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American Geriatrics Society

AGS 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting

May 2-6, 2007Seattle, WA
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Once-daily duloxetine 60 mg effective treatment for MDD-related anxiety in older patients, study suggests

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | Comments

Duloxetine 60 mg once daily may be effective in treating anxiety symptoms associated with major depressive disorder in older patients, a study demonstrated.

In the double-blind study, researchers randomized 311 patients aged 65 years or older to receive once-daily duloxetine 60 mg (n=207) or placebo (n=104) for 8 weeks ...[more] Locked

Sleep disturbances impact older adults in assisted living facilities, affect other aspects of their lives

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | Comments

Sleep disturbance is a significant problem among older adults who live in assisted living facilities (ALF), a descriptive cohort study found.

The study involved 72 residents of 12 different ALFs in Los Angeles. Patients were aged 65 years or older and were able to self-consent to participate in the trial. A total of 74% ...[more] Locked

Clinicians should seek individualized treatment plans for geriatric patients with multiple comorbidities, according to experts

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | Comments

The geriatric population consists of such great variability in terms of disease and health status that clinicians should attempt to treat patients according to their individual needs rather than by general guidelines, a panel of experts recommended.

Approximately 80% of adults aged 65 years or older have >=1 chronic ...[more] Locked

Sleep hygiene may improve sleep for older, hospitalized patients

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | Comments

Consistently applying sleep hygiene protocol may significantly increase sleep hours over time for older patients in an acute care hospital setting, new data show.

Rita LaReau, geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., and colleagues ...[more] Locked

Insomnia affects many older adults, needs to be treated

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 | Comments

Insomnia is a significant problem in older adults and should be treated to avoid the harmful consequences of the disorder.

According to Dr. Daniel Buysse, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, it is only recently that insomnia has become ...[more] Locked

Depression associated with higher discharge-related failure rate, longer length of stay in nursing homes, study suggests

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 | Comments

Elderly patients with depression may have a longer length of stay in rehabilitation nursing homes and a higher incidence of discharge-related failure, a 40-patient study demonstrated.

The current study included patients who were admitted to the Sunrise Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sunrise, Fla., during a 1-year ...[more] Locked

Sedating antihistamines often prescribed inappropriately for older adults with insomnia

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | Comments

Despite the fact that antihistamines are considered inappropriate for treating elderly patients with insomnia, they are commonly prescribed for this use, a retrospective cohort study found.

Using national Veterans Affairs data, researchers identified patients aged 65 years or older who were prescribed an antihistamine ...[more] Locked

Depression associated with increased risk of nursing home admission, research finds

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | Comments

Patients with depression who live in a home-care setting are at a greater risk of admission to a nursing home than are those without depression, a recent study indicated.

The study included 2,718 randomly sampled adults aged 65 years or older who were receiving home health care services in 11 European countries ...[more] Locked

IMPACT depression model twice as effective as usual care, successfully implemented in some organizations

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | Comments

The IMPACT model of depression care appears to double the effectiveness of care, increase the number of depression-free days, and improve physical and social functioning relative to usual care, researchers from the University of Washington suggest.

"It's a flexible and ...[more] Locked

Cleveland Clinic implements geriatrics rotation for its students

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 | Comments

Faculty from the Cleveland Clinic created a new program that focuses on geriatrics and is mandatory for third- and fourth-year medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
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Pain, prior alcohol abuse, self-rated health predict depression in elderly self-neglecting patients, study suggests

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 | Comments

Depression in older self-neglecting adults may be predicted by numerous variables, including pain, prior alcohol abuse, and self-rated health and mortality, a recent study demonstrated.

Researchers administered a home-based comprehensive geriatric assessment--which included measures such as the Mini-Mental State ...[more] Locked

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