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The fear of Alzheimer's disease for both patients and families is growing along with the increasing evidence of the disease itself. This study (N = 312) of the validity of the clock drawing test in screening patients with probable Alzheimer's disease was conducted in an active outpatient geriatric clinic. Clock drawings by patients with normal mental status(More)
During an 11-month period, 70 tube-fed patients aged 65 to 95 years were studied prospectively to determine the indications, benefits, and complications of enteral alimentation. Indications for alimentation were refusal to swallow (35 patients [50%], dysphagia without obstruction (33 [47%]), and esophageal obstruction (two [3%]). Nasogastric tubes (NGTs)(More)
The use of oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents for the prevention of strokes in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation is controversial. Recent studies suggest that warfarin and aspirin can be safe and effective in selected patients. To determine attitudes toward this subject, we sent a questionnaire to 480 attending physicians at two major(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine normal body temperature with an infrared emission detection ear thermometer. DESIGN Cross-sectional convenience sample. SETTING Four acute and long-term health care facilities. PARTICIPANTS Subjects who denied recent potentially febrile illness and ingestion of medications affecting normal body temperature. RESULTS Two(More)
Anemia is a frequent problem among older persons, the prevalence of which may be particularly high in skilled-nursing facilities but recent data in this regard is lacking. The purpose of this study was to define the prevalence of anemia and its association with hospitalization in skilled-nursing home residents. We retrospectively reviewed randomly selected(More)
Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 2 million elderly in the U.S. and challenges primary care physicians to assist caregivers in dealing with the daily management of these patients. To support the clinical observation of weight loss in Alzheimer patients despite adequate food intake, we reviewed the existing literature. To date, eight international(More)
Physiologic responses of 30 enterally-fed long-term care residents with type 2 diabetes receiving total nutrition support via either a disease-specific (reduced-carbohydrate, modified-fat) formula or a standard high-carbohydrate formula for 3 mo were compared. Objectives of the study included evaluating metabolic response (glycemic control and lipids) and(More)
In response to the challenge posed by falls in the elderly, the Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care established a Falls Clinic. The coordinated expertise of a geriatrician, neurologist, cardiologist, and physiatrist were combined with resources in audiology, ophthalmology, and podiatry. Thirty-six patients enrolled in the study had sustained a total of 36(More)