A systematic review of the literature calls into question warnings from the FDA about statin use and the potential for cognitive impairment.

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When poor outcomes occur, the initial reaction is to assume that the event was a result of a poor level of care. However, poor care in the nursing home should be distinguished from unpreventable outcomes. This article explores the difference between these two important distinctions.

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The authors discuss the issues involving dabigatran use and present the case of an 83-year-old patient who experienced rapid functional decline preceded by a massive upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to dabigatran toxicity.

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Practical Research


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

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
Part 1 of a two-part series on oral problems in older adults. View More

Quality Improvement

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

The authors discuss issues involving dabigatran use in older adults. View More
Conflict arises when patients and their families seem to accept the palliative care philosophy in principal, yet demand or refuse interventions in a way that is contrary to the basic principles of comfort care. View More
The authors discuss common issues encountered in managing these cases and illustrate the process through two case presentations. View More


Poor outcomes do not always result from poor care. This article explores this important distinction. View More
This is the fourth article in a series from Allan Vann, who has shared his experience as a caregiver for his wife, Clare, who has Alzheimer's disease. View More
This poem offers a physician's perspective on the passing of time and end-of-life care. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

This two-page resource reviews identification and treatment of delirium in older adults. Log in to download and print. View More
A new clinical practice guideline offers a framework for healthcare facilities and professionals to implement actionable, evidence-based measures to improve delirium prevention and treatment. View More
This column reviews a new resource for providing care sensitive to different cultural beliefs, culture-specific health risks, gender issues, and more. View More

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