Preview of the 2013 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting: Page 2 of 2

November 14, 2012

Improving the 30-Day Readmission Rate Quality Indicator for Frail Elders: Strategies and Models of Care

This symposium will spotlight new approaches for further reducing the 30-day hospital readmission rate for frail older adults. It will cover approaches for different subgroups of frail elderly adults upon discharge, including patients requiring post-acute skilled nursing facility rehabilitation before returning home; patients returning to their previous LTC facilities; and patients so frail that they are, ostensibly, homebound. After completing the symposium, participants will, among other things, be able to identify the elements of team-based care central to providing safe and effective care to high-risk populations upon discharge from the hospital. Tom von Sternberg, MD, associate medical director of geriatrics, home care, and hospice with HealthPartners, and director of a large nursing home and a rehabilitation and assisted living program for frail older adults, will moderate. von Sternberg is also a member of the National Quality Forum measurement group on LTC, and the Joint Commission technical advisory committee on LTC.

Management of Coexisting Cognitive, Sleep, and Voiding Problems in Older Adults

George Kuchel, MD, geriatrician, researcher, and director of the University of Connecticut’s Center on Aging will moderate this symposium, which will examine the links between cognitive, sleep, and voiding problems in older adults. Kuchel’s research in this area has established a role for brain white matter disease as a shared risk factor for declines in mobility, cognition, and continence, and has defined roles for hormones and inflammation in detrusor muscle underactivity. He is the primary investigator in a new National Institute on Aging (NIA) U13 Conference Grant (a continuation of the AGS/NIA Bedside-to-Bench Conference series). Participants in this symposium will be briefed on the latest findings regarding the prevalence of concurrent cognitive, sleep, and voiding problems and on the shared risk factors and mechanisms that may contribute to these conditions; become familiar with interventions designed to improve sleep in older adults and their potential impact on cognitive function, voiding, and continence; and learn about both interventions designed to improve nocturia and continence in older adults and their impact on cognitive function and sleep.

Best Possible Interdisciplinary Post-acute Management of Falls, Nutrition, Pressure Ulcers, and Hydration

This multipart session is designed to familiarize healthcare providers with AMDA’s revised 2007 guidelines regarding falls, altered nutritional status, pressure ulcers, and dehydration. After completing this symposium, participants should be able to outline risk factors for falls and altered nutritional status and unintended weight loss among the frail elderly; implement appropriate interventions to prevent and treat these whenever possible; and define an unavoidable fall. Participants should also be able to list risk factors for unavoidable pressures ulcers in the frail elderly; implement interventions for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment; and define an unavoidable pressure ulcer. In addition, participants should be able to define dehydration in the frail elderly. Charles A. Cefalu, MD, MS, chief of geriatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and advisory board member of Annals of Long-Term Care®, will moderate. Cefalu chairs AMDA’s Clinical Practice Committee and, in that capacity, oversees the development of new clinical practice guidelines relevant to LTC providers. He oversaw the development of the association’s guidelines regarding falls, altered nutritional status, dehydration, and pressure ulcers.

Keep in mind that the outlined symposia are just a sampling of the must-attend sessions at the 2013 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to cutting-edge lectures, workshops, symposia, and paper and poster sessions highlighting the latest developments in geriatrics, the meeting also provides invaluable networking opportunities. A networking session specifically for those working in LTC settings will be held on Sunday, May 5, from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm. We hope to see you there.

The AGS 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held May 3 through 5 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, just outside of Dallas. For more information and to register for this event, visit