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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230924/self-reported-health-enhancing-physical-activity-recommendation-adherence-among-64-380-finnish-adults
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Jason A Bennie, Zeljko Pedisic, Jaana H Suni, Kari Tokola, Pauliina Husu, Stuart J H Biddle, Tommi Vasankari
The Finnish recommendations for health-enhancing physical activity (PA) for adults (≥18 years) recommend: (i) ≥150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA); and (ii) activities that develop muscle strength and balance ≥2 days per week. However, adherence to these recommendations among the Finnish adults is currently unknown. This paper reports on the self-reported adherence to the PA recommendations and associations with sociodemographic factors among Finnish adults. Data were used from the Finnish 'Regional Health and Well-being Study'...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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/28226832/detection-of-compensatory-balance-responses-using-wearable-electromyography-sensors-for-fall-risk-assessment
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Mina Nouredanesh, Sunil L Kukreja, James Tung, Mina Nouredanesh, Sunil L Kukreja, James Tung, Mina Nouredanesh, Sunil L Kukreja, James Tung
Loss of balance is prevalent in older adults and populations with gait and balance impairments. The present paper aims to develop a method to automatically distinguish compensatory balance responses (CBRs) from normal gait, based on activity patterns of muscles involved in maintaining balance. In this study, subjects were perturbed by lateral pushes while walking and surface electromyography (sEMG) signals were recorded from four muscles in their right leg. To extract sEMG time domain features, several filtering characteristics and segmentation approaches are examined...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225644/a-narrative-synthesis-of-nintendo-wii-fit-gaming-protocol-in-addressing-balance-among-healthy-older-adults-what-system-works
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Donald G Manlapaz, Gisela Sole, Prasath Jayakaran, Cathy M Chapple
BACKGROUND: Balance is crucial in performing functional tasks particularly among older adults. Exergaming is gaining attention as a novel approach to enhance balance in a number of clinical populations. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to synthesize and present published evidence for Nintendo Wii Fit™ gaming system protocols. These include game preference, intervention setting, and exercise dosage for improving balance in healthy older adults. Commonly used outcome measures were also identified...
February 22, 2017: Games for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224699/comparison-of-four-criteria-for-potentially-inappropriate-medications-in-brazilian-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Priscila Horta Novaes, Danielle Teles da Cruz, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Isabel Cristina Gonçalves Leite, Giancarlo Lucchetti
AIM: To compare four potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) criteria from different regions of the world in terms of their characteristics, concordance, sensitivity, specificity and predictive values in a community-dwelling sample. METHODS: A cross-sectional, observational, epidemiological study was carried out by a door-to-door survey in a Brazilian city. The following PIM criteria were applied: Beers-2015, Screening Tool of Older People's Potentially Inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP)-2015, The European Union (EU)(7)-PIM list and Taiwan criteria...
February 22, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223073/immunotherapy-comes-of-age-immune-aging-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Rawad Elias, Theodoros Karantanos, Elizabeth Sira, Kevan L Hartshorn
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are based on the understanding that there are multilayered checks and balances which can be manipulated to unleash already existing, but paralyzed, immune responses to cancer. These agents are safer and more efficacious than classic cytotoxic drugs making them a very attractive therapeutic option, especially in older adults. Current available data do not suggest significant age-associated differences in the clinical profile of ICIs. It must be noted, however, that there is still relatively little information on the use of ICIs in adults over 75years of age and aging is associated with a decline in the immune system or "immunosenescence" which theoretically can reduce the efficacy of these immune based therapies...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222783/walking-in-fully-immersive-virtual-environments-an-evaluation-of-potential-adverse-effects-in-older-adults-and-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Aram Kim, Nora Darakjian, James M Finley
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality (VR) has recently been explored as a tool for neurorehabilitation to enable individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) to practice challenging skills in a safe environment. Current technological advances have enabled the use of affordable, fully immersive head-mounted displays (HMDs) for potential therapeutic applications. However, while previous studies have used HMDs in individuals with PD, these were only used for short bouts of walking. Clinical applications of VR for gait training would likely involve an extended exposure to the virtual environment, which has the potential to cause individuals with PD to experience simulator-related adverse effects due to their age or pathology...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222191/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-using-static-posturography
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Jennifer Howcroft, Edward D Lemaire, Jonathan Kofman, William E McIlroy
Maintaining and controlling postural balance is important for activities of daily living, with poor postural balance being predictive of future falls. This study investigated eyes open and eyes closed standing posturography with elderly adults to identify differences and determine appropriate outcome measure cut-off scores for prospective faller, single-faller, multi-faller, and non-faller classifications. 100 older adults (75.5 ± 6.7 years) stood quietly with eyes open and then eyes closed while Wii Balance Board data were collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221668/effect-of-physical-activity-versus-health-education-on-physical-function-grip-strength-and-mobility
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Adam J Santanasto, Nancy W Glynn, Laura C Lovato, Steven N Blair, Roger A Fielding, Thomas M Gill, Jack M Guralnik, Fang-Chi Hsu, Abby C King, Elsa S Strotmeyer, Todd M Manini, Anthony P Marsh, Mary M McDermott, Bret H Goodpaster, Marco Pahor, Anne B Newman
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) reduces the rate of mobility disability, compared with health education (HE), in at risk older adults. It is important to understand aspects of performance contributing to this benefit. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate intervention effects on tertiary physical performance outcomes. DESIGN: The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) was a multi-centered, single-blind randomized trial of older adults...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218341/influence-of-hip-and-knee-osteoarthritis-on-dynamic-postural-control-parameters-among-older-fallers
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Sumaiyah Mat, Chin Teck Ng, Maw Pin Tan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the relationship between postural control and knee and hip osteoarthritis in older adults with and without a history of falls. METHODS: Fallers were those with ≥ 2 falls or 1 injurious fall over 12 months. Non-fallers were volunteers with no falls in the past year. Radiological evidence of osteoarthritis with no reported symptoms was considered "asymptomatic osteoarthritis", while "symptomatic osteoarthritis" was defined as radiographic osteoarthritis with pain or stiffness...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216585/effect-of-indoor-temperature-on-physical-performance-in-older-adults-during-days-with-normal-temperature-and-heat-waves
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Ulrich Lindemann, Anja Stotz, Nina Beyer, Juha Oksa, Dawn A Skelton, Clemens Becker, Kilian Rapp, Jochen Klenk
Indoor temperature is relevant with regard to mortality and heat-related self-perceived health problems. The aim of this study was to describe the association between indoor temperature and physical performance in older adults. Eighty-one older adults (84% women, mean age 80.9 years, standard deviation 6.53) were visited every four weeks from May to October 2015 and additionally during two heat waves in July and August 2015. Indoor temperature, habitual gait speed, chair-rise performance and balance were assessed...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214234/reablement-reactivation-rehabilitation-and-restorative-interventions-with-older-adults-in-receipt-of-home-care-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Joanie Sims-Gould, Catherine E Tong, Lutetia Wallis-Mayer, Maureen C Ashe
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the impact of reablement, reactivation, rehabilitation, and restorative (4R) programs for older adults in receipt of home care services. DESIGN: Systematic review. DATA SOURCES: We searched the following electronic bibliographic databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health), SPORTDiscus and The Cochrane Library and reference lists. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials that describe original data on the impact of home-based rehabilitative care and were written in English...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212648/formulation-of-evidence-based-messages-to-promote-the-use-of-physical-activity-to-prevent-and-manage-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Jennifer Heisz, John C Spence, Ilana B Clark, Jordan Antflick, Chris I Ardern, Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Mary Duggan, Audrey L Hicks, Amy E Latimer-Cheung, Laura Middleton, Kirk Nylen, Donald H Paterson, Chelsea Pelletier, Michael A Rotondi
BACKGROUND: The impending public health impact of Alzheimer's disease is tremendous. Physical activity is a promising intervention for preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease. However, there is a lack of evidence-based public health messaging to support this position. This paper describes the application of the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation II (AGREE-II) principles to formulate an evidence-based message to promote physical activity for the purposes of preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease...
February 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212496/antipsychotic-use-in-dementia
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Julia Kirkham, Chelsea Sherman, Clive Velkers, Colleen Maxwell, Sudeep Gill, Paula Rochon, Dallas Seitz
Antipsychotics are necessary for many older adults to treat major mental illnesses or reduce distressing psychiatric symptoms. Current controversy exists over the role of antipsychotics in the management of neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in persons with dementia. Although some NPS may be appropriately and safely treated with antipsychotics, a fine balance must be achieved between the benefits of these medications, which are often modest, and adverse events, which may have significant consequences. Approximately one-third of all persons with dementia are currently prescribed antipsychotic medications, and there is significant variation in the use of antipsychotics across care settings and providers...
March 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197672/functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-fnirs-brain-imaging-of-multi-sensory-integration-during-computerized-dynamic-posturography-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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Chia-Cheng Lin, Jeffrey W Barker, Patrick J Sparto, Joseph M Furman, Theodore J Huppert
Studies suggest that aging affects the sensory re-weighting process, but the neuroimaging evidence is minimal. Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a novel neuroimaging tool that can detect brain activities during dynamic movement condition. In this study, fNIRS was used to investigate the hemodynamic changes in the frontal-lateral, temporal-parietal, and occipital regions of interest (ROIs) during four sensory integration conditions that manipulated visual and somatosensory feedback in 15 middle-aged and 15 older adults...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197085/anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-does-not-facilitate-dynamic-balance-task-learning-in-healthy-old-adults
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Elisabeth Kaminski, Maike Hoff, Viola Rjosk, Christopher J Steele, Christopher Gundlach, Bernhard Sehm, Arno Villringer, Patrick Ragert
Older adults frequently experience a decrease in balance control that leads to increased numbers of falls, injuries and hospitalization. Therefore, evaluating older adults' ability to maintain balance and examining new approaches to counteract age-related decline in balance control is of great importance for fall prevention and healthy aging. Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have been shown to beneficially influence motor behavior and motor learning...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188585/assessing-the-effects-of-interpersonal-and-intrapersonal-behavior-change-strategies-on-physical-activity-in-older-adults-a-factorial-experiment
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Siobhan K McMahon, Beth Lewis, J Michael Oakes, Jean F Wyman, Weihua Guan, Alexander J Rothman
BACKGROUND: Little is known about which behavior change strategies motivate older adults to increase their physical activity. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the relative effects of two sets of behavior change strategies to motivate increased physical activity among older adults: interpersonal and intrapersonal. METHODS: Community-dwelling older adults (N = 102, mean age = 79) were randomized in a 2 × 2 factorial experiment to receive interpersonal (e...
February 10, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186825/balancing-safety-and-harm-for-older-adults-with-dementia-in-rural-emergency-departments-healthcare-professionals-perspectives
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Kathleen F Hunter, Belinda Parke, Maureen Babb, Dorothy Forbes, Laurel Strain
INTRODUCTION: The emergency department (ED) is a potentially harmful environment for older adults with dementia, and rural EDs face unique challenges in providing care to this population. The purpose of this study was to understand safety and harm in rural ED transitional care for community dwelling older adults with dementia from the perspective of healthcare professionals (HCPs). METHODS: An interpretive, descriptive exploratory design from a social ecological perspective was used...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
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
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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
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