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AGS Welcomes Second Nurse President

Several leadership transitions took place at the convocation of the 2016 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting, held May 19-21 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California.

Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, an AGS member for 18 years, became the AGS’ 63rd president. She is the second nurse member to hold this position. Flaherty is codirector of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging and a coprincipal investigator of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at Dartmouth and The John A. Hartford Foundation GWEP Coordinating Center administered by the AGS. She has a joint appointment in geriatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She spent nearly 30 years working to advance clinical practice at the New York University College of Nursing/Hartford Institute in New York.

As outgoing AGS president, Steven R. Counsell, MD, AGSF, is now chair of the AGS board of directors. The slate of board officers who joined Counsell are Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF, who has served as secretary since 2015 and is now the AGS president-elect; Peter Hollmann, MD, AGSF, who is now board secretary; and Laurie Jacobs, MD, AGSF, who will continue as treasurer.

— Source: American Geriatrics Society


New Award Celebrates Outstanding Scientific Achievement

At the 2016 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting, the AGS and its Health in Aging Foundation announced their newest honor for recognizing excellence in geriatrics research: the Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Named in honor of Thomas T. Yoshikawa, MD, AGSF, and his wife, Catherine—who together served the AGS and the geriatrics community for more than two decades—the Yoshikawa Award will offer recognition and financial support to emerging eldercare scholars who represent the early promise of the Yoshikawas’ own illustrious careers.

An AGS member since 1981, Yoshikawa is deputy chief of staff for geriatrics and long term care at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, a distinguished professor of medicine at UCLA, and a professor of medicine at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society from 2000 to 2016, supported by Mrs. Yoshikawa as editorial assistant.

The Yoshikawa Award will recognize the research accomplishments of midcareer clinician-investigators directly involved in the care of older adults. The AGS will name the first award recipient at its 75th anniversary celebration during the 2017 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. The award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, has been supported for the next 15 years.

— Source: American Geriatrics Society


Tweets From #AGS16

Average out of pocket care for dementia is $62k in dementia vs $30k other diseases—dementia uses up 32% of assets of most families #ags16

Deep respect for loved ones caring for those with dementia. Avg cost $280,000/5yrs from caregivers support #AGS16

What a concept! Instead of spending $$$ on early dx dementia, why not spend it helping patients/caregivers #AGS16

#AGS16 @NotesOnNursing “How can we have patient centered care if we don’t ask the patient?”

“Mom doesn’t want a bath from a robot.” Will this be most tweeted line from #AGS16?

More hemodialysis centers than geriatricians in the US? #AGS16

#AGS16 28% of urinary catheters are forgotten about by the ordering physician in older adults. We need to provide better care!

#ags16 Sign placed in the bathrooms to help staff think about appropriate urinary catheters usage #bathroomreading

Older adults taking potentially inappropriate medications have worse outcomes #AGS16

“There’s often a social component to medical decision making” Dr. Naik #MDM #AGS16

Tip for conversations “Don’t address an emotional problem with a cognitive solution” by @WilliamDale_MD sharing @vitaltalk at #AGS16 #hpm