Current Issue
May/June 2017

May/June 2017

Features

  • Boomers on a Bender
    Clinicians must recognize older adults' particular vulnerabilities to alcohol abuse. Studies show a dramatic increase in harmful alcohol consumption within this demographic.

  • Bugs and Bones: Connecting Gut Bacteria and Bone Health
    Experiments in mice have found that gut microbiota regulate bone mass. Modification of these microbiota with probiotic supplementation showed a beneficial effect on general bone health under nondiseased conditions and reduced bone loss in estrogen-deficient mice.

  • Differentiating Dementias: Focus on Accurate Dementia Diagnosis
    Failure to identify a patient's specific type of dementia can result not only in inappropriate treatment but also in needless excessive health care costs.

  • Lifespan Planning Promotes Successful Aging in Place
    Providers should encourage elder patients to develop action plans to address unforeseen eventualities such as falls and hospitalizations that threaten independence. Communicating these plans can enhance patients' opportunities to remain in their homes and connect with community-based resources.

Departments

From the Editor
Boomers: A Unique Cohort

Medication Monitor
Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease

Alzheimer's Update
Tablet Devices Can Calm Agitation in Dementia

Long Term Care
Telehealth: An Untapped Opportunity for Nursing Facilities

Clinical News
Anticoagulation Therapy After a Major Bleeding Event

Vintage Voices
Care Planning Services for Cognitively Impaired Individuals