Current Highlights


A small-scale study conducted by a team of French researchers has indicated that falls associated with epilepsy may need greater attention.

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A new study suggests antibiotics are likely being overused in some nursing homes and reports a link between this practice and a higher risk of adverse outcomes for all residents in these facilities.


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A group of researchers from The Pennsylvania State University (Hershey, PA) and the Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center (Baltimore, Maryland) evaluated data from Medicare and Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result hospitals between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2005, to identify the primary determinants of costs associated with treating oral cavity cancer and pharyngeal cancer.


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The FDA has approved Cerebral Assessment Systems Inc.’s Congnivue® device for US distribution.

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The widely misunderstood prion protein could play a role in defending against seizures, new research says.

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Practical Research

The authors of this study identified the risks associated with residents in LTC facilities driving and the possible measures that might help mitigate the need or want to drive. View More
Long-Term care home providers are moving towards more holistic, person-centered practices. View More
Quality improvement efforts resulted in an increase in percentage of as-needed antipsychotics with documented behavioral symptoms. View More


This paper provides an overview of the two basic approaches to the use of sound with persons in LTC... View More
The article reviews 4 key components to ensuring comfort care in end-of-life dementia. View More
The mortality associated with this disease process is staggering in this vulnerable population. View More

Ask The Expert

In Part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Wechsler, he discusses the benefits and limitations of pharmacological and surgical approaches for the treatment of epilepsy, with special consideration of epilepsy in older adults. View More
In this series, Dr. Wechsler shares his perspective on the treatment of epileptic seizures in older adults. View More
Long-term use of SSI regimens are not safe or effective in elderly people with diabetes, yet they continue to be prescribed in LTC settings. View More

Quality Improvement

A study to analyze the importance of quality communication among all parties in LTC facilities. View More
A team of investigators conducted a multicenter, parallel-group, unblended trial o determine the benefits of statin discontinuation in the palliative care setting. View More
This QI project improved staff ability to document pain and use targeted pain assessments. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

Though it is not common, inappropriate sexual behavior is extremely disruptive. View More
The authors describe how Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) programs, which can be performed at the bedside, may enhance quality of life for patients with end-stage kidney failure. View More
This article presents the case of an octogenarian who was hospitalized for CO toxicity, followed by a brief review and a supplementary tip sheet to guide clinicians in diagnosing CO toxicity in the elderly. View More


This review highlights the practice of workarounds and their contribution to missing or inaccurate indication information, which can compromise patient safety. View More
An author shares his views on a poem by David L. Griffith View More
A review of the considerations and limitations in administering the Braden Scale with an outline of clinical questions to ask to ensure proper preventive and interventional measures are being taken. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

AGS takes a long look at a common and dangerous bacterial pathogen that is particular worrisome to LTC environments. View More
The American Geriatrics Society celebrates another proud year at its annual scientific conference. View More

Clinical Experience

Special Articles/Ethics

This article examines the multifaceted ethical dilemma of treating smokers, illustrated by a case scenario of an elderly long-term care resident. View More
The therapeutic potential of animals in numerous clinical areas has been increasingly recognized. View More