Geriatrics

Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers find

Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers find

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Public reporting of physical restraint use in nursing homes caused a spike in the use of antipsychotic medications to control residents' dementia symptoms, according to a recently published analysis. These results suggest that policymakers should consider unintended negative consequences of publicly reporting quality measures, the researchers emphasized.

Senate bill seeks to empower long-term care ombudsmen, strengthen eldercare workforce

Senate bill seeks to empower long-term care ombudsmen, strengthen eldercare workforce

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Senate lawmakers are seeking to strengthen and expand the long-term care ombudsman program and boost the eldercare workforce through a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965. The measure was unveiled Thursday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and is co-sponsored by 14 Democratic senators.

The Unknown Profession: Geriatrician

The Unknown Profession: Geriatrician

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OK, so I just figured out why geriatricians are the some of lowest paid physicians in the profession. It's because no one knows who the heck they are! We have proof.

Geriatrics conference to address long-term care issues for nurses, physicians and others

The Regional Geriatrics Medical Conference of the Year is being held through Sunday at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Jointly sponsored by the American Medical Directors Association and local chapters of AMDA, ACHCA, NADONA and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the conference features nearly two dozen educational sessions. Major geriatric diseases, illnesses and risks found in nursing home and assisted living residents will be targeted.

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

In my 25 years as a physician, I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a "functionally impaired patient with chronic multiple conditions," a "long-term care recipient" or a "dual eligible." Yet these types of terms are used every day among healthcare professionals, policy wonks and advocates to describe the very people on whose behalf we work.

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