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Geriatrics & Gerontology International

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060462/end-of-life-care-for-people-dying-with-dementia-in-general-practice-in-belgium-italy-and-spain-a-cross-sectional-retrospective-study
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Yolanda W H Penders, Gwenda Albers, Luc Deliens, Guido Miccinesi, Tomás Vega Alonso, Maite Miralles, Sarah Moreels, Lieve Van den Block
AIM: To describe and compare end-of-life care for people with mild or severe dementia in general practice in Belgium, Italy and Spain, in terms of place of care, place of death, treatment aims, use of specialized palliative care and communication with general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: Cross-sectional retrospective survey was carried out of nationwide networks of GPs in Belgium, Italy and Spain, including patients who died aged 65 years or older in 2009-2011 and were judged by the GP to have had dementia (n = 1623)...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060460/effects-of-rapid-aging-and-lower-participation-rate-among-younger-adults-on-the-short-term-trend-of-physical-activity-in-the-national-health-and-nutrition-survey-japan
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Nobuo Nishi, Takeshi Yoshizawa, Nagako Okuda
AIM: The National Health and Nutrition Survey, Japan, has annually monitored two indicators of physical activity in adults. They are contrasting in the association with age; the prevalence of exercise habit is lower and step counts are higher among younger participants. The present study aimed to examine the effects of rapid aging of the Japanese population and the lower participation rate among younger adults on the short-term trend of two indicators of physical activity using tabulated data...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060455/self-reported-quality-of-sleep-is-associated-with-physical-strength-among-community-dwelling-young-old-adults
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Katarzyna B Malinowska, Tome Ikezoe, Noriaki Ichihashi, Hidenori Arai, Kimihiko Murase, Kazuo Chin, Takahisa Kawaguchi, Yasuharu Tabara, Takeo Nakayama, Fumihiko Matsuda, Tadao Tsuboyama
AIM: The present study examined the association between self-reported quality of sleep (QOS) and physical function in community-dwelling young-old adults. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 737 community-dwelling older adults aged 60 years and older (498 women, 239 men); age 68.3 ± 5.2 years (range 60-79 years). Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire, which included the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, as well as information regarding sociodemographic characteristics, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060449/therapeutic-effects-of-drug-switching-between-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yasuyuki Ohta, Mohamed Darwish, Nozomi Hishikawa, Toru Yamashita, Kota Sato, Mami Takemoto, Koji Abe
AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of switching from one acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (ChEI), donepezil, galantamine or rivastigmine, to another in Alzheimer's disease patients. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 171 Alzheimer's disease patients, whose ChEI medication was changed. The patients were evaluated on three major aspects of dementia - cognitive, affective and activities of daily living (ADL) measures - at 6 months (M) before the drug switch, at the time of drug switch (baseline), and at 3 M and 6 M after the drug switch...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060447/association-of-loneliness-and-healthcare-utilization-among-older-adults-in-singapore
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Ka Keat Lim, Angelique Chan
AIM: To assess the association between loneliness and physician visits among community-dwelling older adults in Singapore. METHODS: We obtained data from two consecutive waves (2009 and 2011) of a nationally representative longitudinal survey of community-dwelling Singaporeans aged 60 years and older. Out of 3103 responses, we excluded proxy interviews (n = 365; 11.8 %), resulting in a final analysis cohort of 2738 respondents. Using the frequency of physician visits in the past 30 days as the dependent variable, we carried out negative binomial hurdle regression controlling for predisposing characteristics, enabling factors, needs, social capital and change in loneliness status between the two waves of the survey...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060445/fear-of-falling-and-mortality-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-in-the-shih-pai-study-in-taiwan-a-longitudinal-follow-up-study
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Hsiao-Ting Chang, Hsi-Chung Chen, Pesus Chou
AIM: Little is known about the association between fear of falling (FOF) and the risk of mortality. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between FOF and mortality among community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: A total of 3814 older adults aged 65 years and older living in the Shih-Pai area in Taiwan participated in this 7-year follow-up longitudinal study. A structured questionnaire was used to record participants' FOF, history of falling, demographic characteristics, medical conditions, history of insomnia, depression symptoms and subjective health from 1999 to 2002...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060444/mediating-effect-of-decline-in-social-activities-on-urinary-incontinence-and-negative-mood-do-sex-and-marital-differences-exist
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Xue Bai, Doris Yin Ping Leung, Claudia Kam Yuk Lai, Alice Ming Lin Chong, Iris Chi
AIM: We tested the mediating effect of decline in social participation on urinary incontinence (UI) and negative mood in older adults by sex and marital status. METHODS: We carried out secondary analysis of data collected from 5301 Chinese adults aged 60 years or older in Hong Kong who had completed an initial screening instrument for subsidized long-term care services in 2010. Path analysis within structural equation modeling was carried out. RESULTS: Satisfactory model fit was obtained: male-married group (n = 1949, standardized root means squared residual [SRMR] = 0...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060442/effects-of-6%C3%A2-months-of-aerobic-and-resistance-exercise-training-on-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-overweight-and-obese-older-women
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Jinkee Park, Hyuntea Park
AIM: We studied the effects of exercise on carotid intima-media thickness, luminal diameter, and flow velocity in overweight and obese older women, and the associations between carotid parameters changes and other variables. METHODS: A total of 41 overweight and obese older women (aged 65-77 years, fat mass percent ≥ 32%), who were divided into a control group (n = 20) and a supervised combined exercise group (n = 21). The 24-week combined exercise program (aerobic and resistance exercise) consisted of sessions 40-80 min in length 5 days per week under the supervision of an exercise specialist...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060439/factors-associated-with-unexpected-admissions-and-mortality-among-low-functioning-older-patients-receiving-home-medical-care
#9
Hiroyuki Umegaki, Atushi Asai, Shigeru Kanda, Keiko Maeda, Takuya Shimojima, Hideki Nomura, Masafumi Kuzuya
AIM: The need for and availability of home medical care for elderly patients with limitations in terms of access to medical facilities has been increasing. We investigated the association between low function, malnutrition, dementia and multicomorbidity with patient prognosis, focusing on unexpected hospital admissions and mortality in elderly non-cancer patients receiving home care. METHODS: The study included 124 Japanese patients receiving home medical care in the form of regular visits from doctors and nurses for physical and/or mental disability...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060438/alcohol-and-tobacco-consumption-concordance-and-its-correlates-in-older-couples-in-latin-america
#10
Mayra Pires Alves Machado, Davi Camara Opaleye, Tiago Veiga Pereira, Ivan Padilla, Ana Regina Noto, Martin Prince, Cleusa Pinheiro Ferri
AIM: As little is known about alcohol and tobacco consumption concordance between older spouses in low- and middle-income countries, the present study aimed to estimate this in older couples from five Latin American countries. METHODS: This study is a secondary analysis of data collected between 2003 and 2007 by the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, from 1451 couples aged over 65 years from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Kappa statistic was used to assess the agreement of the behavior beyond chance, and logistic regression models with meta-analyses were used to estimate the factors associated with concordance...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935239/effect-of-galantamine-on-attention-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-combined-with-cerebrovascular-disease
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Jeong Jin Park, Seong Hye Choi, SangYun Kim, Ae Young Lee, So Young Moon, Jun Hong Lee, Jae Cheol Kwon, Kyung Won Park, Bon D Ku, Hyun Jeong Han, Eun-Joo Kim, Yong S Shim
AIM: Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) show greater attentional deficits compared with AD patients without CVD. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of galantamine on attention in AD patients with CVD. METHODS: In this open trial, 1512 patients with AD and CVD were recruited from 71 nationwide hospitals. The patients were given galantamine for 16 weeks. The primary outcome measure was the score on the Attention Questionnaire Scale (AQS), which measures the patients' attention in their daily lives...
December 9, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935188/characteristics-of-physical-prefrailty-among-japanese-healthy-older-adults
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Eiji Matsushita, Kiwako Okada, Yui Ito, Shosuke Satake, Nariaki Shiraishi, Takahisa Hirose, Masafumi Kuzuya
AIM: The purpose of the present study was to clarify the characteristics of frailty at an early stage (prefrailty) in a healthy elderly Japanese population. METHODS: The participants were 620 healthy older adults (age range 60-89 years) who were current students or graduates of a community college for older adults in Japan. All participants were evaluated using the Kihon Checklist, a tool developed to screen for frailty in Japan. The participants were categorized by the Fried criteria (lost weight, handgrip strength, walking speed, exhaustion, physical activity) into either a prefrailty (1-2 criteria) or a non-frailty (0 criterion) group...
December 9, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935182/pain-management-intervention-targeting-nursing-staff-and-general-practitioners-pain-intensity-consequences-and-clinical-relevance-for-nursing-home-residents
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Dagmar Dräger, Andrea Budnick, Ronny Kuhnert, Sonja Kalinowski, Franziska Könner, Reinhold Kreutz
AIM: Although chronic pain is common in older adults, its treatment is frequently inappropriate. This problem is particularly prevalent in nursing home residents. We therefore developed an intervention to optimize pain management and evaluated its effects on pain intensity and pain interference with function in nursing home residents in Germany. METHODS: In a cluster-randomized controlled intervention, 195 residents of 12 Berlin nursing homes who were affected by pain were surveyed at three points of measurement...
December 9, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921357/interrelationship-between-mini-mental-state-examination-scores-and-biochemical-parameters-in-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
Ramasamy Vasantharekha, Hannah P Priyanka, Thangavel Swarnalingam, Avathvadi Venkatesan Srinivasan, Srinivasan ThyagaRajan
AIM: The aim of the present study was to provide first-hand information about the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India, and examine if there exists a relationship between cognitive functions and biochemical parameters in these patients. METHODS: Surveys were collected from adults, older men and women (n = 3126) from different regions of Tamil Nadu, which were followed up after 12 months for 1337 participants...
December 6, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917582/agreement-between-chronic-kidney-disease-epidemiological-collaboration-and-berlin-initiative-study-equations-for-estimating-glomerular-filtration-rate-in-older-people-the-invecchiare-in-chianti-aging-in-chianti-region-study
#15
Andrea Corsonello, Claudio Pedone, Stefania Bandinelli, Luigi Ferrucci, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
AIM: The aim was to investigate to what extent chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be staged interchangeably by Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiological Collaboration (CKD-EPI) and by Berlin Initiative Study (BIS) equations, and to verify whether cystatin C can improve concordance between formulas. METHODS: Our series consisted of 828 community-dwelling individuals aged 65 years or older enrolled in the Invecchiare in Chianti Study ("Aging in the Chianti Region"). Estimated glomerular filtration rate was calculated using the creatinine-based CKD-EPI, creatinine/cystatin C-based CKD-EPI, creatinine-based BIS and creatinine/cystatin C-based BIS equations...
December 5, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917612/fear-of-falling-and-physical-function-in-older-adults-with-cataract-exploring-the-role-of-vision-as-a-moderator
#16
Anna Palagyi, Jonathon Q Ng, Kris Rogers, Lynn Meuleners, Peter McCluskey, Andrew White, Nigel Morlet, Lisa Keay
AIM: To examine fear of falling and associated factors in a cohort of older adults with cataract, and investigate the interplay of vision and physical function with respect to fear of falling. METHODS: We analyzed baseline data from a longitudinal study of adults aged ≥65 years referred for cataract surgery. Fear of falling was assessed by the Short Falls Efficacy Scale-International. Physical function was determined by the Short Physical Performance Battery...
December 4, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910255/dysphagia-is-associated-with-functional-decline-during-acute-care-hospitalization-of-older-patients
#17
Haruyo Matsuo, Yoshihiro Yoshimura, Naoki Ishizaki, Tsuyoshi Ueno
AIM: Physical function is considered to be associated with dysphagia: however, there is little data regarding the association between dysphagia and functional decline during hospitalization among older patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of dysphagia, and the association between dysphagia and functional status during hospitalization in older acute-care patients. METHODS: A total of 103 older patients without present or prior history of diseases that could directly impair swallowing and cause dysphagia (45 men and 58 women; mean age 80...
December 1, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910252/memory-performance-on-the-story-recall-test-and-prediction-of-cognitive-dysfunction-progression-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-dementia
#18
Jong-Hwan Park, Hyuntae Park, Sang Wuk Sohn, Sungjae Kim, Kyung Won Park
AIM: To determine the factors that influence diagnosis and differentiation of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's dementia (AD) by comparing memory test results at baseline with those at 1-2-year follow up. METHODS: We consecutively recruited 23 healthy participants, 44 MCI patients and 27 patients with very mild AD according to the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorder Association criteria for probable Alzheimer's disease and Petersen's clinical diagnostic criteria...
December 1, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869351/social-participation-willingness-and-quality-of-life-a-population-based-study-among-older-adults-in-rural-areas-of-china
#19
Qian He, Yanjie Cui, Ling Liang, Qi Zhong, Jie Li, Yuancheng Li, Xiaofeng Lv, Fen Huang
AIM: The present study aimed to reflect the current situation of social participation in rural areas of China, willingness to participate in social activities, association between health-related quality of life and social participation, and factors related to social participation. METHODS: A total of 2644 rural adults aged 60 years and older were randomly selected and surveyed with a self-rating questionnaire. We used the unified definition of social participation in our study...
November 21, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869346/association-between-dialysis-treatment-and-cognitive-decline-a-study-from-the-project-in-sado-for-total-health-prost-japan
#20
Yumi Watanabe, Kaori Kitamura, Kazutoshi Nakamura, Kazuhiro Sanpei, Minako Wakasugi, Akio Yokoseki, Keiko Kabasawa, Osamu Onodera, Takeshi Ikeuchi, Ryozo Kuwano, Takeshi Momotsu, Ichiei Narita, Naoto Endo
AIM: Evidence for the association between dialysis treatment and cognitive decline is limited. The present study aimed to determine whether dialysis treatment is associated with cognitive decline in adult outpatients of a general hospital in Japan. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional substudy of the Project in Sado for Total Health (PROST). Total Health PROST targeted adult outpatients of a general hospital in Sado City, Niigata, Japan. Among 753 patients (mean age 68...
November 21, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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