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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102893/the-evolving-health-policy-landscape-and-suggested-geriatric-tenets-to-guide-future-responses
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Robert L Kane, Debra Saliba, Peter Hollmann
Speculation is rampant about what the new leadership in the White House and continued Republican leadership of both houses of Congress will do about health care. The concordance in party affiliation between President Trump and the congressional majority makes revisions in policy that is relevant to the health of older adults a virtual certainty. Past Republican legislative proposals and the current appointments to lead Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presage several potential areas of change...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096664/predictors-of-outcomes-following-reablement-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Hanne Tuntland, Ingvild Kjeken, Eva Langeland, Bjarte Folkestad, Birgitte Espehaug, Oddvar Førland, Mona Kristin Aaslund
BACKGROUND: Reablement is a rehabilitation intervention for community-dwelling older adults, which has recently been implemented in several countries. Its purpose is to improve functional ability in daily occupations (everyday activities) perceived as important by the older person. Performance and satisfaction with performance in everyday life are the major outcomes of reablement. However, the evidence base concerning which factors predict better outcomes and who receives the greatest benefit in reablement is lacking...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094873/effects-of-adding-whole-body-vibration-to-routine-day-activity-program-on-physical-functioning-in-elderly-with-mild-or-moderate-dementia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Freddy M H Lam, L R Liao, Timothy C Y Kwok, Marco Y C Pang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) added to a routine activity program on lower limb strength, balance, and mobility among community-dwelling individuals with mild or moderate dementia, compared with the routine program alone. METHODS: Fifty-four older adults (40 women; mean (SD) age: 79.8 (6.1) years) with mild or moderate dementia were recruited from two daycare centers. The participants were randomly allocated to undergo a routine day activity program combined with WBV training (WBV at 30 Hz, 2-mm peak-to-peak amplitude) or the routine program only without WBV for 9 weeks (18 sessions)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090397/insights-about-fall-prevention-of-older-adults-in-the-state-of-hawai-i
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Yuka Yamazaki, Cullen T Hayashida, Valerie Yontz
The senior population in Hawai'i is growing at a dramatic pace. In the older population, falls and fall-related injuries are leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Moreover, the health care costs for falls are very high. The State of Hawai'i has taken measures to prevent falls through the promotion of medication reviews, vision checks, home assessments, and exercise. However, current published examinations of fall preventive measures have been insufficient, and more research is needed to confirm risk factors, effectiveness of preventive measures, and to explore future objectives...
January 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088064/improved-cognition-while-cycling-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-and-healthy-adults
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Audrey A Hazamy, Lori J P Altmann, Elizabeth Stegemöller, Dawn Bowers, Hyo Keun Lee, Jonathan Wilson, Michael S Okun, Chris J Hass
Persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) are typically more susceptible than healthy adults to impaired performance when two tasks (dual task interference) are performed simultaneously. This limitation has by many experts been attributed to limitations in cognitive resources. Nearly all studies of dual task performance in PD employ walking or balance-based motor tasks, which are commonly impaired in PD. These tasks can be performed using a combination of one or two executive function tasks. The current study examined whether persons with PD would demonstrate greater dual task effects (DTEs) on cognition compared to healthy older adults (HOAs) during a concurrent cycling task...
January 11, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079635/influences-of-age-obesity-and-adverse-drug-effects-on-balance-and-mobility-testing-scores-in-ambulatory-older-adults
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Eric Anson, Elizabeth Thompson, Brian L Odle, John Jeka, Zachary F Walls, Peter C Panus
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The adverse effects of drugs may influence results on tests of mobility and balance, but the drug-specific impact is not identified when using these tests. We propose that a quantitative drug index (QDI) will assist in assessing fall risk based on these tests, when combined with other fall risk variables. METHODS: Fifty-seven community-dwelling older adults who could walk independently on a treadmill and had Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores equal to or greater than 24 participated...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079632/interrater-and-test-retest-reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-the-balance-evaluation-systems-test-bestest-and-subsystems-with-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Elizabeth Wang-Hsu, Susan S Smith
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Falls are a common cause of injuries and hospital admissions in older adults. Balance limitation is a potentially modifiable factor contributing to falls. The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest), a clinical balance measure, categorizes balance into 6 underlying subsystems. Each of the subsystems is scored individually and summed to obtain a total score. The reliability of the BESTest and its individual subsystems has been reported in patients with various neurological disorders and cancer survivors...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079616/evaluation-of-an-outpatient-rehabilitative-program-to-address-mobility-limitations-among-older-adults
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Lorna G Brown, Meng Ni, Catherine T Schmidt, Jonathan F Bean
Live Long Walk Strong is a clinical demonstration program for community-dwelling older patients. It was designed to be consistent with current fall prevention guidelines and reimbursed under the Medicare model. Patients were screened within primary care and referred to a physiatrist followed by systematic assessment and treatment within an outpatient rehabilitative care setting. The treatment included behavioral modification, fall prevention education, community/home exercise integration, and exercise targeting strength, power, flexibility, balance, and endurance...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078090/the-effect-of-ongoing-feedback-on-physical-activity-levels-following-an-exercise-intervention-in-older-adults-a-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Katie-Jane Brickwood, Stuart T Smith, Greig Watson, Andrew D Williams
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity ranks as a major contributing factor in the development and progression of chronic disease. Lifestyle interventions reduce the progression of chronic disease, however, compliance decreases over time and health effects only persist as long as the new lifestyle is maintained. Telephone counselling (TC) is an effective way to provide individuals with ongoing support to maintain lifestyle changes. Remote physical activity monitoring and feedback (RAMF) via interactive technologies such as activity trackers and smartphones may be a cost-effective alternative to TC, however, this comparison has not been made...
2017: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077603/influence-of-focus-of-attention-reinvestment-and-fall-history-on-elderly-gait-stability
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Jonathan L A de Melker Worms, John F Stins, Erwin E H van Wegen, Ian D Loram, Peter J Beek
Falls represent a substantial risk in the elderly. Previous studies have found that a focus on the outcome or effect of the movement (external focus of attention) leads to improved balance performance, whereas a focus on the movement execution itself (internal focus of attention) impairs balance performance in elderly. A shift toward more conscious, explicit forms of motor control occurs when existing declarative knowledge is recruited in motor control, a phenomenon called reinvestment. We investigated the effects of attentional focus and reinvestment on gait stability in elderly fallers and nonfallers...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077348/user-centered-design-of-serious-games-for-older-adults-following-3-years-of-experience-with-exergames-for-seniors-a-study-design
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Ellen Brox, Stathis Th Konstantinidis, Gunn Evertsen
BACKGROUND: Seniors need sufficient balance and strength to manage in daily life, and sufficient physical activity is required to achieve and maintain these abilities. This can be a challenge, but fun and motivational exergames can be of help. However, most commercial games are not suited for this age group for several reasons. Many usability studies and user-centered design (UCD) protocols have been developed and applied, but to the best of our knowledge none of them are focusing on seniors' use of games for physical activity...
January 11, 2017: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070457/the-concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-the-leg-motion-system-for-measuring-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-in-older-adults
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Carlos Romero Morales, César Calvo Lobo, David Rodríguez Sanz, Irene Sanz Corbalán, Beatriz Ruiz Ruiz, Daniel López López
BACKGROUND: New reliable devices for range of motion (ROM) measures in older adults are necessary to improve knowledge about the functional capability in this population. Dorsiflexion ROM limitation is associated with ankle injuries, foot pain, lower limb disorders, loss of balance, gait control disorders and fall risk in older adults. The aim of the present study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Leg Motion device for measuring ankle dorsiflexion ROM in older adults. METHODS: Adescriptive repeated-measures study was designed to test the reliability of Leg Motion in thirty-three healthy elderly patients older than 65 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069887/mandatory-physician-reporting-of-at-risk-drivers-the-older-driver-example
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Yll Agimi, Steven M Albert, Ada O Youk, Patricia I Documet, Claudia A Steiner
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: In a number of states, physicians are mandated by state law to report at-risk drivers to licensing authorities. Often these patients are older adult drivers who may exhibit unsafe driving behaviors, have functional/cognitive impairments, or are diagnosed with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and/or seizure disorders. The hypothesis that mandatory physician reporting laws reduce the rate of crash-related hospitalizations among older adult drivers was tested...
January 9, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053011/dismantling-the-silence-lgbtq-aging-emerging-from-the-margins
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Karen I Fredriksen-Goldsen
Historical, environmental, and cultural contexts intersect with aging, sexuality, and gender across communities and generations. My scholarship investigates health and well-being over the life course across marginalized communities, including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) midlife and older adults, native communities experiencing cardiovascular risk, and families in China living with HIV, in order to balance the realities of unique lives in contemporary society. By probing the intersection of age, sexuality, and gender, my analysis is informed by both personal and professional experiences...
January 3, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039296/effectiveness-of-senior-dance-on-risk-factors-for-falls-in-older-adults-danse-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Marcia R Franco, Catherine Sherrington, Anne Tiedemann, Leani S Pereira, Monica R Perracini, Claudia R S Faria, Rafael Z Pinto, Carlos M Pastre
INTRODUCTION: Strong evidence shows that exercise is effective to improve fall risk factors among older people. However, older people's participation and adherence to exercise programmes is suboptimal. Type of exercise and apathy are reported to be barriers to exercise participation, suggesting that new effective interventions are needed. The primary aim of this randomised controlled trial is to investigate the effect of Senior Dance plus brief education for falls prevention on balance among people aged 60 years or over, compared with a control group receiving only brief education...
December 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029066/cardiac-autonomic-and-haemodynamic-recovery-after-a-single-session-of-aerobic-exercise-with-and-without-blood-flow-restriction-in-older-adults
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Marina Lívia Venturini Ferreira, Amanda Veiga Sardeli, Giovana Vergínia De Souza, Valéria Bonganha, Lucas Do Carmo Santos, Alex Castro, Cláudia Regina Cavaglieri, Mara Patrícia Traina Chacon-Mikahil
This study investigated the autonomic and haemodynamic responses to different aerobic exercise loads, with and without blood flow restriction (BFR). In a crossover study, 21 older adults (8 males and 13 females) completed different aerobic exercise sessions: low load without BFR (LL) (40% VO2max), low load with BFR (LL-BFR) (40% VO2max + 50% BFR) and high load without BFR (HL) (70% VO2max). Heart rate variability and haemodynamic responses were recorded during rest and throughout 30 min of recovery. HL reduced R-R interval, the root mean square of successive difference of R-R intervals and high frequency during 30 min of recovery at a greater magnitude compared with LL and LL-BFR...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012644/ankle-brachial-index-and-physical-function-in-older-individuals-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Kunihiro Matsushita, Shoshana H Ballew, Yingying Sang, Corey Kalbaugh, Laura R Loehr, Alan T Hirsch, Hirofumi Tanaka, Gerardo Heiss, B Gwen Windham, Elizabeth Selvin, Josef Coresh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Most prior studies investigating the association of lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) with physical function were small or analyzed selected populations (e.g., patients at vascular clinics or persons with reduced function), leaving particular uncertainty regarding the association in the general community. METHODS: Among 5262 ARIC participants (age 71-90 years during 2011-2013), we assessed the cross-sectional association of ankle-brachial index (ABI) with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) score (0-12), its individual components (chair stands, standing balance, and gait speed) (0-4 points each), and grip strength after accounting for potential confounders, including a history of coronary disease, stroke, or heart failure...
November 23, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008603/a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-effects-of-chair-yoga-on-pain-and-physical-function-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-with-lower-extremity-osteoarthritis
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Juyoung Park, Ruth McCaffrey, David Newman, Patricia Liehr, Joseph G Ouslander
OBJECTIVES: To determine effects of Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga, compared to a Health Education program (HEP), on pain and physical function in older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA) who could not participate in standing exercise. DESIGN: Two-arm randomized controlled trial. SETTING: One HUD senior housing facility and one day senior center in south Florida. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults (N = 131) were randomly assigned to chair yoga (n = 66) or HEP (n = 65)...
December 23, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000144/standing-balance-and-strength-measurements-in-older-adults-living-in-residential-care-communities
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Bader A Alqahtani, Mary Ann Ferchak, Theodore J Huppert, Ervin Sejdic, Subashan Perera, Susan L Greenspan, Patrick J Sparto
Research on balance and mobility in older adults has been conducted primarily in lab-based settings in individuals who live in the community. Although they are at greater risk of falls, residents of long-term care facilities, specifically residential care communities (RCCs), have been investigated much less frequently. We sought to determine the feasibility of using portable technology-based measures of balance and muscle strength (i.e., an accelerometer and a load cell) that can be used in any RCC facility...
December 20, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999771/validation-of-evidence-based-fall-prevention-programs-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-or-developmental-disorders-a-modified-otago-exercise-program
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Mindy Renfro, Donna B Bainbridge, Matthew Lee Smith
INTRODUCTION: Evidence-based fall prevention (EBFP) programs significantly decrease fall risk, falls, and fall-related injuries in community-dwelling older adults. To date, EBFP programs are only validated for use among people with normal cognition and, therefore, are not evidence-based for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disorders (IDD) such as Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, cerebral vascular accident, or traumatic brain injury. BACKGROUND: Adults with IDD experience not only a higher rate of falls than their community-dwelling, cognitively intact peers but also higher rates and earlier onset of chronic diseases, also known to increase fall risk...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
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