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JAMDA
December 1, 2015

A vast variety of chronic diseases is associated with changes in body composition. Reduced lean mass, that is, skeletal muscle mass, is particularly important with regard to the patients' quality of life, because it may yield reductions in exercise capacity and activities of daily living.1 Skeletal muscle mass of both arms and legs combined has been termed appendicular skeletal muscle mass. The term sarcopenia describes a status in which this appendicular skeletal muscle mass decreases in excess of 2 SDs of the mean of a healthy young reference population.

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

The aim of this study was to determine whether mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affects the development of fear of falling (FoF) in older adults.

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

In recent years, “prevention” and “early diagnosis” have been growingly discussed and explored in the field of cognitive disorders. Such increased attention to cognitive disturbances and neurodegenerative conditions may constitute a key step for achieving early/timely diagnosis of dementing illnesses. At the same time, it may generate possible issues (such as a greater proportion of negative diagnostic procedures with potential misuse of resources) that should be acknowledged by health care systems.

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

Implementing any change that involves human behavior tends to be difficult. Especially when it comes to chronic, recurrent problems, there typically will be several factors that contribute to the status quo.

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

We aimed to describe longitudinal patterns of care in community-dwelling European patients with Alzheimer disease (AD), and determine patient-, caregiver-, and country-related predictors of transitions across different care levels.

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

The overall prevalence of mental health disorders among caregivers of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) remains unclear. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate the prevalence of various mental health disorders among caregivers of patients with AD globally and to determine factors that predispose to development of the aforementioned, namely gender of caregiver, gender of patient, and caregiver-patient relationship.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

The greatest challenge in palliative medicine is that the system isn't currently set up to deal with patients dying from chronic illnesses, according to KellyAnn Light-McGroary, MD, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She will be addressing this and other issues at the Meet the Expert Breakfast Session during AMDA's annual conference in Orlando, FL, next March. Set for Saturday, March 19, Dr. Light-McGroary's presentation is entitled “Heart Failure Throughout the Continuum of Care: Where Does Palliative Care Fit In?”

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

A simple screening tool that relies on data routinely collected in nursing homes can help identify frail and prefrail residents who are at risk for incident falls, hospitalizations, disability, and death, according to results from a 9-year longitudinal follow-up study in Hong Kong.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

Management of symptoms is key for preserving quality of life in elderly patients with cancer, but medication should not be the first choice, according to researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. Given the potential for comorbidities in this population, they recommend a comprehensive evaluation, starting with a physical examination and focusing on maximizing function while minimizing drug-drug interactions.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

Caring for the Ages Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, spells out the alphabet soup of advance care planning.