|   View web version
Today's Geriatric Medicine e-Newsletter
Subscribe or Renew
Digital Edition
June 2018 Connect with us Facebook Twitter Sign up  |  Archive  |  Advertise
Editor's e-Note
Complicating effective pain management for older adults is the complexity of their medical issues and the likelihood that they suffer from multiple comorbidities. Furthermore, side effects of certain treatment options for their various ailments have the potential to contribute to additional problems such as cognitive impairment and instability that could lead to falls. Researchers have found that interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation programs may benefit these older adults who are afflicted by chronic pain.

In addition to reading our e-newsletter, be sure to visit Today’s Geriatric Medicine’s website at, where you’ll find news and information that’s relevant and reliable. We welcome your feedback Follow Today’s Geriatric Medicine on Facebook and Twitter, too.

— Kate Jackson, editor
e-News Exclusive
Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Successfully Treats Older Adults

Up to one-half of older adults (aged 60 years or more) report experiencing chronic pain. A study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 33rd Annual Meeting as a scientific poster abstract considered the utility of interdisciplinary chronic rehabilitation programs in treating this patient population.

“A hurdle to treating patients with more advanced age is that they will frequently present with complex medical comorbidities,” says Kelly Martincin, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Cleveland Clinic, and lead author of the scientific poster abstract. “The power of an interdisciplinary program is in multiple clinicians sitting down together to examine a patient’s unique concerns from a number of different angles, and this is especially important for patients who present with complex comorbidities.”

This study included a retrospective analysis of 225 older adults and 1,249 younger adults treated in an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program between 2007 and 2012.

Full story »
Recently in Today's Geriatric Medicine
Frailty Syndrome: Identify and Implement an Exercise Regimen
Providers can proactively identify frailty and develop a resistance exercise program to improve muscle strength and mass, which are reduced in aging and further decreased by frailty. Read more »

Mediterranean Diet Improves Cognition, Memory, and Brain Volume
Research indicates that a healthful eating pattern, such as that of the Mediterranean diet, offers a protective effect on brain health and is correlated with a decreased rate of cognitive decline and a lower risk of cognitive impairment. Read more »

Wearables Gain Traction in Elder Population
For the older population, wearables offer the opportunity to help monitor care and contribute to feelings of safety at home. Read more »
Tech & Tools
Dr. Smith’s Adult Barrier Spray
Dr. Smith’s Adult Barrier Spray helps to treat and prevent rashes and chafing. The touch-free application product works to reduce symptoms stemming from incontinence-associated dermatitis. The over-the-counter spray, which lowers the chance of cross-contamination, bolsters infection control, reduces friction, and is available to both consumers and long term care facilities. Learn more »

Etymotic BEAN Personal Sound Amplifier
A personal amplification device with a built-in sensor that picks up on ambient noise, THE BEAN amplifies soft sound and makes it easier to hear high-pitched sounds, enhancing users’ ability to engage in conversation. It requires no referrals, no custom molds, and no adjustments. Learn more »
Advertising Opportunities
Have a product or service you want to market to geriatricians, other physicians and the geriatric care team of professionals who treat aging patients? Are you a recruiter looking to fill the many geriatric professional openings within a facility, physician practice or academic institution? Then utilize the reach of Today's Geriatric Medicine to accomplish your marketing goals and fill any open positions.

Coming up in our September/October issue is our Fall Showcase. Email a sales representative to be part of this unique advertising opportunity.

A resource for professionals looking for new opportunities, as well as those physicians just curious to see what's out there, our Physician Recruitment Center gives physician recruiters a powerful tool to fill partnership opportunities, academic appointments, and hospital staff positions. To support your product marketing or recruiting needs, e-mail our experienced account executives today at for more information or call 800-278-4400!
Ask the Expert
Have a question you want answered by one of our experts? Send your question to and it may be featured in an upcoming e-newsletter or print issue.
In this e-Newsletter
Other Geriatrics News
'Smart Dresser' Might Help Alzheimer's Patients Clothe Themselves
An innovative furniture design might make it easier for people with Alzheimer’s disease to dress themselves, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Tied to Dementia
The New York Times reports on a study in Lancet Psychiatry finding that traumatic brain injuries increase the risk of dementia.

Family Caregivers Are Getting a Break — And Extra Coaching
Kaiser Health News reports on the ways in which community groups, hospitals, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations are supporting family caregivers.

Depression Linked to Memory Problems and Brain Aging
Depression may be a cause of memory problems in older adults, according to a study published in Neurology and reported by Science Daily.
A Secure, Anonymous Résumé Bank
Job Alerts Sent to Your E-mail
AGS Conference News
AGS Welcomes New President and Fellows

Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, AGSF, began her tenure as president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) by convening a meeting of 2,500-plus geriatrics experts at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (AGS18), which ran May 3–5 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. A seasoned health systems leader, educator, and geriatrics scholar, Jacobs has been an AGS member since 1988 and an AGS Board representative since 2011.

Jacobs is chair of both the department of internal medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, where she also serves as a professor of medicine. She has been a leader in geriatrics research and education for more than 30 years. In her present role, Jacobs ensures geriatrics expertise can help guide not only one of the country’s most prestigious academic health systems but also one of its newest and most advanced medical colleges.

Read more »
Set up Job Alerts and create your online Résumé
to let potential employers find you today!