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  • May, 2010
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    Volume 18
    Issue 5
    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 16:07   |   4,734
    BRIEF METHODOLOGICAL REPORTS 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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 16:07   |   4,734
    BRIEF METHODOLOGICAL REPORTS 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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 16:01   |   2,672
    July 10-15, 2010 Alzheimer’s Association 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease Honolulu, Hawaii http://alz.org/ISTAART/ July 22-24, 2010 Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit San Diego, CA www.healthforum.com July 26-27, 2010 International Academy on Nutrition and Aging 2010 Santa Ana Pueblo, NM www.healthandage.com/html/min/iananda/congress.htm August 16-19, 2010 The Ninth National Quality Colloquium Cambridge, MA www.qualitycolloquium.com September 29... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 16:01   |   2,672
    July 10-15, 2010 Alzheimer’s Association 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease Honolulu, Hawaii http://alz.org/ISTAART/ July 22-24, 2010 Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit San Diego, CA www.healthforum.com July 26-27, 2010 International Academy on Nutrition and Aging 2010 Santa Ana Pueblo, NM www.healthandage.com/html/min/iananda/congress.htm August 16-19, 2010 The Ninth National Quality Colloquium Cambridge, MA www.qualitycolloquium.com September 29... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:52   |   4,534
    American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2010 Annual Meeting Savannah, GA; March 5-8, 2010 Poster 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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:52   |   4,534
    American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2010 Annual Meeting Savannah, GA; March 5-8, 2010 Poster 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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:49   |   1,782

    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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:49   |   1,782

    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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:46   |   16,447

    Introduction 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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:46   |   16,447

    Introduction 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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:38   |   17,748
    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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:38   |   17,748
    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... continue reading
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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:29   |   12,469

    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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:29   |   12,469

    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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:22   |   12,348

    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

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    Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:22   |   12,348

    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

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