the incidence of polypharmacy, ensure patient safety, reduce hospitalizations, and decrease associated costs.

Departments

From the Editor
A Winning Combination

Alzheimer's Update
Use It or Lose It: Redefining an Old Idea

Medication Monitor
Improve Medication Management to Reduce Rehospitalizations

Innovations in Geriatrics
Frozen Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Clinical News
Practical Solutions to Rural Elders' Health Outcomes

Datebook

News Brief

Vintage Voices
Creative Rounding


March/April 2016

March/April 2016

Features

  • Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Initial Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Therapies
    Increasing incidence of harmful side effects and medication interactions associated with prescription medications have led to growing support of the use of over-the-counter medications and nonpharmacological multimodal therapies to treat chronic musculoskleletal pain.
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors in Dementia
    Successful strategies employed in addressing undesirable dementia behaviors include ensuring needs are met, using reassuring language, changing environments, and engaging in soothing activities. Caregivers must employ patience and persistence to identify clues to undesirable actions.
  • Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids
    Difficulty sleeping is a common complaint among significant numbers of older adults. Providers must carefully assess patients, their specific complaints, and the risks and benefits related to possible remedies.
  • Tai Chi Intervention Reduces Fear of Falling
    Specialized interventions can help to reduce older adults' fear of falling, which can result in reducing the incidence of falls.

Departments

From the Editor
Prudent Pain Relief

Clinical News
Namaste Care Improves Quality of Life for Dementia Patients

Alzheimer's Update
Toward Dementia Diagnosis via Artificial Intelligence

News Briefs

Medication Monitor
Pain Management in Hospice Care

Research Review
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pseudobulbar Affect

Datebook

Vintage Voices
Challenges in Prescribing Statins to the Elderly


January/February 2016

January/February 2016

Features

Departments

From the Editor
Elevating Medication Safety

Nutrition
Improving Patient Compliance With Dysphagia Diagnosis

Medication Monitor
Medication Disposal Challenges in LTC

Alzheimer's Update
Exercise's Impact on Cognition

Innovations in Geriatrics
Magnetic Resonance–Guided Focused Ultrasound Therapy for Essential Tremor

Vintage Voices
Promoting Advance Care Planning