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America needs a culture change

My name is Chad Allen and I am a psychiatric nurse who works with the geriatric population. As a psychiatric nurse, I have seen the geriatric population suffer…

Closing in on the cause of agitation

Leonard McGram, age 89, arrives at the emergency department (ED) with Marissa, his daughter. As you help him out of her car, he looks at her and asks,…

Keys, please

Discusses the problem of when it’s unsafe for an older person to drive.

Managing dysphagia in elderly patients

The risk of developing dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) increases with age and exposure to aging-related diseases and conditions. Roughly 7% to 10% of adults older than age 50 have…
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Study: Family caregivers provide complex, chronic care

“Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, ” from AARP and United Hospital Fund, found that almost half (46%) of family caregivers perform medical/surgical tasks for care…
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The impact of rounding on a geriatric psychiatric unit

Geriatric psychiatric units are typically populated with patients who have a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including dementia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This diversity can…

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