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 12 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). 

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Advances in Geropsychiatric Nursing

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023 (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

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.