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IU and Regenstrief studying decreasing dementia after delirium for older ICU survivors

INDIANAPOLIS – Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute are developing and testing the nation's first program to deliver via telemedicine specially designed cognitive training and physical exercise programs to the homes of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 5, 2017

Study compares hospice care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patient homes

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to hospice services provided...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 23, 2017

IU Center for Aging Research develops novel ICU delirium severity assessment tool

INDIANAPOLIS -- Millions of intensive care unit patients in the United States experience delirium, an acute brain failure resulting in confusion and long-term memory problems. Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research have developed and validated...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 14, 2017

Expanding throughout Indiana, OPTIMISTIC study tests new CMS payment model

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University's OPTIMISTIC study has added an additional 25 facilities across Indiana as it expands its efforts to improve the health and health care of long-term nursing home residents. Over the next four years, the 19 central Indiana...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 26, 2017

Pocket guide published to help rapidly meet mental health needs of older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly 20 percent of older Americans experience depression and the highest rate of suicide is among older adult Caucasian males. Despite the anticipated growth of mental health needs as the U.S. population ages, there is only...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 16, 2017

Older adults with obesity less responsive to memory training than those with lower BMIs

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first study to compare the results of cognitive training by body mass index (BMI) category, scientists from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research found that memory training provided only one-third the benefit to older...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 10, 2017

Commonly used drugs lead to more doctor’s office, hospital and emergency department visits

INDIANAPOLIS -- Anticholinergic medications, a class of drugs commonly used by older adults, are linked to an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the United States, according to a study of community-dwelling Americans age 65 and...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 20, 2016

Ensuring medical care is consistent with patient goals

INDIANAPOLIS – It can be challenging to determine whether the medical care provided in a hospital or nursing home is consistent with the preferences of the patient and family as indicated in the patient's advance planning documents.Currently nearly...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 14, 2016

Study to examine use, understanding of advance care preferences in nursing homes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS -- Do nursing homes routinely record the treatment preferences of long-term residents when it comes to questions such as whether they want cardiopulmonary resuscitation if their heart and breathing stop? Do residents fully understand the...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 11, 2016

New low cost workforce is effective in decreasing depression burden in primary care

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel brain-focused population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults, lowered depression severity by more than 50 percent over six months according to a new study from...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 3, 2016

OPTIMISTIC study: Advance care planning in nursing homes challenging but critical

INDIANAPOLIS -- The goal of advance care planning is to ensure that the health care an individual receives is consistent with his or her values and preferences. New research shows the critical need for advance care planning and...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 1, 2016

New tool measures hospital communication experiences of inpatient families

INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 13 million older adults are admitted to hospitals annually in the United States. Nearly a quarter need to have all decisions made for them by a family member, and almost half need help from family...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 26, 2016

Trained nurse practitioners can improve elderly care in hospital-nursing home transfers

INDIANAPOLIS – Transfers of nursing home residents to and from the hospital frequently expose these frail, older adults to medication errors and poor follow-up care resulting in near or serious harm to one in four nationwide.Research conducted as...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 24, 2016

IU and Regenstrief’s OPTIMISTIC named one of 20 top geriatric studies of 21st century

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS -- The OPTIMISTIC study, an innovative program developed and implemented by clinician-researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of long stay nursing home residents has...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 8, 2016

Study explores impact of early dementia screening of older adults on their family members

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new grant to the Indiana University Center for Aging Research from the National Institute on Aging funds the first study to assess the potential benefits and harms to family members of early dementia screening of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 23, 2016

Young African-American adults are less susceptible to delirium in ICU than Caucasians

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first study to evaluate the relationship between race and intensive care unit delirium has found that African-American ICU patients age 18 to 50 are less susceptible to delirium than similarly aged Caucasians or than either African-American or...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 14, 2016

Researchers identify genes linked to the effects of mood and stress on longevity

INDIANAPOLIS -- The visible impacts of depression and stress that can be seen in a person's face -- and contribute to shorter lives -- can also be found in alterations in genetic activity, according to newly published research....

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 24, 2016

Study finds hospice use does not increase long stay nursing home decedents’ care costs

INDIANAPOLIS -- Use of hospice services does not increase care costs in the last six months of life for long-stay nursing homes residents according to an analysis conducted by researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 5, 2016

Half of long-stay nursing home residents go to hospital ED regardless of cognitive status

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found that almost half of all long-stay nursing home residents experience at least one transfer to an Emergency Department over...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 19, 2016

New low-cost workforce extends primary care to homes of older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new study from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute has found that person-centered dementia care, which involves both patients and their caregivers, can be effectively provided by an engaged low-cost workforce...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 7, 2016

The right stuff? Hospital readmission penalties approaching for nursing home patients

INDIANAPOLIS -- A significant number of older adults are not ready to go home when they leave the hospital. About one-fifth are discharged to one of the nation's 15,000 skilled nursing facilities for rehabilitative care. With new federal legislation...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 31, 2016

Improving care for nursing home residents: CMS ups support of OPTIMISTIC to $30.3 million

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the announcement of an additional $16.9 million for a total of more than $30 million of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funding since 2012, Indiana University's OPTIMISTIC project commences the second phase of an innovative endeavor with...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 28, 2016

$2 million dollar gift to fund endowed chair in geriatric medicine at IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A $2 million gift from the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Foundation will allow the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville to recruit an expert in geriatric medicine. This professor will work with others at the school of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 27, 2016

Researchers see promising results in treating age-related decline in muscle mass and power

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS -- A proof-of-concept, phase 2 trial by an international research team has found promising results for a myostatin antibody in treating the decline in muscle mass and power associated with aging."Myostatin is a natural protein...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 21, 2015

$4 million grant funds Brain Safety Lab focused on brain health of older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brain health is critical to successful aging. A new four-year $4 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the Indiana University Center for Aging Research funds the establishment of the Brain Health Patient...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 17, 2015

Regenstrief, IU study: Seniors with dementia make more emergency department visits

INDIANAPOLIS -- Older adults with dementia are more frequent visitors to emergency departments, returning at higher rates and incurring greater costs than older adults without dementia, according to a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 12, 2015

IU nursing professor receives $2.2M national award to evaluate end-of-life treatment planning tool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS -- The National Institute of Nursing Research has awarded $2.2 million to an IU School of Nursing professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to evaluate the use in Indiana nursing homes of a new advance-care planning...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 12, 2015

Population health: Statewide study finds decreasing rates of osteoporosis treatment

INDIANAPOLIS -- A statewide study has found that from 2005 to 2012, fewer than a quarter of men and women with documentation of osteoporosis or fragility fracture, conditions for which national guidelines would recommend treatment for osteoporosis, actually received that...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 14, 2015

IU medical, nursing and social work schools collaborate to win elder care initiative grant

INDIANAPOLIS -- Better health care for older adults and better training for those who care for them are the goals of a new Indiana University initiative for which clinicians and educators recently received a three-year award of nearly $2.6...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 6, 2015

Study: Number of new cases of dementia decreasing for African-Americans but not Africans

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute study is the first to report significantly decreased incidence rates over two decades for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in African-Americans. The study is also the first to show that...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 4, 2015

Study identifies challenges of delirium detection in older adults in the emergency department

INDIANAPOLIS -- An estimated one to two million older adults with delirium visit hospital emergency departments in the United States annually. Yet about two-thirds of the cases of this sudden and potentially lethal change in mental status are...

By: IU School of Medicine On: July 23, 2015

IU Center for Aging Research eMR-ABC software improving brain care throughout Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Older Indiana adults with dementia or depression will be among the best cared for elders in the nation beginning this month with the statewide roll-out of a unique automated decision-support system that enables their care coordinators...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 7, 2015

Study: Majority of older adults willing to be screened by telephone for dementia

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly two-thirds of older adults were willing to undergo telephone screening for dementia, according to a new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Willingness to be screened by phone...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 1, 2015

New grant supports care model targeting unnecessary hospitalizations of older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- Approximately 1.4 million older adults in America live in nursing homes. A new grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation will enable clinician-researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute and their...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 23, 2015

Editorial issues a call to action for end-of-life care of older adults in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS -- End-of-life care for nursing home residents has long been associated with poor symptom control and low family satisfaction. With more than one in four older Americans dying in a nursing home -- including 70 percent of Americans...

By: IU School of Medicine On: February 19, 2015

OPTIMISTIC: New care model to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of frail older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new study from Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute researcher-clinicians reports on the first year of the implementation of OPTIMISTIC, an innovative program they developed and implemented to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing facility residents.Their...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 8, 2015

Patient self-reporting version of ‘blood pressure cuff’ for dementia is reliable and valid

INDIANAPOLIS -- The patient self-reporting version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor -- a primary-care tool to measure cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms -- is user-friendly, reliable and valid, including being sensitive to symptom change, according to...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 29, 2014

IU and Regenstrief GRACE study selected as landmark article in care of older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- The seminal 2007 GRACE study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has been identified as one of 27 studies conducted over the past quarter century that have helped shape the practice of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 15, 2014

Study assesses hospice use in and out of nursing homes and by patients in transition

INDIANAPOLIS -- As hospice for nursing home patients grows dramatically, a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research compares the characteristics of hospice patients in nursing homes with hospice patients living...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 9, 2014

Regenstrief and IU study: Wake Up and Breathe program benefits ICU patients

INDIANAPOLIS -- Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research report that waking intensive care unit patients and having them breathe on their own decreased both sedation levels and coma prevalence. The Wake...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 2, 2014

Improving seniors’ mental function is goal of NIH grant to IU School of Medicine researchers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate the advantages of physical exercise, cognitive exercise or a combination of both on the aging brain.The initial...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 12, 2014

JAMA Internal Medicine commentary: ‘Improving Prescribing for Patients Late in Life’

INDIANAPOLIS -- Older adults are typically prescribed a large number of medications, often including drugs that should not be taken by individuals late in life. In a commentary published online by JAMA Internal Medicine on September 8, Regenstrief Institute...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 8, 2014

Care facility choice after hospital discharge about more than location, location, location

INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty-first-century patients typically don't stay in the hospital until they are completely well or totally healed. As hospitalization durations decrease, a significant number of older patients -- about one in five -- are discharged to skilled...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 13, 2014

Researcher at IUPUI develops workout program to help keep older adults in their homes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEINDIANAPOLIS -- There is no place like home. Just ask the nearly 90 percent of older adults who wish to live in their current home for as long as they can. However, this wish may be compromised...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 30, 2014

Dementia diagnosis twice as likely if older adult has schizophrenia; cancer less likely

INDIANAPOLIS -- Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research who followed over 30,000 older adults for a decade have found the rate of dementia diagnosis for patients with schizophrenia to be twice as...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 5, 2014

Back to basics: Redesigning systems of care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease

INDIANAPOLIS -- The number of older adults with dementia in the United States is forecast to more than double over the next 40 years. Caring for these individuals will have a significant impact on caregivers as well as the...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 8, 2014

Innovative, coordinated brain care could save billions of health care dollars

INDIANAPOLIS -- Studies have shown that a new patient and caregiver centered model of innovative, coordinated brain care for older adults improves health outcomes and quality of care for those with cognitive impairment. A new study from the...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 8, 2014

Alexia Torke named associate director of Indiana University Center for Aging Research

INDIANAPOLIS -- Alexia Torke, M.D., M.S., has been named associate director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.Dr. Torke is a Regenstrief Institute investigator, an associate professor of medicine at the IU School of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 10, 2014

On ‘Sound Medicine’: Nursing home quality of life, hospice care, and palliative care for children

INDIANAPOLIS -- "Sound Medicine" announces its program for March 9, including segments about palliative care, consoling grieving parents, and preventing infertility in cancer patients.How can nursing homes improve quality of life for its residents? A new study conducted...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 6, 2014

Regenstrief, IU study: Half of hospitalized adults over 65 need surrogate decision-makers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly half of hospitalized American adults age 65 and older require decision-making assistance from family members or other surrogates because the patient is too impaired to make decisions independently, according to a new study from the Regenstrief...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 22, 2014

Regenstrief and IU review finds lack of delirium screening in the emergency department

INDIANAPOLIS -- Delirium in older patients in an emergency room setting can foretell other health issues. But according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the condition is frequently overlooked because of a lack...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 14, 2014

Benefits of cognitive training can last 10 years in older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- Exercises meant to boost mental sharpness can benefit older adults as many as 10 years after they received the cognitive training, researchers said Monday.In a study published online by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, ...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 13, 2014

Regenstrief and IU investigators identify first biomarker linked to delirium duration

INDIANAPOLIS -- Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research have identified the first biomarker that appears to be linked to the duration of delirium. This novel role for S100ß as a biomarker...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 16, 2013

Study: Odds of rehospitalization of cognitively impaired varies by discharge destination

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cognitively impaired older adults released from the hospital are less likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days if they go to a nursing home than if they return to their own home or the home of a...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 19, 2013

Regenstrief and IU study: Older adults with severe mental illness challenge health care system

INDIANAPOLIS – Although older adults with serious mental illness didn’t have more recorded physical illness and had fewer outpatient visits to primary care physicians, they made more medical emergency department visits and had considerably longer medical hospitalizations than...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 14, 2013

IU, Regenstrief initiative aims to decrease hospitalization of nursing home residents

INDIANAPOLIS – The OPTIMISTIC study, an innovative initiative developed by research-clinicians from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute to improve health care, reduce avoidable hospitalizations and increase access to palliative care, is now underway in 19 nursing facilities throughout Central...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 24, 2013

Analysis: Provider-initiated solutions improve quality of care in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that nursing home care improves in critical areas -- including falls, quality of life and rehospitalizations -- when state...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 10, 2013

Study: Making medical decisions for a cognitively impaired family member is complicated

INDIANAPOLIS -- Decision-making by a surrogate for a family member who is unable to make medical decisions is more complicated than decision-making by patients themselves, according to a study from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 15, 2013

Regenstrief, IU study: Caregivers open to stopping cancer screening as dementia progresses

INDIANAPOLIS -- Research from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that many family caregivers of older adults with dementia are willing to consider stopping cancer screening of the elderly individual; they...

By: IU School of Medicine On: July 19, 2013

Review: Composition of care team critical to improved outcomes for nursing home patients

INDIANAPOLIS -- An interdisciplinary team that actively involves a nursing home patient’s own physician plus a pharmacist has substantially better odds of improving the quality of nursing home care, according to a new systemic review of studies...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 20, 2013

Study: Using anticholinergics for as few as 60 days causes memory problems in older adults

INDIANAPOLIS -- Research from the Regenstrief Institute, the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Wishard-Eskenazi Health on medications commonly taken by older adults has found that drugs with strong anticholinergic effects cause cognitive impairment when taken continuously...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 7, 2013

IU & Regenstrief conducting nation’s first randomized controlled dementia screening trial

INDIANAPOLIS -- Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute are conducting the nation’s first randomized controlled dementia screening trial to weigh the benefits and risks of routine screening for dementia. The...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 4, 2013

Study: Dynamic new software improves care of aging brain

INDIANAPOLIS -- Innovative medical records software developed by geriatricians and informaticians from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research will provide more personalized health care for older adult patients, a population at significant risk...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 14, 2013

Regenstrief and IU study investigates older adults’ views on cancer screenings

INDIANAPOLIS -- A study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that many older adults are hesitant to halt cancer screenings even when the screenings may no longer be beneficial or...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 11, 2013

On ‘Sound Medicine’: Health care success stories, and a career retrospective with George Sledge

How can we reduce hospitalizations in nursing home patients? Recent studies have established that half of all hospitalizations of nursing home patients could be avoided with better care. Kathleen Unroe, M.D., and Greg Sachs, M.D., are...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 19, 2012

On ‘Sound Medicine’: Naming drugs, combating ‘chemo brain,’ and the rise in knee replacements

“Sound Medicine” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates...

By: IU School of Medicine On: December 4, 2012

On ‘Sound Medicine’: Rare diseases and social media; medication noncompliance; and ‘Curious Behavior’

How do traditional and social media converge to help those with rare diseases? In a field piece by Mary E. Harris, the story of Jeneva Stone and her son Robert, who suffers from a previously unidentified genetic disease,...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 15, 2012

IU and Regenstrief to collaborate with 19 Indiana nursing facilities to improve care

The IU and Regenstrief clinician-researchers have created  “OPTIMISTIC” -- “Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care” -- a comprehensive four-year initiative that will be targeted to 100-day or...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 11, 2012

Study provides roadmap for delirium risks, prevention, treatment, prognosis and research

“Delirium is extremely common among older adults in intensive care units and is not uncommon in other hospital units and in nursing homes, but too often it’s ignored or accepted as inevitable. Delirium significantly increases...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 18, 2012

On ‘Sound Medicine’: Medicare changes, spanking and mental health, and medically complex children

“Sound Medicine” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 23, 2012

Let’s talk: The nature of the health care surrogate-clinician relationship

The researchers report that in this era of fragmented care, families rarely get to know even the names of the many clinicians who care for their family members. Even a physician or nurse who was especially supportive or...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 8, 2012

Scientists mount genome research initiative to unlock Alzheimer’s genetic secrets

The new national initiative to research the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease, announced Monday, could have a dramatic impact on the development of treatments for the disease, said Indiana University School of Medicine researchers involved in the...

By: IU School of Medicine On: July 2, 2012

Study finds race has an impact on both enrollment and disenrollment in hospice care

The study also found that racial differences in hospice use persisted over time and that nonwhite patients who do enroll in hospice are more likely to disenroll than white patients.These findings are reported in “Racial Differences...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 25, 2012

Aging Brain Care model receives $7.8 million in CMS innovation funding

The CMS-supported expansion of the ABC model to Wishard’s 11 community health centers will be led by Regenstrief Institute investigator Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine.“The...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 21, 2012

Study: Willingness to be screened for dementia varies by age but not by sex, race or income

Almost 90 percent of the 554 people in the study, who ranged in age from 65 to 96, indicated their willingness by undergoing actual screening. The odds of refusal were higher for patients age 70 to 79 than for those age 65 to 69 or for...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 19, 2012

Glick Eye Institute physicians and researchers receive grants to aid vision discoveries

The researchers and their awards are: Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D., received $1,023,530 from the National Eye Institute to study congenital glaucoma with the hope of discovering new treatments for common forms of glaucoma.Brian Samuels, M.D.,...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 18, 2012

Study: Free, user-friendly ‘blood pressure cuff’ for dementia is reliable and valid

“The HABC Monitor is a 'blood pressure cuff' for dementia," said Regenstrief Institute investigator Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research. A geriatrician, Dr. Boustani...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 14, 2012

2012 Memory University begins June 7

This series is a unique program for both professionals and families to learn more about Alzheimer's disease from nationally known clinicians affiliated with the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. Participants will learn the most up-to-date information and will...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 5, 2012

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into practice

Extending the definition of a patient to include family members who enable cognitively impaired individuals to live in the community, physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff members work closely with both the older adult and family caregivers...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 31, 2012

Individuals With Dementia More Likely to Die at Home Than in Nursing Homes

“Transitions in Care for Older Adults With and Without Dementia” appears online in advance of publication in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Most individuals with dementia, even advanced dementia, die...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 14, 2012

Study: Alzheimer’s drug fails to reduce significant agitation

 Previous studies suggested memantine could help reduce agitation and improve cognitive functions such as memory. Led by the University of East Anglia in the U.K., the new research found that while memantine does improve cognitive functioning...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 2, 2012

Regenstrief extending successful aging brain care model globally

Through its ABC Program, the Senior Health Implementation Center will disseminate ABC tools including a how-to manual for clinicians, a dementia symptoms monitor and resource handbook for caregivers, as well as providing onsite training. The new center and...

By: IU School of Medicine On: May 2, 2012

Awards to five IU School of Medicine physicians address critical need for geriatricians

Award recipients from the IU School of Medicine are:Tochukwu Iloabuchi, M.D., advanced geriatrics fellow who will join IU faculty in July 2012.Todd James, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine.Michael LaMantia, M.D., MPH, assistant...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 27, 2012

Regenstrief and IU Conduct First Study of Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals

The study, conducted by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, screened 998 older adults for cognitive impairment within 48 hours of admission to the hospital. Approximately 40 percent were found to have cognitive impairment and were...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 19, 2012

Callahan Honored for Improving Health of Older Adults in Their Doctors’ Offices

Dr. Callahan, who studies the real-world challenges of caring for older adults, especially those with late-life mental health issues accompanying physical maladies, is being recognized for his contributions to clinical and translation science from early clinical use to...

By: IU School of Medicine On: April 12, 2012

Regenstrief Institute Investigator Recognized as a Top New Geriatrics Investigator

This recognition is presented to individuals whose original research reflects new and relevant work in geriatrics. The award will be presented at the AGS annual scientific meeting in Seattle in May.“Noll Campbell is a rising young...

By: IU School of Medicine On: March 26, 2012

Geriatrician from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Honored

Dr. Boustani is a geriatrician. He is associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research and medical director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard Health Services. He leads the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia and...

By: IU School of Medicine On: February 14, 2012

Drug Companies to Disclose Physician Payments — This Week on Sound Medicine

Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. New disclosure law for drug firms. The Food and Drug Administration&...

By: IU School of Medicine On: February 8, 2012

Nursing Home Scorecards Are Misleading — This Week on Sound Medicine

Sound Medicine airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. Evaluating nursing homes. Government agencies use a standardized rating system for...

By: IU School of Medicine On: January 11, 2012

Nursing Home Quality Scorecards Don’t Tell the Whole Score

Focusing on statistics from Minnesota, researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report on the inadequacy of quality of care indicators for nursing home residents with behavioral and psychological systems related to dementia in...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 21, 2011

Paving the Way for Better Prevention and Management of Delirium

The investigators conducted a systematic review of research on biomarkers linked to delirium and report that clinicians and researchers are not routinely using these chemical indicators found in the blood as tools to diagnose patients with delirium, to...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 17, 2011

Protecting Our Brains: Tackling Delirium

"Delirium: A Strategic Plan to Bring an Ancient Disease into the 21st Century," written on behalf of the American Delirium Society, appears in the Nov. 14, 2011, supplement to the Journal of the Geriatrics Society dedicated to delirium. Publication of...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 17, 2011

Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center Receives $9.1 Million from NIH to Continue Dementia Research

The grant will enable the Indiana center’s scientists and doctors to continue their work in state-of-the-art research aimed at developing better understanding of the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer disease and other dementias, said Bernardino...

By: IU School of Medicine On: November 1, 2011

Prostate Screening Controversy, This Week on Sound Medicine

Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Oct.23, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. Prostate cancer screening controversy. Recently, a U.S. government health panel...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 21, 2011

$8.4 Million Grant Supports Health Information Exchange and Research On Alzheimer’s Drugs

The grant simultaneously supports a groundbreaking comparative effectiveness research study using data from the INPC to compare the benefits and harms of three drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.Both the infrastructure expansion, already underway,...

By: IU School of Medicine On: October 10, 2011

Even Mild Cognitive Impairment Appears to Substantially Increase Risk for Death

According to a new, long-term study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University researchers, cognitive impairment, especially at the moderate to severe stages has an impact on life expectancy similar to chronic conditions such as diabetes or chronic heart...

By: IU School of Medicine On: September 6, 2011

Red Flags for Eye Disorders in the Elderly

The risk factors for eye disease are similar to those for all diseases, said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chair of the IU Department of Ophthalmology and Jay C. and Lucile L. Kahn Professor of Glaucoma Research and...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 23, 2011

New Compound May Accelerate Bone Healing, Prevent Osteoporosis

Hiroki Yokota, professor of biomedical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and adjunct professor of anatomy and cell biology at the IU School of Medicine, will investigate the effect of salubrinal -- a chemical compound originally developed...

By: IU School of Medicine On: August 17, 2011

Writing DNR Orders Takes Longer, Death More Likely When Surrogate Decision-Maker Involved

“Surrogate decision making is not just more challenging for everyone, it actually affects important care processes in the hospital—in this case, code orders,” said lead author Regenstrief Institute investigator Alexia Torke, M.D., assistant...

By: IU School of Medicine On: July 11, 2011

Common Drugs Linked to Cognitive Impairment and Possibly to Increased Risk of Death

The two-year study of the impact of these medications on 13,000 men and women aged 65 and older is part of the Medical Research Council (UK) Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS), a large UK-based longitudinal multi-center study initiative looking...

By: IU School of Medicine On: June 24, 2011

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