Deprescribing in Older Adults: an Interview with Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

February 13, 2020

“More than half of older adults are exposed to polypharmacy and the unfortunate thing is that those people are more susceptible to side effects and they’re more vulnerable to drug-drug interactions. It’s important for physicians, patients, and caregivers to realistically discuss the benefits a medication can and can’t provide, and to have a plan for de-escalating or stopping certain medications.”

WRAL interviews Bryan Godfrey on Benefits of Seeing a Geriatrician

January 28, 2020

UNC Geriatrics Specialty Clinic’s Social Worker Bryan Godfrey speaks with WRAL’s Liisa Ogburn on why older adults seek primary care providers with geriatrics expertise. “Our providers are physicians with certifications in internal or family medicine, but they also have specialized training in geriatrics. This means they are especially attuned to the challenges older adults often face and particularly skilled in helping patients and families prepare for the road ahead.”

Addressing Overmedication in Nursing Home Patients with Severe Dementia

January 13, 2020

A recent study from Assistant Professor Joshua Niznik, PhD, PharmD, Division of Geriatric Medicine, in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society suggests de-prescribing Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors (AChEls) as a reasonable approach to lowering polypharmacy and risk of serious falls or fractures without increasing risk for all-cause negative events in nursing home residents with severe dementia. Co-authors … Continued

Gilliam and Falls Prevention on WRAL

November 18, 2019

Meredith Gilliam, MD, MPH, was recently interviewed on WRAL on the topic of falls prevention for older adults. According to NC’s Division of Public Health, one quarter of North Carolinians 65 and over will fall in a year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults, causing 1,094 deaths, 18,771 … Continued

Welcome to our new Geriatrics Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care Fellows!

July 1, 2019

Welcome to our new Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care Fellows! Coming from close by (Charlotte, Durham) and far away (San Francisco, Beirut), this new class of Fellows is united by a commitment to advance the skills and training necessary to provide the highest quality of compassionate, person-centered care. We are thrilled that they’re … Continued

MSTAR at UNC: Medical Students Training in Aging Research

June 25, 2019

For 25 years, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has sponsored the MSTAR program for Medical Students Training in Aging Research. The MSTAR program seeks to build research skills among medical students and encourage them to consider involvement in future research that contributes to improving the care of older adults. Older adults have been routinely excluded … Continued

American Geriatrics Society Recognizes Dale and Wilson at AGS19

May 17, 2019

The Division of Geriatric Medicine was well represented at AGS19, the American Geriatrics Society’s 2019 annual scientific meeting. Among the faculty, fellows, students, residents, and UNC MSTAR researchers attending, two Geriatrics faculty members were distinguished by special honors. Congratulations to the Division of Geriatric Medicine’s Maureen Dale, MD, a 2019-2020 Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging … Continued

Dementia Friendly Training at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus

April 12, 2019

Hospital-wide dementia-friendly training is well underway at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus, where nearly two-thirds of all staff and providers who interact with patients have completed training. The Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Center for Aging and Health are piloting this ground-breaking program to improve care for patients with dementia.