OBM Geriatrics

(ISSN 2638-1311)

OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Mobility and Aging: Falls Prevention Among the Elderly

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editor

Ray Marks
Adjunct Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA; School of Health & Professional Studies, York College, City University of New York, New York, USA
E-mail: rm226@tc.columbia.edu
Website: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/rm226/; https://www.linkedin.com/in/ray-marks-a5856b2a
Research Interests: Osteoporosis; osteoarthritis; knee osteoarthritis; falls prevention; depression; aging

About This Topic

Falls and their consequences continue to pose a major public health concern owing to their widespread occurrence and deleterious impact. This special edition is designed to encompass and document health research literature detailing the various falls prevention programs that exist or should be developed for older adults at high risk for falls. Research and review articles related to the community or nursing home settings are invited. Articles that employ a holistic approach are especially encouraged.


Open Access Research Article

A Novel Approach to Fall Risk Reduction: Combining Education and Therapeutic Yoga

Em V. Adams, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Heather S. Torphy, Brian C. Helsel, Karen A. Kemper, Cheryl Dye, Arlene A. Schmid
Received: October 03, 2019; Published: January 03, 2020; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.2001097

Open Access Review

Design Guidelines to Reduce Extrinsic Fall Risks in the Built Environment

Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, Emily Beuschel, Denise Guerin
Received: August 28, 2019; Published: December 16, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904095

Open Access Original Research

Automated Movement Feedback for Recovering Independence in the Sit-to-Stand Movement in an Older Population: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a Novel System

Siu Fai Ho, Avril Thomson, Tricia Moylan, Julie McGuckin, Andrew Kerr
Received: September 23, 2019; Published: December 02, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904089

Open Access Research Article

Balance and Fall Rates are Associated with Chronic Pain, and Improve with Yoga

Arlene A. Schmid, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Christine A. Fruhauf, Laura A. Swink, Jennifer D. Portz
Received: September 29, 2019; Published: November 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904087

Open Access Case Report

Qualitative Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Service Learning Experience to Assess and Manage Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Susan Kane Patton, Jennifer Vincenzo, Holly B. Bennett, Michelle Gray, Leah Jean Henry, Alishia Ferguson, Ro Dibrezzo, Christopher S. Walter, Maryalice Kelly
Received: August 15, 2019; Published: October 29, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904084

Open Access Research Article

Using Health-Related Quality of Life (SF-36v2®) to Predict Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Elena Crooks, Kimberly Cleary
Received: September 14, 2019; Published: October 25, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904082

Open Access Research Article

GAPcare: The Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention for Emergency Department Patients – A Qualitative Evaluation

Elizabeth M. Goldberg, Cameron J. Gettel, Kelsey Hayes, Renee R. Shield, Kate M. Guthrie
Received: August 21, 2019; Published: October 10, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904078