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Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds
Veronica Hackethal, MD
May 13, 2016

DALLAS, TX — The risk of falls that cause serious injuries goes up over 2 weeks after changes in antihypertensive therapy in the elderly, whether starting or adding an agent or intensifying the current medication, suggests an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries published May 10, 2016 inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

"If I'm initiating or intensifying meds, I may want to be careful in the short term, but after patients have been on the medications for a while, the risk has probably disappeared," lead author Dr Daichi Shimbo (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY) told

Aged Care into the Future (Breakfast Meeting)

Aged Care into the Future (Breakfast Meeting)

This Extra ACHSM Breakfast Forum will be held at Jeta Gardens, Bethania in association with Logan City Council

Logan retirement and aged care resort, Jeta Gardens will become the first intergenerational facility of its kind in the country. The Master Plan development includes additional retirement villas and apartments, serviced aged care facilities, a clubhouse, pharmacy and childcare facilities. A private hospital and international training college specialising in geriatrics, including student accommodation, will also be developed, in partnership with one of Queensland's renowned universities.

Confusion over the $7 co-payment

Confusion over the $7 co-payment

This weekwe have been working with a GP practice on the Gold Coast and were surprised to hear an elderly patient lament their delay in coming to see theGP due to the new $7 co-payment. It is important to remember that thisproposed co-payment to see a GP will not come into effect until at least 1 July next year. As part of the last Federal Budget, it was tabled that an introduction of a co-payment could assist in the financial sustainability of the healthcare sector but this introduction is dependent on legislative change and save the amendment of the position of the opposition the measure would not pass through the Senate.

Predictions for the 2014 Budget


Complexities in Aged Care?


With thanks to Dr David T for the cartoon :)

Drugs and Aged Care

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