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Clinical Interventions in Aging

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228655/combination-of-btracks-and-geri-fit-as-a-targeted-approach-for-assessing-and-reducing-the-postural-sway-of-older-adults-with-high-fall-risk
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Daniel J Goble, Mason C Hearn, Harsimran S Baweja
Atypically high postural sway measured by a force plate is a known risk factor for falls in older adults. Further, it has been shown that small, but significant, reductions in postural sway are possible with various balance exercise interventions. In the present study, a new low-cost force-plate technology called the Balance Tracking System (BTrackS) was utilized to assess postural sway of older adults before and after 90 days of a well-established exercise program called Geri-Fit. Results showed an overall reduction in postural sway across all participants from pre- to post-intervention...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228654/low-ft3-a-possible-marker-of-frailty-in-the-elderly
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Aldo Bertoli, Alessia Valentini, Maria Assunta Cianfarani, Elena Gasbarra, Umberto Tarantino, Massimo Federici
INTRODUCTION: Frailty is associated with a functional decline of multiple physiological systems, of which they may be a cause or consequence. The objective of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of thyroid hormone modifications in elderly frail subjects and its relationship with frailty. STUDY POPULATION AND METHODS: An observational study was carried out at the University Hospital "Tor Vergata" in Rome among ambulatory and hospitalized patients. The study population consisted of 112 elderly subjects: 62 were hospitalized following hip fracture and 50 control subjects were outpatients...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228653/drug-prescription-appropriateness-in-the-elderly-an-italian-study
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Nicola Allegri, Federica Rossi, Federica Del Signore, Paolo Bertazzoni, Roberto Bellazzi, Giorgio Sandrini, Tomaso Vecchi, Davide Liccione, Alessia Pascale, Stefano Govoni
PURPOSE: Correct drug prescription in the elderly is a difficult task that requires careful survey of the current pharmacological therapies. In this article, we reviewed the drug prescriptions provided to 860 persons aged 65 years or over, residing in a small city of Lombardy, Italy. METHODS: Subjects were recruited from a local nursing home, the Pavia and Vigevano Neuropsychological Center for Alzheimer's Disease, general practitioners' offices, and the local University of the Third Age...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223789/the-determinants-of-coping-with-pain-in-chronically-ill-geriatric-patients-the-role-of-a-sense-of-coherence
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Anna Andruszkiewicz, Małgorzata Anna Basińska, Mirosława Felsmann, Mariola Banaszkiewicz, Alicja Marzec, Kornelia Kędziora-Kornatowska
BACKGROUND: Given the rising population of the elderly in modern societies, the concern for their good functioning poses a challenge for the 21st century medicine and social services. Senior citizens are at an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, which in turn increase discomfort associated with physiological processes of aging. Sensations of pain have a particular influence on the mentioned discomfort, and pain is prevalent among older people. Therefore, from the perspective of an elderly person and senior care, it is crucial to identify determinants of effective coping with chronic pain...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223788/the-level-of-emotion-control-anxiety-and-self-efficacy-in-the-elderly-in-bialystok-poland
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Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak, Urszula Cwalina
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the level of emotion control, anxiety, and self-efficacy in the inhabitants of Bialystok (Poland) aged above 60. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 300 people above the age of 60, inhabitants of Bialystok and its neighborhoods: 100 residents of public nursing home, 100 participants of the University of the Third Age in Bialystok, and 100 students of the University of Healthy Senior. The three standardized psychometric scales were used in the study: Courtauld Emotional Control Scale (CECS), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES)...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223787/comparing-the-predictive-accuracy-of-frailty-comorbidity-and-disability-for-mortality-a-1-year-follow-up-in-patients-hospitalized-in-geriatric-wards
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Martin Ritt, Julia Isabel Ritt, Cornel Christian Sieber, Karl-Günter Gaßmann
BACKGROUND: Studies evaluating and comparing the power of frailty, comorbidity, and disability instruments, together and in parallel, for predicting mortality are limited. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate and compare the measures of frailty, comorbidity, and disability in predicting 1-year mortality in geriatric inpatients. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS AND SETTING: A total of 307 inpatients aged ≥65 years in geriatric wards of a general hospital participated in the study...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223786/factors-involved-in-the-discontinuation-of-oral-intake-in-elderly-patients-with-recurrent-aspiration-pneumonia-a-multicenter-study
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Tsuneaki Kenzaka, Taro Takeshima, Koki Kosami, Ayako Kumabe, Yuki Ueda, Takeshi Takahashi, Yuya Yamamoto, Yurika Hayashi, Akihito Kitao, Masanobu Okayama
PURPOSE: To assess the factors involved in oral intake discontinuation in elderly patients with recurrent aspiration pneumonia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included patients with pneumonia who were treated at Jichi Medical University Hospital between 2007 and 2013, at Toyooka Public Hospital between 2011 and 2013 and at Yuzawa Community Medical Center between 2010 and 2012. We consecutively enrolled patients with aspiration pneumonia. The primary study point was oral intake discontinuation after the initiation of oral intake during hospitalization in cases of recurrent aspiration...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223785/the-cut-off-values-of-anthropometric-variables-for-predicting-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-malaysian-older-adults-a-large-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Huiloo Won, Manaf Zahara Abdul, Arimi Fitri Mat Ludin, Mohd Azahadi Omar, Rosdinom Razali, Suzana Shahar
PURPOSE: Older adults are at risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and simple anthropometric measurements can be used to screen for this condition. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the cut-off values of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) for predicting the risk of MCI in older Malaysian adults. METHODS: A total of 2,240 Malaysian older adults aged ≥60 years were recruited using multistage random sampling in a population based cross-sectional study...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203067/silent-strain-of-caregiving-exploring-the-best-predictors-of-distress-in-family-carers-of-geriatric-patients
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Katarzyna Bień-Barkowska, Halina Doroszkiewicz, Barbara Bień
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article was to identify the best predictors of distress suffered by family carers (FCs) of geriatric patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 100 FC-geriatric patient dyads was conducted. The negative impact of care (NIoC) subscale of the COPE index was dichotomized to identify lower stress (score of ≤15 on the scale) and higher stress (score of ≥16 on the scale) exerted on FCs by the process of providing care. The set of explanatory variables comprised a wide range of sociodemographic and care-related attributes, including patient-related results from comprehensive geriatric assessments and disease profiles...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203066/models-for-estimating-the-metabolic-syndrome-biological-age-as-the-new-index-for-evaluation-and-management-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Young Gon Kang, Eunkyung Suh, Hyejin Chun, Sun-Hyun Kim, Deog Ki Kim, Chul-Young Bae
PURPOSE: This study aims to propose a metabolic syndrome (MS) biological age model, through which overall evaluation and management of the health status and aging state in MS can be done easily. Through this model, we hope to provide a novel evaluation and management health index that can be utilized in various health care fields. PATIENT AND METHODS: MS parameters from American Heart Association/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute guidelines in 2005 were used as biomarkers for the estimation of MS biological age...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203065/oral-drug-therapy-in-elderly-with-dysphagia-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place
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REVIEW
Serena Logrippo, Giovanna Ricci, Matteo Sestili, Marco Cespi, Letizia Ferrara, Giovanni F Palmieri, Roberta Ganzetti, Giulia Bonacucina, Paolo Blasi
Demographic indicators forecast that by 2050, the elderly will account for about one-third of the global population. Geriatric patients require a large number of medicines, and in most cases, these products are administered as solid oral solid dosage forms, as they are by far the most common formulations on the market. However, this population tends to suffer difficulties with swallowing. Caregivers in hospital geriatric units routinely compound in solid oral dosage forms for dysphagic patients by crushing the tablets or opening the capsules to facilitate administration...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184154/investigation-of-the-effect-of-education-based-on-the-health-belief-model-on-the-adoption-of-hypertension-controlling-behaviors-in-the-elderly
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Mahboobeh Khorsandi, Zohreh Fekrizadeh, Nasrin Roozbahani
PURPOSE: Hypertension is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and has a direct relationship with aging. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of education based on the health belief model (HBM) on the adoption of hypertension-controlling behaviors in the elderly. METHODS: The present quasiexperimental study was conducted on 100 hypertensive elderly persons from Qom, Iran. The questionnaire was completed by the participants before, immediately after, and 3 months after the intervention...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184153/multimorbidity-as-specific-disease-combinations-an-important-predictor-factor-for-mortality-in-octogenarians-the-octabaix-study
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Assumpta Ferrer, Francesc Formiga, Héctor Sanz, Jesús Almeda, Glòria Padrós
BACKGROUND: The population is aging and multimorbidity is becoming a common problem in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of multimorbidity patterns on mortality for all causes at 3- and 5-year follow-up periods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective community-based cohort (2009-2014) embedded within a randomized clinical trial was conducted in seven primary health care centers, including 328 subjects aged 85 years at baseline. Sociodemographic variables, sensory status, cardiovascular risk factors, comorbidity, and geriatric tests were analyzed...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182166/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-practical-guide-for-clinicians
#14
REVIEW
Joanne M Foody
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) significantly contributes to the burden of stroke, particularly in elderly patients. The challenge of optimizing anticoagulation therapy is balancing efficacy and bleeding risk, especially as the same patients at high risk of stroke also tend to be at high risk of bleeding. Treating the elderly patient with NVAF presents special challenges because of their heightened risk for both stroke and bleeding. Despite clinical trial data and evidence-based guidelines, surveys indicate that physicians underuse anticoagulation in older patients for reasons that include overemphasis of bleeding risk, particularly with the increased risk of falling, at the cost of thromboembolic risk...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182163/which-is-preferable-for-orthostatic-hypotension-diagnosis-in-older-adults-active-standing-test-or-head-up-tilt-table-test
#15
Ali Ekrem Aydin, Pinar Soysal, Ahmet Turan Isik
BACKGROUND: Correct evaluation of orthostatic hypotension (OH) is crucial in geriatric practice, since OH is associated with mortality and morbidity. The study aimed to determine the most appropriate method for measuring blood pressure in transition from supine to upright position in order to diagnose OH in older adults. METHODS: Active standing test (AST) and head-up tilt table (HUT) test as well as comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), including mini-mental state examination or the cognitive state test, mini-nutritional assessment, basic and instrumental activities of daily living, and Tinetti performance-oriented mobility assessment indexes, were performed in 290 geriatric patients...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182162/an-investigation-of-quality-improvement-initiatives-in-decreasing-the-rate-of-avoidable-30-day-skilled-nursing-facility-to-hospital-readmissions-a-systematic-review
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Michael Mileski, Joseph Baar Topinka, Kimberly Lee, Matthew Brooks, Christopher McNeil, Jenna Jackson
OBJECTIVES: The main objective was to investigate the applicability and effectiveness of quality improvement initiatives in decreasing the rate of avoidable 30-day, skilled nursing facility (SNF)-to-hospital readmissions. PROBLEM: The rate of rehospitalizations from SNF within 30 days of original discharge has increased within the last decade. SETTING: The research team participants conducted a literature review via Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature and PubMed to collect data about quality improvement implemented in SNFs...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182156/how-do-demographic-transitions-and-public-health-policies-affect-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-brazil
#17
REVIEW
Tânia M Bovolenta, Andre C Felicio
Brazil is currently experiencing a significant demographic transition characterized by a decrease in fertility rates and an exponential increase in the number of elderly citizens, which presents a special challenge for the health care professionals. More than other portions of the population, the elderly are most commonly affected by chronic diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Policymakers contend that Brazil is reasonably well-prepared regarding elderly health care, with policies that aim to ensure the quality of life and the well-being of this portion of the population...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182146/multiple-diabetic-complications-as-well-as-impaired-physical-and-mental-function-are-associated-with-declining-balance-function-in-older-persons-with-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Xiufang Hong, Xujiao Chen, Jiaojiao Chu, Shanshan Shen, Qichen Chai, Gaobo Lou, Lingyan Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a difference in balance function between older persons with and without diabetes mellitus (DM), and to identify whether mediating factors, such as diabetic complications, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) score, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score, as well as hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), serum total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), are associated with balance function in older persons with DM...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176929/onset-of-mortality-increase-with-age-and-age-trajectories-of-mortality-from-all-diseases-in-the-four-nordic-countries
#19
Josef Dolejs, Petra Marešová
BACKGROUND: The answer to the question "At what age does aging begin?" is tightly related to the question "Where is the onset of mortality increase with age?" Age affects mortality rates from all diseases differently than it affects mortality rates from nonbiological causes. Mortality increase with age in adult populations has been modeled by many authors, and little attention has been given to mortality decrease with age after birth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nonbiological causes are excluded, and the category "all diseases" is studied...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176909/outcomes-of-renal-function-in-elderly-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
#20
Qinglin Li, Meng Zhao, Jing Du, Xiaodan Wang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore the prognostic impact of clinical factors on the short-term outcomes of renal function (RF) in very elderly patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective cohort study of only very elderly patients who developed AKI at the geriatric department of a tertiary medical center during the period 2007-2015. All patients with AKI were followed up for 90 days after AKI diagnosis or until death...
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