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Researchers have found that as aging occurs over time, older adults become more sensitive to pain. Inflammation likely occurs more quickly and at greater levels and continues to prompt pain signals longer in older adults than it does in younger adults as they experience pain.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Pain Causes Older Adults to Develop More Inflammation

When older relatives complain about their pains, show a little empathy because new research suggests that as people age, they may all become more sensitive to pain. A small preliminary University of Florida (UF) Health study has suggested for the first time that inflammation may occur more quickly and at a higher magnitude—and stays around longer—when older adults experience pain vs when younger adults experience pain.

This could mean that older adults might be at risk for developing chronic pain and may benefit from taking anti-inflammatories soon after an injury or procedure, according to the researchers.

Older adults often have a certain level of chronic inflammation in their bodies. But UF researchers found that when they induced pain in older adults, proteins associated with inflammation increased more than they did in younger participants and stayed in the bodies of older adults longer. The researchers also found that anti-inflammatory cytokines, proteins that soothe inflammation, peaked later for older adults than younger adults. Their results were published in Experimental Gerontology.

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AGS Conference News
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.

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Summer Safety for Older Adults

Last June, as summer temperatures were climbing, I wrote about the risk of summer heat and strategies to help older patients avoid dehydration. That’s one of the serious health conditions that occur as temperatures reach 90°. Another risk is hyperthermia, leading to heat exhaustion and its most serious form, heat stroke. As you now “think like a geriatrician,” focus on helping older adults keep their cool this summer.

If you want a refresher on tips to avoid dehydration, check the June 2015 archives.

Every summer, as temperatures and humidity indices rise, I have a more than a few flashbacks to the summer of 1995, specifically the month of July. As the chief resident for the department of internal medicine at University of Chicago Hospital, I was steeling myself for the challenges of welcoming and supervising the newest cadre of recently degreed medical interns to our urban home on Chicago’s south side. Little did I know how quickly we would be tested beyond anything we could have anticipated.

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An article in The Washington Post notes that medical errors have moved to third place among leading causes of death in the United States.

Landmark Heart Disease Study
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Decades of data have yielded information on the formation of heart disease, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Hospital Discharge One of the Most Dangerous Periods for Patients
As highlighted in an article at Kaiser Health News online, lack of communication and follow-up account for lapses in patient care coordination between hospital and home.
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