Kenneth BoockvarProfessor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Kenneth Boockvar, MD, MS is Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Associate Director for Research at the James J Peters VA Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, and Director of Clinical Studies at the New Jewish Home, all in New York City. He studies health care delivery for older adults, focusing on patient transitions between sites of care, medication safety in older adults, and health complications in long-term care patients, including delirium and falls.
In 2014, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing $31 billion to Medicare. In addition to fractures and other fall-related injuries, falls lead to disability, institutionalization, activity restriction and reduction in quality of life. A robust body of evidence supports an interdisciplinary approach to geriatrics syndromes such as falls. This includes medical, nursing, rehabilitation, and pharmacy interventions. One focus of this talk will be on medications, which are a major causal factor for falls in older adults. Medication deprescribing is a part of almost all tested multi-component fall prevention strategies
·Assess the association between delirium and falls in the nursing home setting
·Evaluate and grasp interdisciplinary approaches for preventing delirium and falls, including roles for medical, nursing, rehabilitation and pharmacy staff
·Review intervention implementation and outcomes