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Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

SAN ANTONIO — Automatically bumping elderly level 2 trauma patients to level 1 status reduced mortality and emergency department lengths of stay at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Whether facility-based or community-based, traditional primary care practices are not optimally designed to support the complex needs of older adults. Traditional practices tend to prioritize episodic, acute care over longitudinal chronic illness management. A host of innovative models have emerged to provide primary care physicians and practices with the systems, tools, and expertise to effectively serve this growing population.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — “The hospital is not a good place for patients with dementia,” said Kenneth Donovan, MD, medical director, hospitalist service, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, CT. Speaking at a session during the Society’s annual conference, Dr. Donovan shared with his audience just why — even with hospital staff’s best intentions — this setting can be a “scary place” for people with dementia.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — Barney Spivack, MD, CMD, national medical director, Medicare case and condition management for Optum, spoke about the revised COPD clinical practice guideline during a session at AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s annual conference here.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

MADRID — In a surprising finding, antidepressant use during the 3 years preceding diagnosis of dementia was linked with a significantly reduced mortality risk, Daniela Enache, MD, reported at the European Congress of Psychiatry.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

What a great annual meeting we had in Orlando! Caring’s print coverage of the meeting will start in earnest next month, but I couldn’t wait to share my excitement about this year’s meeting. Like many of us, I find the best part of the meeting is just assembling and being in the presence of kindred spirits. It’s like a family reunion, old home week, a big 12-step convention, or however you’d describe a large-scale communion of like-minded individuals. (Perhaps a cult? Hmmm. We are being instructed to refer to ourselves as “the Society” now — shorthand for “AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute...

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — Outgoing AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine President Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD, gave her final presentation in that role at the Society’s annual conference on Friday, March 18, during the General Session.

Caring for the Ages
May 1, 2016

Late last year, staff at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston admitted a 95-year-old man in a wheelchair onto one of their long-term care floors. The resident had heart disease, dysphagia, and other comorbidities. “He was very frail, very weak,” recalled Alexandra Shremet, a senior resident assistant.

JAMDA
April 30, 2016

To estimate prevalence of sarcopenia and dynapenia in outpatients with Parkinson disease (PD) and to investigate their association with the features of the disease.