Volume 18 - Issue 5 - May, 2010

The Benefits of Exercise

From the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging. Please click here for the PDF.

Courses and Conferences

July 10-15, 2010
Alzheimer’s Association 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
Honolulu, Hawaii

July 22-24, 2010
Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit
San Diego, CA

July 26-27, 2010
International Academy on Nutrition and Aging 2010
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM

August 16-19, 2010
The Ninth National Quality Colloquium
Cambridge, MA

September 29

Abstracts from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Mild Cognitive Impairment and Objective Instrumental Everyday Functioning: The Everyday Cognition Battery Memory Test
Jason C. Allaire, PhD, Alyssa Gamaldo, MS, Brian J. Ayotte, PhD, Regina Sims, PhD, and Keith Whitfield, PhD

OBJECTIVES: To examine the performance subjects with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) on an objective measure of everyday or real-world memory and subjective items assessing competency within the same instrumental domains; to determine whether the Everyday Cognition Battery (ECB) can uniquely predi

Detecting Adverse Drug Events Using a Nursing Home–Specific Trigger Tool

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as, “injuries resulting from a medical intervention related to a drug.”1 Institutionalized elderly experience ADEs at a rate as high as 10.8 events per 100-patient months, often as a result of polypharmacy, multiple comorbid illnesses, and difficulty with monitoring prescribed medications.2-4 This translates into approximately 135 ADEs each year in an average-size nursing home (NH; bed size of 105), or approximately 2 million events a year among all U.S. NH residents. ADEs represent the most cli

Palliative and End-of-Life Care in LTC: Evaluation and Treatment of Dyspnea, Death Rattle, and Myoclonus

This article is the second in a series on palliative and end-of-life care in the LTC setting. The first article appeared in the April issue of the Journal.

The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering for patients, regardless of their stage of illness. Most LTC patients should have palliative treatments integrated into their comprehensive care plan because of their high mortality rate and prevalent burden of suffering due to their chronic illnesses. These patients can be expected to suffer from many symptoms as their illness progresses. Three troubling symptoms t

Improving Physical Environments for Dementia Care: Making Minimal Changes for Maximum Effect

The physical environment can play a significant role in treatment for and associated outcomes of LTC facility residents with dementia. The purpose of this article is to discuss the needs of this population and highlight research that demonstrates how relatively simple design modifications to the physical environment of existing facilities can have significant benefits for this population. Future research should explore how the physical environment impacts individuals at different stages of dementia, since many studies focus only on individuals with early-stage dementia or ignore the severity o

The Use of Commercial Health Video Games to Promote Physical Activity in Older Adults

Over the past 18 months, sales of the Nintendo Wii™, Electronic Arts Sports Active™, and Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)™ totaled $2 billion worldwide.1 Gamers today represent a broad range of ages and backgrounds. The average gamer is 39 years old, 40% are women, and more than 25% are age 50 and over.2 It was estimated that by the end of 2009, 68% of American households would have a gaming console in the home.2

Older persons have not missed out on this trend, with several media reports of entire nursing home chains and senior cente

Why I'm a Member of the American Geriatrics Society

I joined the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) more than a decade ago. I’ve been a member of AGS' Program Committee, and its Education Committee. I was also the first formal liaison between AGS and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), of which I'm also a member.

I think one of the AGS' strengths is that it’s multidisciplinary. It's the umbrella organization for all providers in the field.

Both the networking opportunities that AGS membership affords and the aging policy advocacy work that AGS does are centrally important to me. Mental health issues are alway

First Report®

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2010 Annual Meeting
Savannah, GA; March 5-8, 2010


Effects of Rivastigmine Transdermal Patch on Cognitive Ability in Patients with Mild-to-Moderately Severe AD

Savannah, GA—In their study examining the specific effects of rivastigmine on individual Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale (ADAS-Cog) items and cognitive domain scores, George T. Grossberg, MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, and colleagues found that the rivastigmine patch is associated with improved co