January 202326
Pneumonia in Nursing Home Patients
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Pneumonia in Nursing Home Patients. Pneumonia is a common infection among nursing home residents. It is also a serious infection, with 30-day mortality rates estimated at between 10 and 30 percent. TIPS ABOUT DIAGNOSIS AND…

January 202325
Delirium in the ICU
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Delirium in the ICU is a disturbance in consciousness characterized by an acute onset of impaired cognitive function with a fluctuating course. The pathophysiology is poorly understood but thought to be related to an imbalance…

January 202324
Dentures for Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Dentures for Older Adults. Many older adults suffer from poor dentition, and dental care is a major geriatric concern. Tooth loss can be caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay, and trauma. Other contributing factors can…

January 202324
Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia syndromes
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Not all Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some tips for recognizing Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia syndromes. TIPS FOR RECOGNIZING NON-ALZHEIMER'S DEMENTIA SYNDROMES When patients are being evaluated because of cognitive impairment, consider causes other than Alzheimer's…

January 202323
Hearing Loss – Cognitive Assessment
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Research has demonstrated an association between hearing loss and low scores on both verbal and non-verbal cognitive tests in older adults. Hearing loss affects 2/3 of adults over 70. Most standardized cognitive assessment tests used…

January 202323
Pressure Ulcers in Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

A pressure ulcer is a localized injury that results from unrelieved pressure on the skin and underlying tissue. These ulcers usually occur over bony prominences such as the sacrum, ischial tuberosities, greater trochanters, heels, and…

January 202322
Hoarding Disorder
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Hoarding disorder is the accumulation of possessions and persistent difficulty discarding them, regardless of their actual value. Significant distress is associated with attempts to discard possessions, creating a large volume of items that can be…

January 202322
Motivational Interviewing with Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an approach to counseling that aims to strengthen a person's motivation and commitment to behavior change by helping them resolve their ambivalence about the change. MI fosters a partnership between clinicians…

January 202321
Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosis
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Hyponatremia, defined as serum sodium level less than 135mEq/L, is one of the most common electrolyte abnormalities seen in older adults. In one study, more than 50% of patients in acute geriatric wards were found…