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Journal of Gerontological Nursing [journal]
- Clinical and Transitional Care: Considerations to Optimize Functional Recovery Following Hip Fracture. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May 15.:2-6.
Between 30% and 40% of community-dwelling older adults in the United States fall at least once each year, and approximately 10% of these falls are associated with a major injury such as a hip fracture. Return to maximum level of functional status following surgery requires individualized rehabilitation programs and may involve multiple care transitions. Using an individual example, this article provides context for meeting rehabilitation goals during transitional care following hip fractures. Understanding recommended clinical management strategies during the acute perioperative period and the rationale for post-surgical rehabilitation decisions based on clinical assessment, program eligibility, and Medicare coverage will allow all health professionals to provide optimal guidance and maximize functional recovery for older adults with hip fractures.
- In-Home Fall Risk Assessment and Detection Sensor System. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May 15.:1-5.
Falls are a major problem in older adults. A continuous, unobtrusive, environmentally mounted (i.e., embedded into the environment and not worn by the individual), in-home monitoring system that automatically detects when falls have occurred or when the risk of falling is increasing could alert health care providers and family members to intervene to improve physical function or manage illnesses that may precipitate falls. Researchers at the University of Missouri Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology are testing such sensor systems for fall risk assessment (FRA) and detection in older adults' apartments in a senior living community. Initial results comparing ground truth (validated measures) of FRA data and GAITRite System parameters with data captured from Microsoft(®) Kinect and pulse-Doppler radar are reported.
- End-of-Life Caregiving: Challenges Faced by Older Adult Women. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 Apr 12.:1-10.
In the United States, the number of people older than 60 is expected to triple over the next 50 years, and as the population ages so do family caregivers. Increased levels of depression and low ratings of subjective well-being in caregivers are consistently associated with older age, the spousal relationship, and female caregiver gender. Less well known is the effect care delivery models have on the older adult as his or her spouse approaches the end of life. The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges faced by older adult spousal caregivers providing end-of-life care across different life-limiting illness trajectories in distinctive care delivery models. An instrumental case study using purposive sampling identified the following themes for older spousal caregivers: balancing multiple morbidities; feeling overwhelmed and exhausted; dealing with personal health issues; feeling isolated; and coordinating care. Implications for health care providers are also examined.
- CNE Quiz. [Journal Article]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May; 39(5):36-7.
- Product news. [Journal Article]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May; 39(5):9-10.
- News. [Journal Article]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May; 39(5):7-55.
- The choosing wisely(®) campaign and nurses' role in dissemination. [Editorial]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 May; 39(5):4-6.
- Psychopharmacological medication use among older adults with dementia in nursing homes. [Journal Article]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 Apr; 39(4):8-14.
Historically, the use of psychopharmacological medications, such as antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anxiolytic agents, have been scrutinized due to concerns with safety and efficacy especially in older adults with dementia. Over the past year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a national initiative to improve the behavioral health of older adults residing in America's nursing homes with a focus on reducing the inappropriate use of these medications to inform the practitioner of the importance of not just evaluating antipsychotic agents but all medications that an older person with dementia may be prescribed. This is critical due to the increased vulnerability of this population to adverse effects coupled with varying degrees of efficacy. Online national resources are also provided.
- Sexuality in Nursing Homes: Practice and Policy. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 Apr 26.:1-8.
Older adults' sexuality and sexual expression are often overlooked in nursing home and residential care settings. Despite cultural beliefs that this population is asexual, sexual activity occurs frequently among residents in long-term care. This study, using written survey instrumentation, examines the scope of resident sexuality, staff reactions to sexual behavior, and the policies and guidelines used in 91 nursing homes to address residents' sexual activity. Eighty-five percent of respondents reported that sexual activity had occurred in their homes, and staff reactions to sexual activity were based on general guidelines. Many responses indicated that sexual expression of residents was considered non-normative. Issues of consent, especially concerning residents with dementia, and residents' right to privacy were addressed using existing general policies. Survey results demonstrate a need for specific policies and staff training regarding sexual expression to be developed with the input of nurses, family members, and residents.
- The Time of Our Lives: Reflections on the Art of Geriatric Nursing. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Gerontol Nurs 2013 Apr 26.:1-2.