EDUCATION
Mar 09, 2021

Aging Brain Care Program at University of Utah Health

The Aging Brain Care Program (ABC) is an interdisciplinary program whose goal is to diagnose, evaluate and treat cognitive disorders. The clinic, which was opened in July of 2020, is run by Dr. Michelle Sorweid and other cognitive specialists at the U of U Health. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Feb 16, 2021

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - February 2021

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Holly Abel from the Division of Geriatrics. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Feb 04, 2021

Protecting Older Adults Against COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccinations now available to Utahns ages 70 and older, many people are wondering if it safe to get the vaccine. Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and how it affects older adults. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 20, 2021

Doctors Urge Utahns Age 70 And Older To Get COVID Vaccine As Soon As Possible

Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, and Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, are encouraging Utahns 70 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They reassure that while you may feel temporary symptoms after getting the vaccine you cannot get COVID-19 from the it. They also reiterate that the faster the vaccine can be distributed, the faster we can achieve herd immunity.... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 15, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults

Although we are all experiencing COVID fatigue, the Geriatrics Experts at the U of U Health explain the need to continue to stay vigilant and protect ourselves, particularly our older relatives by not gathering for the holidays. They suggested other ways to stay physically distanced but socially connected. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 01, 2020

Commentary: Utah Health Care Standards Protect the Elderly

Older adults are one of several groups that have felt discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic. This discrimination comes in part from guidelines that allow younger patients, who may not necessarily have a greater chance at survival, to be prioritized over older adults simply due to age. In Utah however, The Utah Hospital Association Crisis Standards of Care (CSC), recently removed age-based guidelines from Utah's crisis care plans, creating a more equal standard of care for all. ... Read More

How HELP Is Serving Older Patients Amidst the Pandemic
RECOGNITION
Oct 30, 2020

How HELP Is Serving Older Patients Amidst the Pandemic

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), which helps older patients prevent delirium during their stay in the hospital, had to make some quick changes as the pandemic began earlier this year. This was made possible by a generous donations of iPads to the program in April. As this program has continued to operate in a virtual format, they have been able to make a significant impact in these patients lives by helping them stay connected with family and friends outside of the hospital. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 09, 2020

Check Your Health: Annual Wellness Visits for Adults Who Are 65+

In this interview with KUTV, Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, discussed the importance of taking care of both overall physical and mental health, especially for adults over the age of 65. He explained that the wellness check is designed to be done remotely and that in many doctors offices across the country you can get this exam done via telehealth visits or through phone calls. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 29, 2020

How To Find Safe Summer Activities For High Risk Seniors

Senior Citizens are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19 and need to be careful when going out. Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the U of U Health warns of the complications of COVID-19 in older adults and encourages them to be cautious. However, despite the need to be cautious, there are still safe ways to get out or experience new things from the safety of their homes. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 18, 2020

Mental Wellness in Older Adults During COVID-19

Feelings of anxiety and isolation can be prevalent in individuals over the age of 65. Dr. Supiano, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the U of U health discussed strategies to stay connected while remaining physically distanced. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 12, 2020

COVID-19 and Older Adults

Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the U of U health answers questions about COVID-19 and how it can affect older adults. ... Read More

EDUCATION
May 14, 2020

GeriPal Podcast: Should Age Be Used to Ration Scarce Resources?

Should age be used to ration scarce resources during COVID-19? How should age be used, if at all, as an "up front" consideration, or a "tiebreak?" How should we account for socioeconomic determinants of health in resource allocation decision making? Dr. Timothy Farrell (Associate Professor, Geriatrics) discusses the answers to these questions and more on the GeriPal podcast. ... Read More

EDUCATION
May 14, 2020

New American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Position Statement Addresses One of Healthcare's Most Difficult Issues: Allocating Scarce Resources in the COVID-19 Era

In healthcare, the pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed today in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Featuring Dr. Timothy Farrell (Associate Professor, Geriatrics), who led the writing group responsible for the statement. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 13, 2020

Who Decides Who Lives and Dies During a Crisis? Utah Has New Answers

Policymakers, health care providers and others rely on “crisis standards of care” to make those hard decisions fair and formulaic — but some worry that older adults and people with disabilities will bear the brunt. Featuring gerontologists Kathie Supiano, Linda Edelman and Dr. Timothy Farrell (Associate Professor, Geriatrics). ... Read More

RESEARCH
Mar 31, 2020

Grant Awarded to Dr. Russell Richardson

Congratulations to principal investigator Dr. Russell Richardson (Professor, Geriatrics) for his funded project, “Passive leg movement: A tool to assess vascular health and guide rehabilitation.” This is a 4/5 year grant funded for $1.2 million. ... Read More

Introducing: "From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight
RECOGNITION
Feb 14, 2020

Introducing: "From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight

Starting in 2020, one staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Nancy Joyce from the Division of Geriatrics. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
Jan 06, 2020

JAMA Editors Name Best Articles of the Decade

In 2016, Drs. Alfred Cheung (Vice Chair, Research) and Mark Supiano (Professor & Chief, Geriatrics) co-authored a SPRINT study result "Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Adults Aged ≥75 Years: A Randomized Clinical Trial." It has been selected by the the Journal of the American Medical Association as one of the top ten high impact papers for the decade. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 25, 2019

Welcome Oakley Preston

The Department of Internal Medicine welcomes Oakley Preston as the new Operations Manager for the Division of Geriatrics. ... Read More

Geriatrics Care Team Overview
EDUCATION
Apr 25, 2019

Geriatrics Care Team Overview

The Geriatrics Care Team is committed to enhancing patient-centered care at its Madsen hub, and various other locations throughout Utah. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
Jul 18, 2018

Geriatrics Moves Into Madsen

The Division of Geriatrics has moved into the Madsen Health Center, which has been extensively renovated to offer an improved patient experience. ... Read More

Two Studies Support Intensive Blood Pressure Control for Long-term Health, Quality of Life
RESEARCH
Aug 23, 2017

Two Studies Support Intensive Blood Pressure Control for Long-term Health, Quality of Life

Two studies provide additional support for lowering systolic blood pressure to an intensive goal of 120 mmHg – far below the standard guidelines of 140 mmHg – to reduce the risk of heart disease in high-risk patients with hypertension. The new research shows that intensive blood pressure control is well-tolerated by patients and is cost-effective in terms of health-related quality of life and financial costs to the healthcare system.... Read More

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