Black Elders Show Greater Posttraumatic Growth During COVID-19 Than White Elders

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Patrizia Vannini, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, and colleagues conducted the first study of posttraumatic growth and other mental health factors related to COVID-19 among older adults. They describe how the pandemic affected Black and white older adults differently and name ways to foster posttraumatic growth.


New Epigenetic Clock Can Profile the Biological Age of Single Cells

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The Brigham’s Vadim N. Gladyshev, PhD, and colleagues have developed an epigenetic clock that allows predictions of biological age at the single-cell level, pointing to a new direction of aging research with applications for somatic, germline and cancer cells.


Frailty Status Predicts Mortality After In-hospital CPR

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Ariela Orkaby MD, MPH, of the Brigham’s Division of Aging, and colleagues report that increased frailty status as rated on the Clinical Frailty Scale is associated with increased mortality in older adults after in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


Adapted Frailty Index Feasible for Use by Geriatricians Across Multiple Clinical Services

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Lisa Cooper, MD, and Houman Javedan, MD, of the Division of Aging at the Brigham, and colleagues have adapted the comprehensive geriatric assessment (FI-CGA) tool to be feasible for use by geriatricians to communicate complex geriatric concepts with multiple other clinics at the Brigham that care for older adults.


Polypharmacy in Older Adults Not Associated with Post-Thoracic Surgery Complications

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A retrospective study at the Brigham, led by Lisa Cooper, MD, and Laura N. Frain, MD, MPH, found that polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate medications, and frailty were not associated with complications after surgery for thoracic malignancies, but frailty was associated with increased length of hospital stay.


Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Successfully Adapted to Telehealth

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The COVID-19 pandemic had prompted a 130-fold increase in telehealth visits by U.S. Medicare recipients. The Division of Aging at the Brigham was part of that surge, adapting the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to be suitable for telephone and video visits.


A Nuanced Way to Measure Delirium Severity

While clinicians have several tools at their disposal to determine whether patients are delirious, researchers at the Brigham are going a step further by focusing on the severity of delirium. Geriatrician Tammy T. Hshieh, MD, MPH, discusses a more nuanced delirium rating tool featured in a recently published study.


Lessons Learned From Adapting the CGA for Telehealth

People using tablet at homeThe COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rapid shift to telemedicine across health care. Among the many challenges this new reality has created for geriatricians is how to adapt the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to a virtual delivery format.

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Does Long-Term Regular Aspirin Use Prevent Frailty?

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It is well-established that chronic inflammation may lead to frailty. Less understood is the potential of anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin to prevent this state of increased vulnerability.

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Creating a Framework to Triage Geriatric COVID Patients

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths in the United States have been in adults 65 years and older. As such, the novel coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on geriatric care.

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