OBM Geriatrics is an international peer-reviewed 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 a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Advances in Geropsychiatric Nursing

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2025 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Pietro Gareri, MD, PhD, Geriatrician

CDCD Catanzaro Lido – ASP Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy 

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Research Interests: Assessment and care of elderly complex patients with comorbidities and poly-treated; Elderly; Dementia care; Cognitive disorders; Behavioral disorders; Neurobiology; Home care; Pharmacology; Parkinson's disease; Depressive disorders; Comorbidities; Polytreatment; Drug adverse events; Pharmacovigilance

Melodee Harris, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor

College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Research Interests: Dementia; Neuropsychiatric symptoms; Depression; Sleep; Massage; Geropsychiatric nursing

Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN, GERO-BC, PMH-BC, CNE, FNGNA, ANEF, FGSA, FAAN, Professor

College of Nursing and Allied Health, Southern University and A&M College, J.K. Haynes Building, P.O. Box 11794, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813, USA
Office: (225)771-3404 or (225) 771-2663
Fax.: (225) 771-3547

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Research Interests: Alzheimer's disease; Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia; Reduction in antipsychotic use in long-term care; Disaster preparedness for older adults; Mental illness in older adults; Geropsychiatric nursing

Deanna Gray-Miceli, Professor, PhD, GNP-BC, CRNP, RN, FGSA, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Jefferson College of Nursing and Jefferson Center for Injury Research, 130 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

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Research Interests: Falls prevention within nursing homes; Older adult’s perceptions of falls; Clinical care of frail elders; Enhancing geriatric nursing education

About This Topic

Geropsychiatric nurses are needed now more than ever. The population of older adults is the most rapidly growing segment of the US population and globally. According to the United States Census Bureau (2017) for the first time in 2030, older adults are projected to outnumber children. In addition to an increase in neurocognitive disorders, psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance use are among the most common mental disorders occurring in later life. Unfortunately, psychiatric disorders such as depression are undiagnosed and untreated by healthcare professionals. A growing number of older adults are also challenged with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders accompanied by significant impairment in functioning requiring more intense treatment and utilization of mental health services. Geropsychiatric nurses are key to improving mental health outcomes for older adults. This series will focus on the unique roles, challenges and contributions of geropsychiatric nursing across diverse treatment sites including acute care, primary care, home health, long-term care and behavioral health settings. Advances in geropsychiatric nursing leadership, advanced practice registered nursing, research and education are also presented.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (geriatrics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Original Research

The Multigenerational Legacy of Diabetes and Illness Perception: Influence on Older Adult’s Stigma

Received: 03 February 2024;  Published: 29 May 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2402280


There is not enough information regarding the impact of stigma associated with a. diagnosis of diabetes in aging older adults. Perceptions of diabetes are passed down generationally and may be influenced by mainstream societal perceptions at the time the perception is shaped. This is known as a multigenerational legacy of diabetes for those [...]
Open Access Research Article

Resilience and Adaptability of Older Adults: Findings from the COVID-19 Impact Survey

Received: 08 January 2024;  Published: 06 March 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2401272


The COVID-19 pandemic caused abrupt changes in daily routines, social connections, and ways of life. It is yet unknown the full impacts these extended changes have had on the long-term mental well-being of those who shared this global experience. As a contribution to our overall understanding of this phenomena, this study explored the effects [...]