TODAY'S NEWS

5/20/2015

Researchers at the recent American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, DC presented their findings on diabetes severity and parkinsonism in a group of adults older than 55. 

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5/19/2015

According to a recent study in Blood Purification, the Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index can predict overall mortality risk in patients receiving hemodialysis.

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5/6/2015

A recent study in the online Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine identified several patient and health system factors likely to affect whether an older adult will undergo an emergency transfer to a hospital from a residential aged care facility. 

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4/10/2015

ALTC had the opportunity to discuss the laws and ethics of physician-assisted suicide and refusal and withdrawal of treatment at the end of life with Michael Gordon, MD, co-author of a new book on laws and ethics of dementia.

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4/10/2015

This case illustrates how effective navigation of the healthcare system and utilization of resources enabled an older adult with multiple medical conditions to transfer from a nursing home to a home care setting, resulting in fewer hospitalizations and an enhanced quality of life.

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WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

ALTC TIP SHEETS AND RESOURCES

Practical Research

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
The authors describe a study that evaluated the efficacy of an evidence-based program. View More

Reviews

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
This article provides a brief overview of HBO2 therapy indications, safety and side effects, and its potential role in nursing home care. View More

Ask The Expert

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
A Q&A with a CDC medical epidemiologist on antigenic drift and guidelines for antivirals in older adults. View More
Part 2 discusses identifying and managing xerostomia due to numerous etiologies in older adults. View More

Quality Improvement

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
The authors describe the perceptions of nursing home providers who participated in a PIPP-funded QI project and completed a survey addressing a variety of QI-related concerns. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

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 case illustrates how effective navigation of the healthcare system and utilization of resources enabled an older adult with multiple medical conditions to transfer from a nursing home to a home care setting, resulting in fewer hospitalizations and an enhanced quality of life. View More
The authors discuss issues involving dabigatran use in older adults. View More

Commentaries/Perspectives

What is the accountability-preparation gap and how is it affecting the ability of DONs to effectively do their jobs? View More
The importance and core elements of an antibiotic stewardship program are reviewed. View More
Poor outcomes do not always result from poor care. This article explores this important distinction. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

Medicare Update

2015 will bring many changes sure to impact long-term care providers. Those who understand these changes are poised to share in substantial healthcare savings and improve quality care. View More
How will long-term care be financed and delivered in the future? The 15-member Commission on Long-Term Care recently submitted its final report to Congress outlining its answers to this important question. View More

Special Articles/Ethics

The therapeutic potential of animals in numerous clinical areas has been increasingly recognized. View More
SNFs vary in their strengths and weaknesses, and some may not be equipped to care for the complex needs of individuals who are ill. View More