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
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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
UNC’s Center for Aging and Health has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide geriatrics training statewide through the Carolina Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP). Read more
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
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
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
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.