American Geriatrics Society

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American Geriatrics Society



An association of health care professionals interested in the problems of older adults. It encourages the study of geriatrics and stresses the importance of medical research in the field of aging.
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American Geriatrics Society (AGS) & British Geriatrics Society (BGS).
These include depression, sleep problems, less exercise and an unhealthy diet, says Peter Vitaliano, a psychologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, writing in the same issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. All of these factors may influence dementia risk, he notes.
The American Geriatrics Society has two mechanisms already in place to help identify, educate, and cultivate future scientific and clinical leaders: the Dennis W.
Volandes, who received a new investigator award for his work by the American Geriatrics Society, disclosed no conflicts of interest for himself or his associates.
A study in the November Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds that although greater doses of supplemental testosterone increased muscle mass and leg strength, they did not lead to improved physical function in older men.
Higher blood levels of the "good" HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) correlate with better functional performance of the leg in older, non-disabled individuals, according to a report in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "The importance of HDL-C might not be limited to cardiovascular disease," Dr.
Marie Villa of the American Geriatrics Society answers some "frequently asked questions" about volunteering:
Centrally active ACE inhibitors such as captropil (Capoten) and fosinopril (Monopril), used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure, are associated with slower rates of cognitive decline among the elderly compared to other blood pressure medications such as benazepril (Lotensin) and enalapril (Vasotec), according to research presented at the May conference of the American Geriatrics Society. Because centrally active ACE inhibitors cross the blood-brain barrier, the membrane that protects the brain from chemicals in the blood, it is thought that they help fight dementia by reducing inflammation in the brain and decreasing oxidative stress, which is cell death caused by free radicals in the body.
Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older adults, according to a new study published in print this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. This National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study is the first rigorous clinical trial to suggest that a behavioral intervention, alone or in combination with a vaccine, can help protect older adults from VZV, which causes both chickenpox and shingles.
Jan Collins [class scribe] is the winner of the annual Aging Awareness Media Award from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) for "top-notch reporting on an innovative program [at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine] designed to improve the care of older adults by matching medical students with older adult mentors." The article appeared in the January 4, 2004, issue of Parade magazine.
New York -- Hospitalization may be a factor in suicidal tendencies in older people, according to a report in the May issue of Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Medical healthcare staff would play an important role in helping to identify those at risk".
Many women aged 50 years and older lack appropriate knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention, according to findings published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Nearly two-thirds of women incorrectly identified kissing as a mode of HIV transmission, 76% overestimated oral sex as a mode of HIV transmission, and only 13% identified condoms as effective in preventing HIV.

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