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JAMDA
August 31, 2016

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment is steadily growing, but little is known about the quality of nursing home (NH) care provided to MA enrollees compared to enrollees in traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare.

JAMDA
August 31, 2016

The progressive aging of the population has increased the number of older adults with disabilities. Regular physical activity has shown to improve health among these individuals, but the effects of sedentary behavior are mostly unknown. Thus, this study examined the association between sitting time and mortality in older adults with disability.

JAMDA
August 30, 2016

Residents in nursing homes with diabetes mellitus have more disability, mobility impairment, infections, wounds, hypoglycemia, and require more hospitalizations than those without this disease.1–3 In addition, improved control failed to protect against pneumonia.4 Hypoglycemia occurs when the patient's HgbA1C level is 

JAMDA
August 30, 2016

We read with great interest the meta-analytic study by Tsoi et al1 (Combination Therapy Showed Limited Superiority Over Monotherapy for Alzheimer Disease: A Meta-analysis of 14 Randomized Trials. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2016) in which the authors observed that combination therapy (acetylcholinesterase inhibitor plus memantine) only showed the benefit of neuropsychiatric symptoms and behavioral problems in moderate-to-severe Alzheimer disease compared with monotherapy. Moreover, they reported no other superiority regarding cognitive function, activities of daily living, and global changes.

JAMDA
August 30, 2016

To assess the association of the anticholinergic medication burden with hospitalization and mortality in nursing home elderly patients and to investigate the role of coronary artery disease (CAD).

JAMDA
August 30, 2016

Your Journal continues to grow and be highly successful. We had 690 submissions in 2015, which was more than twice those received in 2011 and published nearly twice as many pages (1104) compared with 2011 (684). A major change has been that we are now truly an international journal with 79% of our submissions coming from outside of the United States compared with 20% in 2008. Most of the international submissions came from The Netherlands in 2015 (Figure 1). We accepted 46% of submissions from the United States (including editorials) and 30% from the rest of the world.

JAMDA
August 30, 2016

I read the recent article published in this Journal and written by Grün et al1 with interest. The authors conducted principal factor analysis mainly for patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and for their caregivers, respectively. They also used a regression model to clarify contributing factors on caregiver burden (CB), evaluated by the Zarit Burden Interview. The authors recruited 59 patient-caregiver pairs, and statistical validity could be kept by presenting adequate alpha value of internal consistency and also enough percentage of variance by principal factor analysis.

JAMDA
August 27, 2016

It has been amply reported that nursing home (NH) residents are largely inactive, a condition that may further increase functional decline, behavioral disorders, and risk of death. To date, studies have mainly focused on individual characteristics that may decrease residents’ involvement in activities. Therefore, the aim of this study is to describe the prevalence of inactive NH residents in an Italian context, identifying predictors of inactivity at the individual and NH levels.

JAMDA
August 27, 2016

The identification of factors used to predict caregiver burden may help preventive care. This study aimed to assess the relationship between evolution of patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) or progressive neurocognitive disorder (NCD) and evolution of caregiver burden.

Spotlight
August 26, 2016

“I find that the Advanced program is more focused on what is happening in terms of actual medical direction. I get information I can bring back to my QAPI [Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement] meetings and say, ‘This is where things are going. This is what we need to focus on,’” says Teig Marco, MD, CMD. He adds, “The interactive aspect of the program is a nice feature. You really connect with the others in your group.” He stresses that these relationships can be helpful well beyond the meeting.