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Australasian Journal on Ageing

Mi Sook Kim, Dong-Soo Shin, SookNyeo Kim
OBJECTIVES: Older Korean people's admission to long-term care (LTC) hospitals is increasing. This study aimed to investigate one-year mortality and related factors among older patients admitted to a LTC hospital. METHODS: Medical records of 330 patients admitted to a LTC hospital in 2014 were reviewed. Factors related to death were identified using the Cox proportional hazards model. RESULTS: About 35% of the patients died within a year, and their average length of survival was 42...
July 20, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Steven Baker, Jeni Warburton, Jenny Waycott, Frances Batchelor, Thuong Hoang, Briony Dow, Elizabeth Ozanne, Frank Vetere
OBJECTIVES: There are growing concerns that social isolation presents risks to older people's health and well-being. Thus, the objective of the review was to explore how technology is currently being utilised to combat social isolation and increase social participation, hence improving social outcomes for older people. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted across the social science and human-computer interaction databases. RESULTS: A total of 36 papers met the inclusion criteria and were analysed using a four-step process...
July 19, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Peta S Cook, Anthea Vreugdenhil, Brienna Macnish
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of an innovative intergenerational art event showcasing retirement village life on attendees' understandings of older adults and ageing. METHODS: A survey of 93 art event attendees was conducted immediately after 16 sessions of the event (78% response rate). Respondents reported on their event experience and its impact on their understandings of older adults and attitudes towards ageing. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) used to test for differences between age groups (18-34, 35-64 and 65+ years)...
July 15, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Janani Thillainadesan, Lisa Ng, Ilona Cunningham, Nicole Wong Doo, Vasi Naganathan
OBJECTIVE: To characterise older inpatients in a haematology unit. METHODS: Hospital case-mix data of haematology separations of all ages (n = 7419) and more extensive data restricted to older patients (age ≥75 years, n = 1025) were evaluated. RESULTS: From 2000 to 2014, there was a 200% increase in those aged ≥85 years who were more likely to have a geriatric syndrome as the principal diagnosis (P < 0.05), have delirium (P < 0.05), receive less intensive treatment (P < 0...
July 10, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Banu Ünver, Eda Akbaş
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of regional plantar tactile sensitivity with balance and mobility in community-dwelling older people. METHODS: Fifty-five older adults (39 women and 16 men) mean age 73.5 ± 6.5 years participated in the study. Plantar tactile sensitivity was assessed at nine regions of the foot using Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments. Balance and mobility of the subjects were evaluated with Berg Balance Scale and Rivermead Mobility Index, respectively...
July 6, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Jiyoung Kang, Cheolhwan Kim
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between urinary incontinence (UI) and physical frailty (PF). METHODS: The study participants (n = 404) who visited the geriatric clinic were divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of UI based on questionnaire results. We analysed the relationship between each factor associated with PF and the risk of UI according to the number of factors associated with PF. RESULTS: Urinary incontinence was associated with grip strength and history of falls (P = 0...
July 6, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Katie de Luca, Lynne Parkinson, Sharyn Hunter, Julie Ellen Byles
OBJECTIVE: To explore qualitative insights into the pain experience of older women with quantitatively derived pain profiles. METHODS: The sequential mixed methods design involved applying quantitative pain profiles, derived from an earlier latent class analysis, to qualitative comments by a sample of older Australian women with arthritis. Data from a substudy of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, mid-aged cohort, born 1946-1951, were used. Inductive content analysis was conducted to explore qualitative insights into the experience of pain...
June 26, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Hui Foh Foong, Tengku Aizan Hamid, Rahimah Ibrahim, Sharifah Azizah Haron
OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to examine whether neuroticism mediates the association between loneliness and cognitive function in older adults. METHODS: This study involved 2322 representative community residents aged 60-92 years in Peninsular Malaysia. Cognition was measured by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), loneliness was assessed by three-item loneliness scale, and neuroticism was assessed by the Short-Form Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire...
June 26, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Jenny Day, Ann C Thorington Taylor, Sharyn Hunter, Peter Summons, Pamela van der Riet, Margaret Harris, Jane Maguire, Sophie Dilworth, Sarah Jeong, Helen Bellchambers, Gunilla Haydon, Isabel Higgins
OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences of older people receiving home care package (HCP) support following the introduction of consumer-directed care (CDC) by the Australian government on 1 July 2015. METHODS: Thirty-one older people with existing HCP support from two service providers in regional New South Wales, Australia, participated in a face-to-face interview and/or a qualitative survey. RESULTS: Analysis revealed the theme of Choices: Preferences, constraints, balancing and choosing...
June 12, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Margaret MacAndrew, Linda Schnitker, Nicole Shepherd, Elizabeth Beattie
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to understand the circumstances in which people with dementia become lost, and the outcomes of these incidents. METHODS: A search was conducted of news articles published in Australia between 2011 and 2015 reporting a missing person with a diagnosis of dementia. RESULTS: Over the five-year period, 130 missing person cases were reported. The average age of the missing person was 75 years with more men (74%) than women reported missing...
May 22, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Esther Vance, Melanie K Farlie, Bridget Kool, Anne Tiedemann, Anna L Hatton, Catherine Sherrington, Daina L Sturnieks
OBJECTIVE: To determine the amount and nature of health professional education related to fall prevention for older adults in Australian and New Zealand universities. METHODS: Universities offering medicine, nursing and allied health courses were invited to complete an online survey enquiring about fall prevention course-related information: topics; delivery mode; and time dedicated. RESULTS: One hundred and five respondents, 11 disciplines and 43 universities completed the survey...
May 15, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Claudia Meyer, Arti Appannah, Sally McMillan, Colette Browning, Rajna Ogrin
OBJECTIVES: Typically, older people are viewed via a single health condition, yet health outcomes are likely impacted by the intersection of many individual characteristics. Promoting inclusive health care is underpinned by reducing bias, respectful communication and supporting individual needs and preferences. This study explores perspectives of community aged care workers on diversity training and implementing training into practice. METHODS: Ninety community aged care workers were telephone-interviewed three months after a one-day diversity training workshop...
May 13, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Judy A Lowthian, Glenn Arendts, Edward Strivens
OBJECTIVES: Management of older patients during acute illness or injury does not occur in isolation in emergency departments. We aimed to develop a collaborative Consensus Statement to enunciate principles of integrated emergency care. METHODS: Briefing notes, informed by research and evidence reviews, were developed and evaluated by a Consensus Working Party comprising cross-specialty representation from clinical experts, service providers, consumers and policymakers...
May 7, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Sunita R Jha, Julee McDonagh, Ros Prichard, Phillip J Newton, Louise D Hickman, Erik Fung, Peter S Macdonald, Caleb Ferguson
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this short report are to: (i) explore #Frailty Twitter activity over a six-month period; and (ii) provide a snapshot Twitter content analysis of #Frailty usage. METHODS: A mixed-method study was conducted to explore Twitter data related to frailty. The primary search term was #Frailty. Objective 1: data were collected using Symplur analytics, including variables for total number of tweets, unique tweeters (users) and total number of impressions...
May 7, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Christopher Sb Sia, Michelle R Ananda-Rajah, Nikki R Adler, Baey Yi-Wei, Danny Liew, Erica Y Tong, Ar Kar Aung
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in aged patients receiving empiric gentamicin therapy. METHODS: Patients aged ≥65 years receiving gentamicin upon admission between 2013 and 2015 at two Australian hospitals were retrospectively studied. AKI was defined as a rise in creatinine by ≥50% and/or ≥26.5 μmol/L. RESULTS: Most patients (95%) received a single dose of gentamicin. The incidence of AKI was 15% (36/242 patients)...
April 27, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Vasi Naganathan
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June 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Samantha Neylon, Caroline Bulsara, Anne-Marie Hill
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June 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Gregory Judkins
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June 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Richard Fleming
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June 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
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