UAB Insight Geriatrics Volume - 5

N OT E WO RT H Y E V E N T Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging 21st Annual Scientific Symposium. Keynote address by Bradley Willcox, MD, MSc, professor and director of research, the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, October 18, 2013. PAID JNWB 412 • 500 22nd Street South 1720 2ND ave s birmingham al 35294-0104 Permit No. 1256 Birmingham, AL VOL. 5 NO. 9 Geriatrics INSIGHT Published by the UAB Health System, 500 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 ©2014 by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Second class postage paid by UAB Bulk Mail Dept. Postmaster address changes to: UAB Insight, 500 22nd Street South, Suite 410, 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294 T h e U ni v e r sit y o f A l a ba m a at Bi r m ingha m Geriatrics Mobility for Health and Longevity Geriatrics INSIGHT For more information on UAB’s Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care visit: uab.edu/medicine/geriatrics U A B M ed i c i ne R esour c es The questions for physicians to ask their senior patients: Does your physical condition make it hard for you to climb 10 steps or walk a quarter-mile? Have you modified how you accomplish these tasks? UAB Review in JAMA: Mobility Seen as Barometer for Healthy Aging in Senior Years i ssue h i gh l i ghts M D Learn i ng Channe l For CME-accredited presentations and web-based learning, visit learnmd.uabmedicine.org. P hys i c i an H Q UAB Medicine online headquarters provides information on referrals, digital UAB Insight editions, news and updates, and more. Visit uabmedicine.org/physician. UA B M I ST MIST provides 24-hour consultation and referral services to physicians. Seniors’ Mobility Could Be Barometer for Healthy Aging Mobility limitations could be a litmus test for healthy series, Care of the Aging Patient (September 18, 2013). “We confirmed that increased physical activity and Dancing With Silver Stars Event Funds Three Pilot Projects on Aging Publications of Note 2 aging, and primary care physicians should take a more aggressive role in evaluating older patients’ ability to move exercise are extremely important for healthy aging,” New Faculty 2 about. says Brown. “We have also identified mobility-limiting BASiC Toolkit Improves Veterans’ Bladder, Bowel Issues UAB Medicine News 3 Measures of Success 3 at the invitation of the Journal of the American Medical Noteworthy Event 4 The authors, Cynthia Brown, MD, MSPH, and Kellie UAB Makes Presence Known at 2013 GSA Meeting That’s the take-home suggestion from UAB geriatricians risk factors and created an approach to help medical who produced a clinical review of pertinent academic papers professionals screen for and treat those risk factors.” Association. Mobility limitations often are an early sign of functional decline in seniors and are the edge of a slippery slope that leads to loss of function and quickly to an across-the-board Flood, MD, examined papers published between 1985 and decline in daily-living and other activities. Brown says, 2012. The review was included in the journal’s continuing “Early recognition of an increase in these limitations gives Contact MIST by calling 800.822.MIST (6478). continued on page 2