The March Issue is Now Live: Care Coordination, Alternative Medicine, and More

In this month’s issue, look for the next article in our continuing pain in older adults series titled, “Nonpharmacologic, Complementary, and Alternative Interventions for Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults.” In this article, Drs. Hashefi and Katz explore the evidence supporting the use of exercise, specifically tai chi and yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and acupunctural modalities […]

New Year’s Resolution: Optimize Patient Care with the AGS Beers Criteria

Nearly a year ago, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) updated and expanded the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults—one of the leading sources of information about safely prescribing medications to older people. Read the new column by Barney Spivack, MD, Associate Physician Editor of Clinical Geriatrics, about how he has been […]

AGS Beers Criteria 2012

Among older adults, drug side effects, drug-drug interactions and other adverse drug events (ADEs) are common, but often preventable. Research suggests that more than a quarter of ADEs that occur in primary care and almost half of those in long-term care could be avoided.The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults have […]

Alcohol Abuse in Elders

Substance abuse in elders is a rapidly growing problem among older adults. Age-related physiological changes in alcohol metabolism, greater risks of alcohol interaction with prescription medications, and the presence of comorbid medical and psychosocial conditions, such as depression and bereavement, make older persons more susceptible to adverse outcomes related to alcohol consumption. Here are some […]