Aging

Cervical spondylosis with myelopathy: Painful and sometimes paralyzing

This progressive degenerative spine condition is commonly mistaken for arthritis. This article covers assessment and management, including preop and postop care.

Closing in on the cause of agitation

When an elderly patient becomes confused and agitated, a careful history of recent procedures and medications points clinicians in the right direction.

Managing dysphagia in elderly patients

Multiple factors make the elderly susceptible to dysphagia. The author reviews multidisciplinary management approaches and offers a checklist of simple nursing actions to promote assessment and management.

Congress passes National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Congress has passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which as of Dec. 15 was ready to be signed by President Obama. The Act establishes...

Participate in National Memory Screening Day

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is seeking nurses to help with their free, confidential memory screenings during its 8th annual National Memory Screening Day...

Managing chronic pain in the elderly

Chronic pain has widespread effects on older adults. This article describes how to help patients manage it.

Study says depression increases risk of dementia

Depression is associated with a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease in older men and women according to a study in Neurology that...

No evidence for Alzheimer’s prevention methods says new report

A new evidence report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says there is no evidence for that many current strategies for preventing...

How dolls can help patients with dementia

Dolls can work wonders on geriatric dementia patients.

Take Note – July/August 2009

A weekly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.