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Category: Geriatric Medicine

Insights into Geriatrics from Cartoonist Roz Chast

I’ve never posted a book review but will make an exception for this amazing new graphic memoir.  Roz Chast, a beloved and well known cartoonist for the New Yorker, has written a brilliant book that should be required reading for the geriatric curriculum. It is entitled “Can’t we talk about something more PLEASANT,” and the title comes from her parents’ refusal to discuss their advancing …Read More

New Government Report on Dying in America has Implications for Wound Care

A recently released report on Dying in America has important implications for the standard of care for persons with chronic wounds who are approaching life’s end. It was published by the prestigious Institute of Medicine and written by a panel of recognized experts on the topic of end-of-life care. The Institute is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences and acts under a …Read More

Pressure Ulcer as “Never Event”: Fact or Myth?

The term “never event” is commonly applied to pressure ulcers, giving the impression that they are always associated with medical error. As such, it lends this outcome an emotional charge that can lead to misplaced patient dissatisfaction and unnecessary accusations of wrongdoing or poor quality. Although pressure ulcers are sometimes associated with factors such as inadequate staffing and nutritional care, the preventability of all pressure …Read More

The Story Behind the AGS Annual Meeting Program Cover

I was thrilled when the American Geriatrics Society contacted me seeking images for the program cover of next year’s annual meeting. I spent hours flipping through my portfolio and found several suitable shots. Gradually I realized that to represent aging in America I would need a variety of images that depict strength, optimism, and diversity. With the help of AGS staff and William Adams, Senior …Read More

Caring on the Cover of The Gerontologist

I really like my latest cover on The Gerontologist as it expresses the essence of frailty in old age and the process of caring. I took this picture on a trip to San Antonio in 2012, at a nursing home called Buena Vida Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This facility is located in a largely Hispanic neighborhood, and its institutional culture is geared toward caring for …Read More

Aging Across America: Exhibit chronicling Americans’ stories stops at Indiana State University

My photography exhibit, Aging Across America, sponsored by a grant from the MetLife Foundation, just finished its last venue at Indiana State University. The exhibit was organized by Tina Kruger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences, as part of her efforts to build a program in gerontology at the University.  The following article was written by reporter Dianne Francis D. Powell and …Read More

Webinar on Wound Care for Medical Directors in LTC

Later this month I will be giving a free webinar sponsored by McKnights Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living entitled Wound Care: What the Medical Director Needs to Know. This Webinar will be part of McKnights 8th Online Expo, that will feature other webinar topics including MDS 3.0 update, technology in LTC, and survey preparation.  McKnight’s Long-Term Care News is a news magazine serving the institutional …Read More

The Unavoidable Pressure Ulcer Gains Credibility with Geriatrics Practitioners

The 8th Edition of the Geriatric Review Syllabus (GRS8) released this year contains a brief but significant addition to the chapter on pressure ulcers: a section on the unavoidable pressure ulcer. This is the first time an official study guide for the medical specialty of geriatrics acknowledges that pressure ulcers can occur in the regular course of care delivery. The GRS is published by the …Read More

My Mentor in Geriatrics: Leslie S. Libow MD

Were it not for Leslie S. Libow I would not have entered the specialty of Geriatrics. This past weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), I sat in the audience as Dr. Libow received the prestigious James Patee Award for Excellence in Education. Afterward I had the opportunity to schmooze with my former mentor, whose photo is above. In 1983 …Read More

Medical Education, Geriatrics, and the Humanities

The education of today’s physicians cannot be regarded as complete or adequate without substantial exposure to geriatrics.  It is not just the facts of geriatric medicine, but the humanistic aspect of its practice that is important.  Medicine is taught as a cut-and-dry collection of information, taking the humanistic fundamentals and historic background either for granted or with a grain of salt.  Lewis Thomas pointed out …Read More