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New findings show that older adults are discontinuing aspirin at end of life, reflecting ongoing controversy questioning aspirin for secondary prevention in patients with limited life expectancy.
Medicare has changed how it pays for services. In response, agencies across the country are firing therapists; limiting physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and terminating services for some…

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Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC, geriatrician, recalls his time spent as a patient in a palliative care program and what this experience taught him about caring for patients in these programs.
John DenBoer, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist, discusses various types of therapy that can help patients with dementia feel more independent and self-confident.
Briana Mezuk, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health, shares insights on what LTC staff can do to lower the risk of suicide among residents.
Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, general internist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, discusses why medically tailored meals can be a valuable intervention for older adults and highlights how these meals impact admission…

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Ronald J. Shumacher, MD, FACP, CMD, chief medical officer for Optum Care Services, discusses a recent study that looked specifically at inpatient utilization or hospitalization rates, transfers to the emergency department, and skilled nursing use…
Chris Caulfield, RN, chief nursing officer at IntelyCare, highlights factors that lead to burnout for nurses, the environment that encourages higher rates of burnout, and what facilities can do to combat burnout.
How many individual medications or medication classes did AGS recently add to the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults?
Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a premalignant skin lesion that may occasionally progress to invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
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