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Geriatrics Council

Chair: Leonardo Marchini

Vice-Chair: Jennifer Hartshorn

Secretary: Lisa Hou

Treasurer: Karin V. Arsenault


Formerly the Council of Geriatric Dentistry and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, ASGD.


If your work includes the expertise required to treat geriatric patients, you should be a member of this Council, even if your work also includes other patients. Please edit your member profile to add an interest in geriatrics.



Recent Publications

  • Marchini L, Ettinger R,Caprio T, Jucan A. Oral health care for patients with Alzheimer's disease: An update. Spec Care Dentist. 2019;1-12.


Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD) are among the age-associated chronic conditions that are most challenging to health care systems around the globe, as patients with dementia require full-time, intensive care for multiple years. Oral health care is negatively impacted by cognitive decline, and consequently poor oral health is common among people with ADRD. Poor oral health status is linked with many undesirable consequences for the well-being of people with ADRD, from excruciatinglocal pain to life-threatening conditions, as aspiration pneumonia. In this paper, the authors provide an update on the most current concepts about Alzheimer's disease epidemiology, etiology, and management, current oral health care for patients with Alzheimer's disease, oral health promotion strategies for this population, as well as current research and future direction for improving oral health care for patients with Alzheimer's disease. It concludes that oral health care should be included in the patient's routine health care as early as possible in the progression of Alzheimer's disease for preventing rapid oral health deterioration. Establishing oral hygiene routines and providing dental treatment that is customized to the patients’ individual needs and disease stage are important to achieve good oral health outcomes and prevent quality of life decline.

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  • KS, Marchini L, Hartshorn J, Johnsen DC. An emulation model in critical thinking used to develop learning outcomes in inter professional practice. Clin Exp Dent Res. 2019;17.


 Interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP) are essential for the comprehensive care of patients. A goal of this paper is to articulate learning outcomes likely to improve patient outcomes. Yet learning outcomes in IPE are systematically lacking in consistency. Objective: An approach offered here and the main purpose of this paper is to develop and implement an IPE learning outcome by applying emulation concepts from the education literature. In dental situations, emulation has been used to derive the thought process of the expert succinctly enough for the novice to apply to the next patient. Methods: The expert's thought process thus becomes the learning outcome, the learning guide, and the assessment instrument. In IPE/IPP, several experts make up the team. The resulting learning outcome is the collection of key questions from respective health care team members. Team members are primary care, pharmacy, nursing, social work, nutrition, and dentistry. The resulting list of questions has not been reported and was applied to patient planning in a geriatric/special needs clinic. Results: Students were more likely to apply questions from disciplines that were preceded by didactic instructionprimary care, pharmacy, nutrition, and dentistryand less likely to apply questions from nursing and social work. Conclusions: Although still in the early stages, the model is viable to guide learning and assess performance to a level of grasping the concept. The exercise is student led. For the practitioner, the learning outcome becomes the performance outcome. Further model development is ongoing with limited models for comparison.

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