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December 4, 2018

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In early March, Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, will head to Atlanta, GA, for the 2019 annual conference. She would happily make the trip even without the title, and it all goes back to the vivid memories of her first conference over 15...

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December 4, 2018

The notion of fear of falling (FOF), originally named “ptophobia”1 and presented for the first time in 1982, is defined as an association of psychobehavioral symptoms such as anxiety and fear of recurrent falling leading to an inability to walk safely on level ground. It is now widely accepted that FOF is multifactorial and multidimensional because it is found as consequence of a previous fall only in half of the cases.

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December 4, 2018

Long-term care (LTC) homes expressed concern that patients had experienced medication incidents after hospital discharge as a result of poor coordination of care.

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In 2013, the New York Times published an article titled “In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene”—perhaps for the first time awakening public awareness to the importance and insufficiency of oral hygiene among residents in US nursing homes.1 It included data such as that almost 30% of 540 residents in 20 Kansas nursing homes,2 and 1000 residents in 24 Wisconsin nursing homes,3 had substantial debris on the majority of their teeth, and that in a study of 5 nursing homes in New York, only 16% of residents received any oral care, and when they did, the time spent tooth brushing...

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December 1, 2018

A few years back, I was part of research team collecting data in a nursing home from residents, staff, and family members for a study about end-of-life care. Most of the residents in the study were older adults in the late stages of advanced chronic illness. On this particular day, after collecting data in the morning, I took a break and plopped down on a lounge chair in front of the TV alongside half a dozen residents at various stages of listening to the Maury Povitch show. Two men railed at the TV from their wheelchairs.

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December 1, 2018

Good oral health in old age is particularly important for maintaining adequate oral function, preventing pain and discomfort, controlling localized or systemic inflammation, sustaining social interaction, and preserving quality of life. Given that oral health is an integral part of general health and well-being, and that major chronic systemic and oral diseases share common risk factors, oral health prevention and promotion should be embedded within routine medical assessment and care provision.