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Case Concepts in T2DM: Caring for Older Adults Transitioning to and Living in LTC Settings

This 0.75-credit CME/CE activity offers geriatricians, diabetologists, primary care practitioners, internists, physician associates, nurse practitioners, and nurses insights and information to help them recognize challenges of managing patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who are transitioning to or living in long-term care settings and implement strategies to effectively care for these individuals through review of patient cases. Participants can answer questions about optimal management approaches for each patient and see how their answers compare with those of their peers. In addition, video clips provided by expert faculty reinforce important clinical concepts. The program was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) with support from Sanofi US and features past GSA President Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, FGSA, and Rodolfo J. Galindo, MD, FACE, as the expert faculty.

GSA Policy Profile: A GSA on Aging Podcast SeriesGSA Policy Profiles provide insights into current aging-related policy issues from those at the forefront working to develop evidence-based policy.

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Impact of the New FDA Regulation on Hearing Aids for Older Adults

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Research shows the impact of poor hearing and hearing loss on older adults – such as poor daily communication, cognitive decline, depression, and social isolation. We know that all too often the high cost of hearing aids, which have not been covered by Medicare, discouraged millions of Americans from buying the devices.  In fact, it is estimated that only about one-fifth of Americans with hearing loss get help. New FDA regulation that takes effect in October provides for hearing aids to be sold over the counter without a prescription.   This episode provides an overview of this new regulation and its potential for positive impact on the lives of older adults.

GSA Policy Profile Frank Lin
Guest: Frank Lin, MD, PhD--Director, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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: Patricia M. "Trish" D'Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP--Vice President, Policy and Professional Affairs, The Gerontological Society of America.

 This podcast episode is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

 

What's Hot Newsletter

Cellular Nutrition and Its Influence on Age-Associated Cellular Decline

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Researchers have identified several molecular pathways and cellular processes that appear to underlie both aging and age-related chronic disease. Cellular changes associated with aging are cumulatively referred to as AACD and include defects in mitochondrial function. Emerging research indicates that certain nutritional factors may influence AACD processes. This publication discusses the developing research that indicates that nutritional components that target specific mechanisms associated with AACD hold promise for improving the health and well-being of adults and how dietary supplementation with these components may be an alternative or complementary approach to lifestyle interventions targeting AACD. Further, it reviews how identifying AACD risk factors and intervening with cellular nutrients earlier in the aging process, before major mobility disabilities and disease-driven limitations emerge, could help improve overall healthy aging.

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Momentum Discussions Podcasts

Cellular Aging and the Care of Older Patients

Researchers have identified several molecular pathways at a cellular level, including within the mitochondria, which appear to influence both aging and age-related chronic disease. These cellular changes associated with aging are cumulatively referred to as age-associated cellular decline, or AACD. Identifying AACD risk factors and intervening with cellular nutrients earlier in the aging process, before major mobility disabilities and disease driven limitations emerge, could help improve overall healthy aging.  A set of three podcast discussions from the panel of the What’s Hot on Cellular Nutrition and Its Influence on Age-Associated Cellular Decline, explores various elements of AACD and the care of older adults. This episode explores how to apply what is currently known about AACD to the care of patients and older adults in clinical practice.

Guest:

Nathan K. LeBrasseur, PT, PhD, Professor and Co-Chair of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic; Scientific Director, Office of Translation to Practice, Mayo Clinic; Co-Director, Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research, Mayo Clinic 

Host:

Roger A. Fielding, PhD, Associate Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University; Lead Scientist and Senior Scientist Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Team, Tufts University; Professor of Nutrition Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Associate Director, Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

This podcast series was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). This program has received a grant from Nestle Health Science. 

Mitochondria and Aging

Researchers have identified several molecular pathways at a cellular level, including within the mitochondria, which appear to influence both aging and age-related chronic disease. These cellular changes associated with aging are cumulatively referred to as age-associated cellular decline, or AACD. Identifying AACD risk factors and intervening with cellular nutrients earlier in the aging process, before major mobility disabilities and disease driven limitations emerge, could help improve overall healthy aging. A set of three podcast discussions from the panel of the What’s Hot on Cellular Nutrition and Its Influence on Age-Associated Cellular Decline, explores various elements of AACD and the care of older adults. This episode focuses specifically on what researchers are learning about the importance of mitochondrial function.

Guest:

  • Anthony J. A. Molina, PhD, Vice Chief of Research, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care, University of California San Diego School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine 

Host:

  • Roger A. Fielding, PhD, Associate Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University; Lead Scientist and Senior Scientist Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Team, Tufts University; Professor of Nutrition Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Associate Director, Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

This podcast series was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). This program has received a grant from Nestle Health Science. 

Nutrition and Cellular Aging

Researchers have identified several molecular pathways at a cellular level, including within the mitochondria, which appear to influence both aging and age-related chronic disease. These cellular changes associated with aging are cumulatively referred to as age-associated cellular decline, or AACD. Identifying AACD risk factors and intervening with cellular nutrients earlier in the aging process, before major mobility disabilities and disease driven limitations emerge, could help improve overall healthy aging. A set of three podcast discussions from the panel of the What’s Hot on Cellular Nutrition and Its Influence on Age-Associated Cellular Decline, explores various elements of AACD and the care of older adults. This episode focuses on the nutritional interventions that have the potential to extend human health span, as well as those that may slow age associated cellular decision and may impact longevity.

Guest:

  • Sai Krupa Das, PhD, Scientist I, Energy Metabolism Team, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Host:

  • Roger A. Fielding, PhD, Associate Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University; Lead Scientist and Senior Scientist Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Team, Tufts University; Professor of Nutrition Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Associate Director, Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

This podcast series was developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). This program has received a grant from Nestle Health Science.

Momentum Discussion

Sleep and Aging: Research & Treatment Implications

January 2022

Far from being an inconvenience, disturbed sleep has serious health consequences ranging from increased likelihood of chronic illness to increased risk for falls, motor vehicle accidents, and institutionalization. The vital role that sleep plays in overall health and well-being is increasingly being recognized on a public health level, and research is seeking to better define effects of sleep and its disorders, as well as the risks and benefits of interventions that address sleep disturbances. This Momentum Discussion reviews emerging data that is helping to better define the risks and benefits of sleep aid use (nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic) by older adults, to better identify effective interventions, and to encourage appropriate medication-taking behaviors among older adults. This Discussion also reviews emerging research to better manage sleep health.

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Past President, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Christopher N. Kaufmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Data Science in Gerontology, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Katie L. Stone, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
  • Adam P. Spira, PhD, Professor, Vice Chair for Research & Faculty, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

This Momentum Discussion was designed by GSA along with our clinical partner, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. The program has received an educational grant from Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Momentum Discussion Podcast

Successful Conversations with Older Adults about Sleep Disturbances

This episode addresses the need for effective communication with older adults who have sleep disturbances.  As a condition that is underdiagnosed and undertreated, it is important to understand how to address this issue with older people to ensure that the right treatments are provided, and that health and well-being are attained.

Guest:

  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

Host:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

This podcast episode was designed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) along with our clinical partner, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. The program has received an educational grant from Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Webinar

Chronic Insomnia in Older Adults: Epidemiology and Approaches to Assessment in the Primary Care Setting

July 16, 2021

In this webinar, sleep health experts present information on the value of detecting and treating insomnia in older adult patients in the primary care setting. The presentation addresses insomnia’s impact on various clinical outcomes in older adults and its relationship with other clinical conditions. Appropriate screening tools for primary care teams and key elements of an evaluation are discussed. Presenters also review a clinical case study to illustrate the webinar’s practical implications.

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Past President, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Christopher N. Kaufmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Data Science in Gerontology, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Adam P. Spira, PhD, Professor, Vice Chair for Research & Faculty, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Katie L. Stone, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco; Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

This webinar is co-developed with Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and supported by Eisai Inc.

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Publications

Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a relatively common disorder in patients with neurologic conditions that can have a substantial negative impact on quality of life. Characterized by sudden bouts of uncontrollable crying and/or laughing that are disproportionate or inappropriate to the social context and are not associated with depression or anxiety, PBA is often underrecognized and undertreated. Treatment options available for PBA can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life, and coordinated care from the interprofessional health care team, along with the patient’s caregivers, can optimize management and outcomes for patients.  

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Insights and Implications of ICD-11 Codes Related to Aging

July 25, 2022

The recently published ICD-11 is the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICD is a common language for the reporting and monitoring of disease in countries around the world. ICD codes are widely used by clinicians, researchers, funders, governments, public health agencies, and insurance providers to report diagnoses. The data can be used to track disease prevalence and epidemics, and they allow for comparisons across ages and geographic areas, including the reporting of worldwide, national, or regional mortality and morbidity statistics. Data collection based on ICD codes can also be used to predict future health care expenditures and guide research and development of new therapies and practices.

Countries are able to report health data using ICD-11 now, but none have adopted it yet. In the United States, it likely will not be adopted until 2025 or later. Among the changes included in this update to the ICD, “old age” is classified under general symptoms (code MG2A) and there is an extension code for age-related disease (XT9T). This classification of old age as a disease raises numerous issues of concern to the gerontology and geriatrics community. Join GSA leaders for a conversation on the insights and implications.

Presented by:

  • Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, FAAAS, FAAA, FGSA, Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington ("Aging as a Disease—Insights")
  • Becca Levy, PhD, FGSA, Professor of Public Health and Psychology, Yale University School of Public Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health ("Impact of Ageism on Individuals and Their Well-Being—Implications")
  • Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, MSW, ACSW, FGSA, Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor, and Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University in St. Louis ("Impact on the Conversation on Aging—Implications")
  • John W. Rowe, MD, FAAAS, FGSA, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health ("Why Aging Should Not Be Classified as a Disease—Insights")
  • Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, FGSA, FAPA, President, The Gerontological Society of America; Director, Institute of Gerontology, and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University (Moderator)

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