Untitled Document



January 2013 Minnesota Medicine


Editor's Note





Hearing aids, preventing falls, a study space for aging in place.

The Physician Advocate

The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics

Minnesota's new House Majority Leader, tackling prescription opioid abuse, an interview with MMA's new president and more.



The eye exam

By Jonathan Avila

What the notes in medical charts don't tell you.


End Note


By Charles Bransford, M.D.
Untitled Document
Table of Contents | January 2013
January 2013 | Volume 96 | Issue 1


On The Cover

In the comfort of home

By Howard Bell

Why it's better to care for frail elders where they live.


Feature Stories

Cultivating Conversations

By Trout Lowen

Honoring Choices Minnesota helps families plan for the end of life.


Caring for the caregiver

By Suzy Frisch

Their well-being is critical to that of the patient.


Geriatrician in chief

Interview by Carmen Peota

James Pacala, M.D., on what physicians should know about caring for older adults.


Clinical and Health Affairs

Using Dementia as the Organizing Principle when Caring for Patients with Dementia and Comorbidities

By Alan Lazaroff, M.D., Lynne Morishita, G.N.P., M.S.N., George Schoephoerster, M.D., and Teresa McCarthy, M.D., M.S., C.M.D.

Empowering Older Adults to Manage Chronic Conditions and Reduce their Risk for Falls

By Jean K. Wood

Seniors and Driving: Three Stories, Three Outcomes

By Kathy Woods Rakowczyk, OTR/L, CDRS

Facilitating Care Transitions for Older Adults

By Jean K. Wood



What the VA can teach us about geriatric care.

By Edward R. Ratner, M.D., Melissa West, M.D., Kristopher N. Hartwig, M.D., and Bruce C. Meyer, M.D.

Organizations wishing to form new care delivery models should look to two long-standing programs for veterans with multiple chronic illnesses.

. .