Article Archive

September/October 2022

Features

  • Surgery for Meniscus Tears
    Knee surgery such as arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is routinely used to repair torn meniscus cartilage, but evidence suggests the procedure is overused and potentially harmful.
  • Hypertension and Body Weight
    The American Heart Association provides guidelines on medical vs lifestyle strategies when considering weight loss interventions to lower blood pressure.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    More research is needed to investigate the life-long implications of this chronic disease in the postmenopausal female, including the psychiatric comorbidities, which may increase as women age.
  • Intermittent Fasting
    With varying views on whether intermittent fasting is harmful or beneficial, we offer some clarity on whether you should recommend it to your geriatric patients.

Departments


From the Editor
The Efficacy of Meniscus Tear Surgery

Heart Health
The Link Between Heart Health and Hydration

Medication Monitor
Risk of Common Drug Use

Neurology
Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease

Bone Health
Vibration Therapy for Older Adults

Datebook

The Last Word
Caring for Aging Eyes: Concerns and Opportunities


July/August 2022

Features

  • Differences in Women’s Heart Health
    There still seems to be a lack of awareness in regard to women’s heart health, resulting in disparities in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • Diminished Appetite at End of Life
    For terminally ill patients, decreased appetite is normal and expected, so providers should ensure that feedings are not causing patients discomfort.
  • New Research on Sleep Apnea
    This common disorder is underdiagnosed and undertreated, so health care professionals should monitor patients for risk factors and routinely question them about their quality of sleep.
  • The Gut-Endocannabinoid Axis
    The link between the two systems has far-reaching implications.

Departments


From the Editor
End-of-Life Conversations and Myths About Terminal Illness

Research
Clinical Trial Diversity: Lessons Learned From a Pandemic

Nutrition
The Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption for Older Adults

Home Health
Home Health Care: The Evolution of COVID’s Impact

Wound Care
The Healing Power of Light

Datebook

Cancer Research

The Last Word
Addressing Concerns About Erectile Dysfunction After BPH Surgery


May/June 2022

Features

Departments


From the Editor
Preventing Suicide in Older Patients

Fall Prevention
Targeted exercise programs are the most effective intervention to prevent falls in older adults.

Technology
Older adults who rely on medical emergency devices that still use 3G networks need to be prepared for the shutoff.

Datebook

Social Work
To determine whether they’re correctly working with older adult clients, social workers and geriatric professionals need to ask themselves some tough questions.

The Last Word
Due to overlapping symptoms, patients with delirium are frequently misdiagnosed with dementia, preventing them from getting appropriate treatment.


March/April 2022

Features

  • Osteoporosis
    Geriatrics professionals can optimize their knowledge of risk factors, screening protocols, medications, and additional best practices to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures in their patients.
  • Occupational Therapy & Telehealth
    Technology and necessity are merging to bring clients the long-distance delivery of what traditionally has been a hands-on model of care, and legislative bodies are taking notice.
  • Financial Independence for Older Adults
    Seniors must plan for and be open about their financial needs. Social workers’ efforts on behalf of the elder population can be an integral aspect of the care continuum.

Departments


From the Editor
Examining Burnout, Compassion Fatigue

Practice Matters
We share strategies for assisting and supporting health care personnel under the most stressful and taxing of circumstances.  

Equipment Update
The right approach can help patients incorporate durable medical equipment into their home lives.

Oral Health
Brush up on new research pointing to a link between severe gum disease and hypertension.

Datebook

The Last Word
A specialist in palliative care shares some insights on the tools of his very particular trade.


January/February 2022

Features

  • As the Pandemic Turns
    When COVID-19 disrupted food systems and triggered an economic crisis in 2020, food insecurity—particularly in older adults—intensified as a public health issue. Persistence of the pandemic continues to drive food insecurity in this population.
  • ADHD in Older Adults
    Health care professionals who treat older adults with ADHD—particularly patients who have been recently diagnosed—can help them better understand their disorder and the role of medications and therapy in appropriate treatment.
  • Older Adults Embrace Digital Health & Telehealth
    The recent surge in virtual care is changing a traditionally reaction-oriented, disease-based model into one that is proactive and personalized, with incredible potential for improved quality, affordability, and outcomes.
  • Heart Disease & Flu: A Dangerous Combination
    A link between heart disease and influenza makes the need for vaccination all the more urgent, as vaccination could significantly reduce the risk of a serious or fatal cardiac event in a large population of patients.

Departments

From the Editor
Addressing Mental Health in Older Adults

Hearing Loss
Research has shown a correlation between hearing loss and depression, and those who work with older adults should remain vigilant.

Clinical Matters
A recent study examines ways oncologists miss opportunities for clear communication about the end-of-life wishes of their patients.

Medication Monitor
An innovative method for delivering medicine directly to the lungs, experts say, could be a game-changer for vaccinations and other medical treatments.

Assessing Frailty
Defining and assessing frailty can be essential, as adverse outcomes are common with aging and effective interventions are available.

Datebook

The Last Word
A specialist says education is the best protection against cognitive impairment as we age—and the best hope for a better future.