Current Highlights

6/25/2015

Adults with frontotemporal dementia are at increased risk of seizures and myoclonus, according to a poster presented at the recent American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, DC.

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6/19/2015

Depression may be a very early indicator of Parkinson’s disease, says a new study from The Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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6/16/2015

Stress, sleeplessness, and forgetting to take medication were the top three seizure triggers among adults 50 and older diagnosed with epilepsy, reported a study presented at the recent American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, DC.

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6/16/2015

A new study links elevated fasting plasma glucose levels with lower grip strength in older men—but not in older women. Researchers published their findings in the online BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

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6/12/2015

Providing antiepileptic drugs to patients with brain tumors to prevent the onset of seizures may offer no benefit, according to a new meta-analysis published in the online Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery.

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WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

ALTC TIP SHEETS AND RESOURCES

Practical Research

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
Offering 2 oz of citrus sorbet prior to meals can help ameliorate drug-induced xerostomia and improve food intake among elderly LTC residents. 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

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
A QI project involving a specialized NP led to significant improvements in patient outcomes. 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

Commentaries/Perspectives

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
What is the accountability-preparation gap and how is it affecting the ability of DONs to effectively do their jobs? View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

Clinical Experience

Special Articles/Ethics