Today, PGY-2 and RACE track star Alex Cours presented a case of a 66 year old woman with concerns for memory impairment. We took a thorough history, finding out she had a history of depression on two antidepressants, extensive supplement use, and regular marijuana use. We reviewed a diagnostic schema for memory impairment, discussed various screening tools for dementia, and diagnostic work-up and definition of dementia.
- Not all memory impairment means dementia, or even mild cognitive impairment! Keep a wide differential to consider organic causes of memory impairment. Remember the three “D”s: delirium, dementia, and depression.
- Screening tools such as the mini-cog and MOCA may be positive when abnormal but are NOT diagnostic of dementia
- Screening should only be considered in those with “red flags” or concerns expressed either by individual or family
UCSD IM Faculty members and educators extraordinaire, Dr. Darcy Wooten (Infectious Diseases and Global Health) and Dr. Alison Moore (Geriatrics) were honored tonight at the 2nd Annual Faculty Excellence in Mentoring celebration! Congratulations!!!!
Our Chief Resident Grand Rounds series continued with two of our Geriatrics-fellowship bound (luckily for us, both at UCSD) chiefs Dr. Jean Guan & Dr. Shannon Devlin! Jean Guan – Aging in Place Why does this matter? Preventing a sense of loss of home and community as people age. Where is “home and community” for our older adults? Some are physical locations like senior apartments or retirement communities, but others are important services that allow patients to age-in-place (home health, adult day care, etc). Home and community can also be people! The average adult moves 3 times in the last 3 years of their life. Has important impacts on sense of community, can be tied to depression, increased financial burden and loss of personal possessions which can have an emotional impact. Those that live at home through the end of their life, has less acute hospitalizations and better control over chronic diseases. 79% of adults say they’d prefer to stay at home,
read more Grand Rounds – Geriatrics Chiefs Jean Guan & Shannon Devlin!
Chief Residents Shannon Devlin and Jean Guan took 2nd place for their poster on “Impact of Geriatric Curriculum Changes on Internal Medicine Residents” at AGS in Portland last week! Yup, they studied YOU! Hooray future geriatricians of America! Our future health is in your capable hands!!
Today, we learned about dementia, how to disclose the diagnosis, and the challenges around this disease. This is HIGH YIELD stuff. Dementia is like the last frontier, where clinical acumen is necessary. We do not have one test that gives a slam dunk diagnosis. To start if you are thinking about dementia, you need to consider depression and delirium. According to Dr. Sladek, these are the three a”D”go’s! You also should think about the reversible causes. Reversible causes make up <1% of dementia but you can save someone’s life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, but there are other types of dementia you need to know. Check out this list:
Friday school this week was the last session of our ultrasound curriculum for the academic year! HUGE shout-out to our amazing chief residents, Dr. Kevin Eng and Dr. Jack Temple, for putting together a phenomenal curriculum! Also thank you to Dr. Dan Sweeney and all of the other faculty and fellows for helping to facilitate all the sessions! The residents also had another journal fight club today. This week’s topic was the use of antipsychotics for the treatment of ICU delirium. We had great article presentations by Drs. Justin Chen, Jeremy Kong, Carlos Lago-Hernandez, and Karen Yun, followed by a lively debate between Drs. Jeremy Hirst and Bob Owens (co-author of the Mind-USA trial)!! Here are the articles we discussed: Quetiapine ICU Delirium CritCareMed 2010 Quetiapine vs Haloperidol Drug Design 2013 HOPE-ICU JAMA 2013 MIND-USA NEJM 2018 Our winner this time was Dr. Bob Owens – his award is that he gets to be Brad Pitt on the Journal Fight
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Defining the Problem: Elder abuse is difficult to define some terms commonly used include: 1) abuse – infliction of pain or mental anguish, 2) neglect – withholding food, medicines or care, 3) exploitation – improper control of finances or property, 4) restricted freedom or autonomy. It happens very commonly: Epidemiologic studies from New York show that 141 of 1,000 of older New Yorkers have experienced an elder abuse event since turning age 60. Gender is not a risk factor, nor is advanced age. ADL and cognitive impairment are risk factors, as it prevents victims from being able to report. Verified self-neglect or elder mistreatment is shown to be an independent risk factor for death (adjusted for age, and other comorbidities). Who are the abusers? Abusers can include: adult children, spouses, grandchildren, other relatives, paid or informal care providers, often dependent on victim for housing/finances. Forensic Geriatrics/Elder Abuse: Studies of normal bruising vs traumatic bruising have shown that patients undergoing abuse tend to bruise more
read more Grand Rounds – Dr. Mark Lachs – Elder Abuse
Today our residents and interns had the opportunity to practice revealing a diagnosis of dementia and their goals of care conversations with standardized patients in our professional development center. Thank you to all of our geriatrics, palliative care, primary care, and pulmonary critical care faculty who helped to facilitate the session! You can find the original article outlining the SPIKES framework to help with patient conversations here. Our residents also got a chance to learn and practice tai chi (outside, so they got some vitamin D also!) with tai chi master, Dr. Jesse Tsao. Remember this has been shown to decrease fall risk and chronic pain! They finished off the afternoon with a session on billing & coding with Dr. Deanna Hill – with a game created by our very own Dr. Joe Meserve!
We continued our geriatrics/general internal medicine Friday school block this week! We started with back-to-back sessions by our AMAZING geriatrician and associate program director, Dr. EB Sladek about healthcare maintenance in the geriatric population and a polypharmacy game. Remember “Bed-to-Bacon” for the activities of daily living! If you can get out of bed (transferring), wash up ( bathing/showering and personal hygiene), get dressed (dressing), and get to the kitchen (functional mobility) to eat bacon (self-feeding, you don’t have to cook it!), you’re able to complete your basic ADL’s! An important geriatric mantra is “fix the can’ts” (ie: can’t read, afford, open, remember, or swallow medications). Even if a patient wants to take the medications they are supposed to, they aren’t able to if they can’t! The interns joined us for sessions about dementia with Dr. Ellen Lee (amazing geriatric psychiatrist) and advanced communication with Chris Onderdonk (invaluable palliative care clinical social worker). Get excited to put these communication skills to
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Today at the VA, we reviewed cognitive impairment and some of its causes with Dr. Huege, UCSD psychiatrist! We started with a case of a 74 yo man presenting with memory complaints (names, dates, directions) and a MOCA of 27/30. His IADLs and ADLs were unaffected. At this point, he was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment; however, he was referred to neuro-psych testing for full evaluation. The patient never had this completed. A year later he was hospitalized after a suicide attempt with recent history of depression, agitation, and delusions about his neighbor and guns. He was started on risperidone and zoloft. At this time, his memory impairment was “stable.” He was diagnosed with MCI with depression with psychosis. On follow up, he was noted to have improved depression but worsening cognition with a MOCA now of 20/30. Physical exam revealed bradykinesia and cogwheel rigidity. He was sent back for neuro-psych testing, which reveled a diagnosis of dementia, suspected to
read more VA AM Report: Lewy Body Dementia