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 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

Geriatric Syndromes

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

James S. Powers, MD

Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA Clinical Associate Director, Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Nashville TN, USA
Tel.: 615-343-6726
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Research Interests: Geriatrics education; long term care; geriatric nutrition; frail elderly; quality improvement; geriatric care models

About This Topic

The term geriatric syndrome is used to capture those clinical conditions in older persons that do not fit into discrete disease categories. Many of the most common conditions cared for by geriatricians, including delirium, falls, frailty, dizziness, syncope and urinary incontinence, are classified as geriatric syndromes.
Geriatric patients consume a disproportionate share of healthcare resources. Estimates from the US suggest that 50% of healthcare costs are attributed to 5% of the population characterized as hi-risk, hi-need patients. The high-need population is characterized by heavy healthcare utilization and having functional self-care limitations. In addition to clinical needs, the high-need population also has behavioral, functional, and social needs. These individuals commonly suffer from one or more geriatric syndromes.
Addressing geriatric syndromes includes an understanding of best practices and application of complementary techniques such as interprofessional team-based care, and other new models of care. It is also important to differentiate normative aging from disease processes.

I am delighted to edit this special edition of OBM Geriatrics focusing on Geriatric Syndromes.
I invite you to contribute your innovative work focused on geriatric clinical care and the promotion of healthy aging.
Potential contributors to this special edition of OBM Geriatrics may include investigators and participants in innovative models of care to address geriatric syndromes including transitions of care models, telehealth programs, patient-centered medical homes, acute care for elderly units, early mobility and healthy aging programs, medication reconciliation, and quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) programs. Submissions with data and analyses are particularly welcome. Additionally, thoughtful descriptive proposals of best practices and new approaches to geriatric syndromes as well as the promotion of healthy aging and attitudes regarding aging and society, health policy concerns, and successful team-based and collaborative care models are welcome.
There is no charge for papers submitted in 2019, more details can be available from link http://www.lidsen.com/journals/geriatrics/geriatrics-charges. We hope you and your colleagues will be willing to submit your creative work for this exciting special issue of OBM Geriatrics. I look forward to hearing from you.

•     Geriatric Syndromes
•     Healthy Aging
•     Healthcare Outcomes
•     Transitions of Care
•     Best Practices
•     Aging and Society
•     Healthcare Policy

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 Research Article

What Makes Us Walk: Predictors and the Interplay of Physical and Cognitive Factors on Gait Speed in Community Dwelling Older Adults

Received: 03 April 2020;  Published: 27 September 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2003134


This study investigated the predictors of gait speed in community dwelling older adults while examining interplay between physical performance and cognition on comfortable and fast gait speed. Sixty-six community-dwelling older adults (mean age 80.8 71% female) completed the following: 30-Second Chair Stand (30-SCS), Functional Reach (FR) [...]
Open Access Review

A Delirium Monitoring Program for Hospitalized Older Adults: An Approach to Age-Friendly Health Systems

Received: 05 May 2020;  Published: 13 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2003128


Delirium is an acute change in mental status with key features of inattention and disorganized thinking. It is particularly common in older adults, with multiple and varied causes. Delirium increases the risk of morbidity, mortality, institutionalization, and healthcare costs; however, it is often missed because it is difficult to recogni [...]