Current Highlights

8/20/2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced major changes improve care for older adults, specifically to reduce hospital readmissions and raise safety standards. Dr. Richard G. Stefanacci dissects what the these changes mean for residents, caretakes, and providers.

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7/20/2015

An interesting new treatment approach, developed by researchers in France, administers medication deep within the brain through an electronic micropump, twenty times thinner than a hair, to target the specific cells that cause seizures.

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7/20/2015

A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) may have identified an amino acid with the potential to inhibit seizures.

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7/20/2015

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

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7/17/2015

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

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WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

ALTC TIP SHEETS AND RESOURCES

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

Reviews

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

In an attempt to stimulate reflection and reduce feelings of isolation, the authors joined residents and their providers in viewing films... View More
Some of what you can expect at the 34th annual GAPNA Conference in San Antonio, Texas this September 30-October 3, 2015. View More
A study to analyze the importance of quality communication among all parties in LTC facilities. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

There is evidence to suggest that digoxin may be useful for managing symptoms of congestive heart failure in the palliative care setting. View More
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

Commentaries/Perspectives

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a model of care that grew out of a public health initiative to promote effective and efficient treatment of patients with multiple chronic conditions outside of the hospital setting. 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

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

two new Advance Care Planning (ACP) codes included in the recently released Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for 2016 reflect big progress for the provision of person-centered care for older adults... View More
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