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Australasian Journal on Ageing

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856791/predictors-on-admission-of-functional-decline-among-older-patients-hospitalised-for-acute-care-a-prospective-observational-study
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David Basic, Danielle Ní Chróinín, David Conforti, Chris Shanley
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the incidence of, and factors associated with, in-hospital functional decline among older acute hospital patients. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of consecutive patients admitted under geriatric medicine over 5 years. The primary outcome measure was functional decline between admission and discharge, representing deterioration in any of the following: Modified Barthel Index (MBI), independence in Timed Up and Go test or walking, and/or need for walking aid...
August 30, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801983/body-weight-status-and-health-care-expenditure-among-university-retirees-in-beijing-china
#2
Ning Jiang, Hongjun Yu, Ruopeng An
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the impact of overweight and obesity on health-care expenditure among university retirees in Beijing, China. METHODS: Annual health surveys of retirees were conducted at Tsinghua University during 2011-2016. Individual random-effect regressions were performed to estimate incremental health-care expenditures attributable to overweight/obesity, adjusting for various individual characteristics. RESULTS: Compared to their normal-weight counterparts, obesity was associated with an increase in annual out-of-pocket expenditure on outpatient care by 27%, inpatient care 19% and medication 15%, and an increase in annual total out-of-pocket health-care expenditure by 33%...
August 11, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762246/quality-indicators-in-the-care-of-older-persons-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Ellen Burkett, Melinda G Martin-Khan, Leonard C Gray
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review of the literature was undertaken to assess the methodological quality of existing quality indicators (QIs) for the emergency department (ED) care of older persons. METHODS: MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and grey literature were searched. Articles were included if they addressed ED care of persons aged ≥65 years and defined a QI amenable to influence by ED providers. The methodological quality of QIs was assessed using relevant items from the Appraisal of Indicators through Research and Evaluation and the QUALIFY tools...
July 31, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699684/laughter-yoga-activities-for-older-people-living-in-residential-aged-care-homes-a-feasibility-study
#4
Julie M Ellis, Ros Ben-Moshe, Karen Teshuva
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a laughter yoga activities (LY) program for older people living in residential aged care homes (RACHs). METHODS: A 6-week LY program was implemented at three RACHs with twenty-eight residents. A pre-post design was used to measure positive and negative affect, happiness, blood pressure and pulse. RESULTS: Post-session mean scores for positive mood, and happiness were significantly higher than pre-session scores in weeks 1, 3 and 6, and the post-session mean negative mood scores were significantly lower than pre-session scores in weeks 3 and 6...
July 12, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685951/gender-differences-in-the-correlates-of-loneliness-among-japanese-persons-aged-50-70
#5
Thijs van den Broek
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore gender differences in the correlates of loneliness among Japanese persons aged 50-70. METHODS: Logistic regression models were estimated on cross-sectional Japanese Generations and Gender Survey data of 4057 persons aged 50-70. Loneliness was measured as having a score of 2 or higher on the shortened De Jong Gierveld loneliness scale. RESULTS: For more than half of the respondents, De Jong Gierveld loneliness scores exceeded the threshold of 2...
July 7, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682008/availability-of-services-in-registered-retirement-villages-in-queensland-australia-a-content-analysis
#6
Xin Hu, Bo Xia, Laurie Buys, Martin Skitmore
OBJECTIVE: The study investigates and compares the services available in different types of registered retirement villages in Queensland (QLD). METHODS: A content analysis based on official websites of 175 registered villages in QLD, Australia, is presented. RESULTS: This study identifies 82 services, with activity organisation, emergency response, hairdressing and transportation being most frequently available to residents. The number of services available is associated with the village size and financial type, with residents living in large private villages having access to significantly more services...
July 6, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681524/relationships-in-consumer-directed-care-an-integrative-literature-review
#7
REVIEW
Tracee Cash, Wendy Moyle, Siobhan O'Dwyer
OBJECTIVE: To undertake an integrative review of the literature on relationships between community aged care recipients, family carers and care providers under consumer-directed care (CDC). METHODS: Seven databases were systematically searched. Peer-reviewed and grey literature on CDC between 1998 and 2014 were assessed using an integrative literature review (ILR) framework. Search terms included CDC, self-directed care, direct payments, community aged care, community dwelling and older adults...
July 6, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677230/delirium-in-a-residential-care-facility-an-exploratory-study-of-staff-knowledge
#8
Amy Buettel, Michelle Cleary, Marguerite Bramble
OBJECTIVE: To explore staff knowledge of delirium by eliciting meaning through descriptions of their experiences within a residential aged care facility (RACF). METHODS: Six staff from one RACF in Australia participated in this qualitative study. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted and analysed using Colaizzi's analytical framework. RESULTS: The analysis revealed four themes: (i) absence of the word delirium; (ii) care based on intuition and automated actions; (iii) reliance on teamwork; and (iv) confusing delirium, depression and dementia...
July 5, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925098/identification-of-the-trajectory-of-functional-decline-for-advance-care-planning-in-a-nursing-home-population
#9
Suanne Lawrence, Andrew Robinson, Kathy Eagar
OBJECTIVE: To identify diagnostic groups and the form of the trajectory of functional decline that has the potential to enhance advance care planning (ACP) in a nursing home (NH) population. METHODS: Retrospective, longitudinal study with dependent variable (function) derived from the Resident Classification Scale (RCS), 1997-2008. Trajectory modelling used linear and curvilinear terms. RESULTS: The organ failure or other residents have a linear average functional decline...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925097/big-sisters
#10
Melanie Joosten
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925096/continued-growth
#11
EDITORIAL
Lynne Parkinson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925095/publisher-s-note
#12
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September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925094/our-ageing-population-insights-from-the-2016-census
#13
EDITORIAL
Jane Sims
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26970236/nurturing-spiritual-well-being-among-older-people-in-australia-drawing-on-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-way-of-knowing
#14
REVIEW
Pettina Love, Melissa Moore, Jeni Warburton
AIM: The meaning of spiritual well-being as a health dimension is often contested and neglected in policy and practice. This paper explores spiritual well-being from both an Indigenous and a non-Indigenous perspective. METHOD: We drew on Indigenous and non-Indigenous methodologies to explore the existing knowledge around spiritual well-being and its relationship with health. RESULTS: The Indigenous perspective proposed that spiritual well-being is founded in The Dreaming, informs everyday relationships and can impact on health...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639430/talking-to-healthcare-providers-about-sex-in-later-life-findings-from-a-qualitative-study-with-older-australian-men-and-women
#15
Bianca Fileborn, Anthony Lyons, Wendy Heywood, Sharron Hinchliff, Sue Malta, Briony Dow, Graham Brown, Catherine Barrett, Victor Minichiello
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare providers (HCPs) can play an important role in supporting the sexual health of older adults; however, we know little about the experiences of older people in talking to HCPs about sex. This article examines older adults' experiences and perceptions of talking to HCPs about sex. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 men and 23 women aged 60 and older recruited from a national, online survey of older Australians. Data were analysed using a thematic approach...
June 22, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639293/-although-we-re-isolated-we-re-not-really-isolated-the-value-of-information-and-communication-technology-for-older-people-in-rural-australia
#16
Turi Berg, Rachel Winterton, Maree Petersen, Jeni Warburton
OBJECTIVE: Drawing from a larger study that identified the supports and services that facilitate wellness among older people from rural communities, this study examined the specific contribution made by information and communication technology (ICT). METHODS: Qualitative interviews were undertaken with 60 older adults from six Australian rural areas. A preliminary thematic analysis was conducted, followed by a higher-order inductive analysis. RESULTS: Information and communication technology use was discussed in terms of individual enrichment, and in terms of enabling connections between the individual and their social networks, community and wider service environments...
June 22, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631285/quality-assurance-of-falls-reduction-in-an-orthopaedic-ward-using-a-novel-bedside-trolley-table-set-up-strategy
#17
Shuang Quan Chan, Marianne Wadsley, Sue Ferriere
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether a novel bedside trolley table set-up decreased inpatient falls (IF) postintervention. METHODS: From December 2012 to December 2014, geriatric patients admitted to our orthopaedic ward with extreme falls risk had a bedside trolley placed between them and a floor sensor mat to give responders more time to prevent IF. Pre- and postintervention falls data was reviewed for falls reduction using falls per month as comparison standard. IF were classified as high or low/medium risk using St Thomas's Risk Assessment Tool In Falling Elderly inpatients (STRATIFY) scoring...
June 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620919/meaningful-use-of-computers-has-a-potential-therapeutic-and-preventative-role-in-dementia-care-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Jimmy Liapis, Katherine E Harding
OBJECTIVE: Personal computers provide an increasingly accessible resource for leisure, social engagement and activities of daily living. This systematic review aimed to explore preventative or therapeutic benefits of such technology in people at risk of, or living with, dementia. METHODS: A systematic search of health databases combined key concepts of dementia and computer use. Inclusion criteria were applied, studies appraised for quality and results synthesised descriptively...
June 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573702/examining-coping-style-and-the-relationship-between-stress-and-subjective-well-being-in-australia-s-sandwich-generation
#19
Jade E Gillett, Dimity A Crisp
OBJECTIVE: The sandwich generation represents adults, often in midlife, who care for both children and ageing parents/relatives. While the stress they experience has received some attention, little research has investigated the subjective well-being (SWB) of this population. This study examined the relationship between perceived stress and SWB and the moderating effect of coping style. METHODS: Ninety-three participants (80 women), aged 23-63 years, completed an online survey measuring perceived stress, coping strategies, life satisfaction and positive and negative affect...
June 2, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635097/new-ideas-for-old-concerns-d-prinsley-australian-scholarly-publishing-melbourne-2013-isbn-9781925003451-paperback-a-34-95
#20
Michael Bauer, Yvonne Wells
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
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