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Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Alec Pruchnicki, MD, a physician at a New York City assisted living facility, talks about this care setting and how to decide if it's right for you or a loved one.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Low levels of the BRCA1 protein in brain cells may be associated with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease, according to new evidence from the brains of deceased patients with Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, as well as experimental mouse models of the disease.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

The use of androgen deprivation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer was associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, and patients with greater duration of ADT use had higher risks, according to medical records data analysis.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Balancing potential benefit and burden of nutritional interventions and providing support should be an integral part of dementia management, according to experts from the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). In new evidence-based guidelines, the panelists recommended screening and monitoring of body weight as well as adequate nursing support around eating and a pleasant dining environment for patients with the condition.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Any conversation about innovative models of community-based care delivery eventually references the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) model as a basis of comparison, if not the “gold standard.” In the Sept. 2015 Caring for the Ages column [“Geriatric Med Ed Preps New Recruits for a Fast-Changing Future”], the two geriatric fellowship programs cited (University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and University of Louisville School of Medicine) both include VHA HBPC rotations.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

BARCELONA — A combination of cognitive and physical training plus omega-3 fatty acid supplements boosted cognitive performance significantly in a group of people with subjective memory complaints.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

BARCELONA — RVT-101, a novel small molecule that increases acetylcholine release, is poised for what its developers say could be its pivotal trial for U.S. approval.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Urologic problems are common in elderly patients with terminal illnesses and for them, researchers from the University of Kansas recommended palliation plans that balance life expectancy with the time it will take to get benefit from proposed therapies. Taking into consideration an individual's goals and looking at a wide range of options, they said, are important for lowering the burden of care while managing symptoms.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Pain may be a factor in malnutrition in nursing home residents, according to a recent study published in Clinical Nutrition. The report points to a need for prompt assessment and treatment of pain to prevent appetite loss in this population, and consideration of the nutritional impact of drugs when selecting analgesics.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

ORLANDO — Optimal blood pressure in patients with asymptomatic mild to moderate aortic stenosis is 140–159 mm Hg for systolic and 70–89 mm Hg for diastolic, according to an analysis of all-cause mortality in the world's largest data set of such patients with longitudinal follow-up and endpoint evaluation.