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September 12, 2018
Dysphagia, marked by impaired swallowing, is a common problem in nursing homes, and typical signs of aging such as sarcopenia contribute to this condition. A new study in the September issue of JAMDA identified dysphagia as an independent risk...
September 6, 2018
Flu season is fast approaching. The 2017-2018 season was especially brutal for older adults, especially nursing home residents. Post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) settings such as nursing homes are a particularly dangerous environment for flu...
August 22, 2018
Dehydration is a serious concern for nursing home residents and can result in delirium, falls, constipation, urinary tract infections, and renal impairment. An article in the August issue of JAMDA identifies some of the challenges and issues...
August 15, 2018
The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, executive director of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, to the Board of Examiners for the 2018 Malcolm...
August 8, 2018
The rising global aging population has led to increased attention on sarcopenia, a condition characterized by an age-related decline in muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical function. However, diagnosing sarcopenia can be difficult and complex...
July 26, 2018
The burdens and challenges of caring for someone with dementia are significant for family caregivers. In 2007, a tragic case brought worldwide attention to this issue when a 91-year-old man living with dementia wandered onto a railway line in Japan...
July 11, 2018
Music therapy has long been demonstrated to effectively relieve agitation and behavioral issues among people with dementia. However, the effectiveness of specific methods of music engagement has received less study and has remained uncertain. Now a...
June 28, 2018
Pleasant, green community environments are increasingly recognized as influencing physical activity for their residents. According to a new study in the June issue of JAMDA, neighborhoods with a higher percentage of green space also are associated...
June 21, 2018
Depression and frailty are both common among older adults. A study in the June issue of JAMDA shows that social frailty—as opposed to physical frailty—is strongly associated with the incidence of depression in this population. In “Social Frailty Has...
June 1, 2018
Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, CMD, has been named a 2018 Choosing Wisely ® Champion by AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The award honors individual clinicians and teams of clinicians who have gone above and beyond to make...