Elaine J Amella

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All cultures dictate the need to feed the hungry and create rituals for almost every life passage around the consumption of food and beverage. Yet, in old age and among those who cannot advocate for themselves, mealtime is medicalized and demoted to an insignificant event without dignity or regard for individualized needs. Attention must be paid to not only(More)
The development and clinical trial of a 5-session behavioral intervention for complicated bereavement (CB) is presented. We conceptualized CB in terms of Major Depression (MDD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and consequently applied treatment components of Behavioral Activation and Therapeutic Exposure (BA-TE). In order to assure standardization(More)
BACKGROUND Weight loss and poor nutrition are important quality measures in long term care. Long term care professionals need to identify factors associated with weight loss and poor nutrition to target high-risk patients. METHODS The authors systematically searched Medline and CINAHL databases and included English language studies with more than 100(More)
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes are being placed with increasing frequency in the United States among elderly patients with dementia. Health care providers believe there may be long-term benefits for enteral feeding in this population, yet previous study of this topic has failed to yield any convincing evidence to support this hypothesis. In this(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To use the evolutionary method of concept analysis to identify attributes, antecedents and consequences of mealtime difficulties providing direction for assessment and management in older adults with dementia. BACKGROUND Mealtimes encompass more than the physical act of feeding a person with dementia. Social and contextual(More)
  • E J Amella
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • 1999
BACKGROUND Assessment of and interventions for promoting eating in persons with late-stage dementia have primarily focused on facilitation of safe feeding and methods to promote ingestion of nutrients via several routes. Using Social Exchange Theory, this study examined how the quality of the interaction between care giver and care receiver influenced the(More)
Persons with various forms of dementia suffer from a progressive disease in which memory and the ability to function independently are lost. During moderate to late-stage dementia, individuals experience increased difficulty with eating and require more feeding assistance. Clinicians working with this population must acknowledge the multifactorial aspects(More)
Heart failure is a high prevalence, high burden disease with an unpredictable trajectory. Given that approximately 50% of persons with the diagnosis die within 5 years, the implications for communication about advance planning and end of life, although simultaneously providing hope and treatment, are extremely challenging. This article reports on a(More)
A cross-sectional study design was used to document perception of pressure ulcer pain in 132 patients in an acute care setting. Subjects were evaluated by means of the Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination, Beck's Depression Inventory, the Faces Pain Rating Scale, and the Visual Analog Scale for pain intensity. Charts were reviewed for demographic data and(More)
Both physiologic and psychosocial changes affect the nutritional status of adults over the age of 65. Malnutrition is, in fact, a greater threat to this population than obesity. This article reviews the intake requirements of older adults and discusses the risk factors that can lead to malnutrition, including diet, limited income, isolation, chronic(More)