University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Editorial Archives
November/December 2007  •  Volume 3, Number 6
From the Editor
Assisting Better Communication (PDF, 3 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 7
Feature Articles
The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals (PDF, 5 pages)
One of the appealing approaches to creating a safe community is the adoption of The Joint Commission’s (formerly JCAHO) 2008 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) that may help you prove that your community is safer than the
Nancy L. Losben, RpH, CCP, FASCP, CG  •  p. 12
Use It or Lose It: Part I Brain Fitness (PDF, 3 pages)
Brain fitness programs and games like Scrabble and bridge enable elders to regain rusty cognitive
skills while also enhancing socialization. The effects may be to help stave off dementia.
Georgene Lahm  •  p. 18
Montessori Techniques: Not Just Child's Play (PDF, 4 pages)
Advances in the field of elder caregiving have upended the dated theory of an activity director providing group recreational activities for stimulation and socialization. Advances in caregiving are rooted in person-centered care—everyone requires a focus on their individual needs and interests, and a one-size-fitsall approach is custodial at best.
Karen Love  •  p. 21
Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Hip Fracture (PDF, 25 pages)
The prognosis for older adults after a hip fracture is grim. More than 28% die within the first year, and 50% lose the ability to walk independently. Review strategies to help prevent falls and osteoporosis and to encourage elders to exercise.
Mimi Jacobs, PT, OCS and Jaime Bellace, PT, GCS  •  p. 25
Re-able Us to Use Our Abilities
(PDF, 2 pages)
With his usual insight, Dr. Taylor urges readers to rethink, reorganize, refocus, and rename respite care, while reminding us that “Too little attention has and is paid to determining what constitutes excellent respite care. We need to be more than just entertained. We need to be challenged to be all we can be.”
Richard Taylor, PhD   •  p. 31
Letters  •   p. 9
Case Study
ACE Card: Attempting to Stop Medications for Seniors
  •   p. 10
Clinical Practice Guidelines  •  p. 11
The Interdisciplinary Team  •  p. 28
Suggested Resources  •  p. 30
Facts and Quick Stats  •  p. 32
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