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JAMDA
June 1, 2016

Cheung et al1 have recently published an intriguing study showing an association between body mass index (BMI) and mortality in the elderly with type 2 diabetes. It appears that high BMI protects against mortality in patients aged 65 years and older, especially in patients 75 years old and older. What is most noticeable is that this fact is the subject of interest more and more often lately.

JAMDA
June 1, 2016

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Nishiguchi et al1 reported important findings. Sarcopenia was identified as an independent risk factor of cognitive deterioration in community-dwelling older adults. It is very important to examine the relationship between sarcopenia and cognitive decline. Another study also found an association between sarcopenia and cognitive impairment,2 and sarcopenia intervention, such as rehabilitation nutrition,3 may contribute to prevent dementia.

JAMDA
June 1, 2016

Currently, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Common Format for nursing homes (NHs) accommodates voluntary reporting for 4 adverse events: falls with injury, pressure ulcers, medication errors, and infections. In 2015, AHRQ funded a technical brief to describe the state of the science related to safety in the NH setting to inform a research agenda. Thirty-six recent systematic reviews evaluated NH safety-related interventions to address these 4 adverse events and reported mostly mixed evidence about effective approaches to ameliorate them.

JAMDA
June 1, 2016

The group reminiscence approach (GRA) and reality orientation (RO) are common psychosocial interventions for patients with dementia. As a qualitative evaluation of the reminiscence approach in patients with dementia, the Patient Report Outcome (PRO) is useful. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of GRA-RO for participants with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) using the PRO.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Each issue of Caring for the next several months will feature a profile of a different Society committee. As a volunteer-driven organization, we depend on and are indebted to those individuals who devote their time, talents, and energies to Society projects, programs, and publications. We want to pay tribute to these devoted Society members and encourage others to learn about our committees and consider volunteering to serve on those that match their passion and experience.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Elderly women have a 50% greater risk of falls compared with men, most likely due to increased variation in their gait patterns during dual-task activities. This is according to a prospective observational study in Umeå, Sweden, that also suggests this increased risk is associated with greater risk of hip fracture for women.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

As he plans to step down as Editor in Chief of JAMDA in 2017, John Morley, MB, BCh, leaves big shoes to fill. Over the years, he has attracted many prestigious international authors and made JAMDA one of the most frequently cited information sources on geriatrics and post-acute and long-term care medicine — topics ranging from dementia and behavioral issues to infection control, the use of technology, and everything in between.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Caring Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC talks about a change in how health care is provided and paid for and what it means to you.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Meaningful Use would get a new name and an emphasis on flexibility under a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Antipsychotics should be used judiciously when patients with dementia develop agitation or psychosis, according to the American Psychiatric Association’s first practice guideline on this issue, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.