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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076861/potential-applications-of-smart-multifunctional-wearable-materials-to-gerontology
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David G Armstrong, Bijan Najafi, Mohsen Shahinpoor
Smart multifunctional materials can play a constructive role in addressing some very important aging-related issues. Aging affects the ability of older adults to continue to live safely and economically in their own residences for as long as possible. Thus, there will be a greater need for preventive, acute, rehabilitative, and long-term health care services for older adults as well as a need for tools to enable them to function independently during daily activities. The objective of this paper is, thus, to present a comprehensive review of some potential smart materials and their areas of applications to gerontology...
January 12, 2017: Gerontology
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/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/28050224/perspectives-from-geriatric-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-their-caregivers-on-gaps-in-care-quality
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Nahid Azad, G Lemay, J Li, M Benzaquen, L Khoury
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that care experiences for complex HF patients could be improved by simple organizational and process changes, rather than complex clinical mechanisms. This survey identifies care gaps and recommends simple changes. METHODS: The study utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods at The Ottawa Hospital, Geriatric Medical Unit during a three-month period. RESULTS: Nineteen patients (average age 85, 12 female) surveyed...
December 2016: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050223/geriatric-homelessness-association-with-emergency-department-utilization
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Ana Hategan, Daniel Tisi, Mariam Abdurrahman, James A Bourgeois
BACKGROUND: Homeless adults frequently use emergency departments (EDs), yet previous studies investigating ED utilization by the older segment received little attention. This study sought to characterize older homeless adults who utilized local urban EDs. METHODS: ED encounters at three hospitals in Hamilton (Ont.) were analyzed, and demographic and clinical characteristics of the older homeless (age > 50) vs. younger counterparts (age ≤ 50) were compared during a 24-month period...
December 2016: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049616/three-decades-of-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-evidence-coming-from-different-healthcare-settings-and-specific-clinical-conditions
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REVIEW
Alberto Pilotto, Alberto Cella, Andrea Pilotto, Julia Daragjati, Nicola Veronese, Clarissa Musacchio, Anna Maria Mello, Giancarlo Logroscino, Alessandro Padovani, Camilla Prete, Francesco Panza
Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment process that identifies medical, psychosocial, and functional capabilities of older adults to develop a coordinated plan to maximize overall health with aging. Specific criteria used by CGA programs to evaluate patients include age, medical comorbidities, psychosocial problems, previous or predicted high healthcare utilization, change in living situation, and specific geriatric conditions. However, no universal criteria have been agreed upon to readily identify patients who are likely to benefit from CGA...
December 31, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029586/social-determinants-multimorbidity-and-patterns-of-end-of-life-care-in-older-adults-dying-from-cancer
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Siran M Koroukian, Nicholas K Schiltz, David F Warner, Charles W Given, Mark Schluchter, Cynthia Owusu, Nathan A Berger
OBJECTIVE: Most prior studies on aggressive end-of-life care in older patients with cancer have accounted for social determinants of health (e.g., race, income, and education), but rarely for multimoribidity (MM). In this study, we examine the association between end-of-life care and each of the social determinants of health and MM, hypothesizing that higher MM is associated with less aggressive care. METHODS: From the linked 1991-2008 Health and Retirement Study, Medicare data, and the National Death Index, we identified fee-for-service patients age ≥66years who died from cancer (n=835)...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026728/-influence-of-the-weather-on-the-incidence-of-fractures-in-the-elderly
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F Burget, O Foltán, J Kraus, K Kudrna, M Novák, J Ulrych
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The incidence of geriatric fractures (proximal femur, distal radius, proximal humerus and thoracolumbar spine injuries) in the population increases with ageing. However, the role of weather conditions, such as icy and slippery winter, should not be overlooked. A deeper insight into this relationship may bring about a better understanding of the fracture aetiology and thus allow for improvement in the prevention of fractures in elderly people. MATERIAL AND METHODS This prospective study included 676 patients (469 women and 207 men) aged 65 and over...
2016: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974304/improving-hip-fracture-outcomes-with-integrated-orthogeriatric-care-a-comparison-between-two-accepted-orthogeriatric-models
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Mark Middleton, Bettina Wan, Ruy da Assunçāo
BACKGROUND: our orthopaedic trauma unit serves a large elderly population, admitting 400-500 hip fractures annually. A higher than expected mortality was detected amongst these patients, prompting a change in the hip fracture pathway. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a change in orthogeriatric provision on hip fracture outcomes and care quality indicators. PATIENTS AND METHODS: the hip fracture pathway was changed from a geriatric consultation service to a completely integrated service on a dedicated orthogeriatric ward...
December 14, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940568/can-consultant-geriatrician-led-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-in-the-emergency-department-reduce-hospital-admission-rates-a-systematic-review
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Samuel Jay, Paula Whittaker, Jerome Mcintosh, Nicholas Hadden
OBJECTIVE: economic and demographic pressures are driving a need to reassess the way in which we care for older patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs). This systematic review seeks to assess the extent to which performing comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in the ED can reduce admission rates. DESIGN: systematic search of both published and unpublished literature to identify studies reporting admission rates following the introduction of consultant geriatrician led teams performing CGA in the ED...
December 9, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939318/successful-geriatric-rehabilitation-effects-on-patients-outcome-of-a-national-program-to-improve-quality-of-care-the-singer-study
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Marije S Holstege, Monique A A Caljouw, Ineke G Zekveld, Romke van Balen, Aafke J de Groot, Jolanda C M van Haastregt, Jos M G A Schols, Cees M P M Hertogh, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Wilco P Achterberg
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the implementation of a national program to improve quality of care in geriatric rehabilitation (GR) in the Netherlands improves successful GR in terms of independence in activities of daily living (ADL), discharge destination, and length of stay. DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal study, comparing 2 consecutive cohorts: at the start of implementation (n = 386) and at 1 year after implementation (n = 357) of this program. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Included were 16 skilled nursing facilities, 743 patients (median age 80 years, interquartile range 72-85; 64...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913561/hospitals-and-patients-working-in-unity-how-r-u-protocol-for-a-prospective-feasibility-study-of-telephone-peer-support-to-improve-older-patients-quality-of-life-after-emergency-department-discharge
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Judy A Lowthian, Alyse Lennox, Andrea Curtis, Jeremy Dale, Colette Browning, De Villiers Smit, Gillian Wilson, Debra O'Brien, Cate Rosewarne, Lee Boyd, Cath Garner, Peter Cameron
INTRODUCTION: Older people presenting to an emergency department (ED) have a higher likelihood of social isolation, loneliness and depression; which are all associated with negative health outcomes and increased health service use, including higher rates of ED attendance. The HOW R U? study aims to ascertain the feasibility and acceptability of a postdischarge telephone support programme for older ED patients following discharge. The intervention, which aims to improve quality of life, will be delivered by hospital-based volunteers...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885228/factors-associated-with-the-prognosis-of-elderly-patients-with-advanced-dementia-who-receive-palliative-care-from-geriatric-health-services-facilities
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Keizo Sakai, Yasuhiko Masuda, Kunio Miyanishi
AIM: The aim of the present study is to identify the factors associated with the prognosis of advanced dementia patients who are newly admitted to a geriatric health services facility. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used data that were obtained on admission in the care-assessment of long-term care facility patients. The 177 participants with advanced dementia were admitted to our facility between 2006 and 2013. The association between the factors in the care-assessment and the three-month-mortality rates were examined throughout the year...
2016: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875828/application-of-geriatric-principles-and-care-models-in-hiv-and-aging
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Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn, Anchalee Avihingsanon, Jonathan S Appelbaum
People aging with HIV present a unique challenge for providers. HIV-infected patients experience accentuated aging and multimorbidity, but are typically disconnected from geriatric care, which is limited by a shortage of geriatric providers worldwide. Consequently, HIV providers are tasked with managing multiple age-related illnesses, within service networks that are historically not designed to care for aging patients. While comfortable with the management of antiretroviral therapy, HIV providers may have limited training on how to recognize or manage geriatric syndromes, especially in the context of multimorbidity...
2017: Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858179/outcome-parameters-in-orthogeriatric-co%C3%A2-management%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-mini-review
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REVIEW
Radko Komadina, Klaus W Wendt, Gerold Holzer, Tomaž Kocjan
Recognizing hip and other fragility fractures as an adverse event of chronic geriatric conditions led to the concept of orthogeriatric co-management (OGC). OGC today represents various forms of structural cooperation between orthopedic trauma surgeons and multiprofessional geriatric teams taking care of frail elderly patients. The models are country specific. Despite several published models there are still no clear recommendations on how this service should be best organized. The 12 outcome parameters published by the Experts' Roundtable in 2013 were recommended to be used for the further assessment of different OCG models...
December 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830996/permanent-emergency-inequality-in-access-to-hospitalisation-among-urban-elderly-chinese
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Tim F Liao, Cuntong Wang
The phenomenon of elderly patients staying in hospital emergency department observation units for extended time in urban China poses a challenge to China's healthcare system and presents a social problem of inequality. In this paper, we analyse statistics collected from 16 major public hospitals in Beijing to assess the extent and intensity of the problem and examine interviews of medical professionals to understand the mechanisms linking the issue to the Chinese healthcare system. We study the issue with the literature on market transition theory and on China's recent healthcare reforms and view this age-based inequality as an outcome of the economic and social transformations in China...
November 10, 2016: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828887/comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-for-trauma-operationalizing-the-trauma-quality-improvement-program-directive
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Stephanie Devore, Sara E Parli, Douglas R Oyler, Andrew Bernard
Elderly patients are the fastest growing trauma demographic and present some of the most complicated clinical challenges. This feasibility study employed observational data from a geriatric cohort. Comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) were performed biweekly on eligible patients, 65 years or older, who met screening criteria. Mobility, activities of daily living impairment, frailty, and depression were screened and documented, and along with summative recommendations, were entered into the medical record, communicated to the patient's primary care provider, and discussed with family...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816309/-the-seasonal-flu-vaccination-among-caregivers-in-geriatric-units-up-to-date
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E Contal, A Putot, M Dipanda, S Perrin, S Asgassou, H Sordet-Guépet, P Manckoundia
BACKGROUND: Flu vaccinations for healthcare professionals seems to be one of the most effective preventive actions in the face of a disease that carries a high risk of a potentially serious nosocomial epidemic in a geriatric environment. The aim of this study was to take stock of the flu vaccination status among caregivers in the geriatric units and to understand the reasons for their reluctance to be vaccinated, in order to put forward proposals to improve vaccination coverage. METHOD: A literature search of articles published since 2000 in the area of geriatrics, infectious diseases or pneumology was mainly conducted on PubMed using the keywords "caregivers", "elderly", "flu", "influenza", "nosocomial" and "vaccination"...
December 2016: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815954/development-of-a-middle-age-and-geriatric-trauma-mortality-risk-score-a-tool-to-guide-palliative-care-consultations
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Sanjit R Konda, Rachel Seymour, Arthur Manoli, Jordan Gales, Madhav A Karunakar
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to develop a tool to quantify risk of inpatient mortality among geriatric and middleaged trauma patients. This study sought to demonstrate the ability of the novel risk score in the early identification of high risk trauma patients for resource-sparing interventions, including referral to palliative medicine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study utilized data from a single level 1 trauma center. Regression analysis was used to create a novel risk of inpatient mortality score...
November 2016: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774584/montefiore-einstein-center-for-the-aging-brain-preliminary-data
#20
Joe Verghese, Rubina Malik, Jessica Zwerling
Given the multifaceted nature of dementia care management, an interdisciplinary comprehensive clinical approach is necessary. We describe our one-year experience with outpatient based dementia care at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for the Aging Brain (CAB) involving an multispecialty team of geriatricians, neurologists, and neuropsychologists, supported by geriatric psychiatrists, physiatrists, and social services. The goals of the CAB is to maximize dementia outcomes, including regular monitoring of patient's health and cognition, education and support to patients, their families and caregivers; initiation of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments as appropriate, and the facilitation of access to clinical trials...
November 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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