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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
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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/27914913/vitamin-fortified-snack-food-may-lead-consumers-to-make-poor-dietary-decisions
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Linda Verrill, Dallas Wood, Sheryl Cates, Amy Lando, Yuanting Zhang
BACKGROUND: The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) fortification policy discourages the fortification of certain foods, including sugars and snack foods such as cookies, candies, cakes, chips, and carbonated beverages, yet manufacturers sometimes add vitamins and minerals to snack foods. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether vitamin-fortified snack foods affect consumers' information-seeking, purchase decisions, and product-related health perceptions. DESIGN: For this experimental study, participants were randomly assigned to study conditions to compare products that varied in product type, nutrition profile, and fortification and nutrient claim status...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914848/falls-cognitive-impairment-and-gait-performance-results-from-the-good-initiative
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Gilles Allali, Cyrille P Launay, Helena M Blumen, Michele L Callisaya, Anne-Marie De Cock, Reto W Kressig, Velandai Srikanth, Jean-Paul Steinmetz, Joe Verghese, Olivier Beauchet
OBJECTIVES: Falls are highly prevalent in individuals with cognitive decline. The complex relationship between falls and cognitive decline (including both subtype and severity of dementia) and the influence of gait disorders have not been studied. This study aimed to examine the association between the subtype (Alzheimer disease [AD] versus non-AD) and the severity (from preclinical to moderate dementia) of cognitive impairment and falls, and to establish an association between falls and gait parameters during the course of dementia...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913870/managing-knee-osteoarthritis-with-yoga-or-aerobic-strengthening-exercise-programs-in-older-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Corjena Cheung, Jean F Wyman, Ulf Bronas, Teresa McCarthy, Kyle Rudser, Michelle A Mathiason
Although exercise is often recommended for managing osteoarthritis (OA), limited evidence-based exercise options are available for older adults with OA. This study compared the effects of Hatha yoga (HY) and aerobic/strengthening exercises (ASE) on knee OA. Randomized controlled trial with three arms design was used: HY, ASE, and education control. Both HY and ASE groups involved 8 weekly 45-min group classes with 2-4 days/week home practice sessions. Control group received OA education brochures and weekly phone calls from study staff...
December 2, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913764/ethnic-differences-in-fall-risk-among-community-dwelling-older-people-in-the-netherlands
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Fatima El Fakiri, Amber A Kegel, Gea M Schouten, Mary P H Berns
OBJECTIVE: This study measures the prevalence of falls and fear of falling among a population sample aged ≥65 years from different ethnic minorities living in the Netherlands, and examines whether ethnicity contributed to the differences in fall risk. METHOD: We analyzed data from 8,892 Dutch, Moroccan, Turkish, and Surinamese participants. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analyses were conducted with falls and fear of falling as the dependent variable and ethnicity as the independent variable...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910090/spinal-fractures-in-older-adult-patients-admitted-after-low-level-falls-10-year-incidence-and-outcomes
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Randeep S Jawa, Adam J Singer, Daniel N Rutigliano, Jane E McCormack, Emily C Huang, Marc J Shapiro, Suzanne D Fields, Brian N Morelli, James A Vosswinkel
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence of spinal fractures and their outcomes in the elderly who fall from low-levels in a suburban county. DESIGN: Retrospective county-wide trauma registry review from 2004 to 2013. SETTING: Suburban county with regionalized trauma care consisting of 11 hospitals. PARTICIPANTS: Adult trauma patients aged ≥65 years who were admitted after falling from <3 feet. MEASUREMENTS: Demographic characteristics, comorbidities, and outcomes...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909033/ethnic-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-knee-pain-among-adults-of-a-community-in-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yook Chin Chia, Hooi Chin Beh, Chirk Jenn Ng, Cheong Lieng Teng, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Wan Yuen Choo, Siew Mooi Ching
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of knee pain among 3 major ethnic groups in Malaysia. By identifying high-risk groups, preventive measures can be targeted at these populations. DESIGN AND SETTING: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in rural and urban areas in a state in Malaysia. Secondary schools were randomly selected and used as sampling units. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged ≥18 years old were invited to answer a self-administered questionnaire on pain experienced over the previous 6 months...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906729/challenges-in-the-prevention-of-falls-and-fall-related-injuries-in-older-adults
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Susan Alexander, Amy Hunter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904949/association-of-arthritis-and-vitamin-d-insufficiency-with-physical-disability-in-mexican-older-adults-findings-from-the-mexican-health-and-aging-study
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Luis M Valderrama-Hinds, Soham Al Snih, Martin A Rodriguez, Rebeca Wong
Arthritis and vitamin D insufficiency are prevalent in older adults and are risk factors for disability. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of co-occurring arthritis and vitamin D deficiency on upper-lower extremity functional limitations and disability in older adults. We examined 1533 participants aged ≥50 years from a subsample of the Mexican Health and Aging Study. Measures included sociodemographics, body mass index, comorbid conditions, falls, physical activity, physical function tests, functional limitations, activities of daily living (ADL), and vitamin D...
November 30, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903588/discovery-and-validation-of-agonistic-angiotensin-receptor-autoantibodies-as-biomarkers-of-adverse-outcomes
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Peter Abadir, Alka Jain, Laura Powell, Qian-Li Xue, Jing Tian, Robert G Hamilton, David Bennett, Thomas Finucane, Jeremy D Walston, Neal S Fedarko
BACKGROUND: -Agonistic angiotensin II type I receptor autoantibodies (AT1RaAbs) have not been associated with functional measures or risk for adverse health outcomes. AT1RaAbs could be utilized to stratify patient risk and to identify patients who can benefit from angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) treatment. METHODS: -Demographic and physiologic covariates were measured in a discovery set of community dwelling adults from Baltimore (N=255) and AT1RaAb associations with physical function tests and outcomes assessed...
November 30, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900185/benefits-of-a-novel-concept-of-home-based-exercise-with-the-aim-of-preventing-aspiration-pneumonia-and-falls-in-frail-older-women-a-pragmatic-controlled-trial
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Katsuhiko Takatori, Daisuke Matsumoto, Munenori Nishida, Shinnichiro Matsushita, Tatsuya Noda, Tomoaki Imamura
AIM: To investigate whether home-based exercise with the aim of preventing aspiration pneumonia and accidental falls improves swallowing-related and physical functions in community-dwelling frail older women. METHODS: Participants were 266 community-dwelling frail older women in a long-term care prevention class (mean (SD): age 75 (5) years). Participants were allocated to either an intervention group or a control group. In the intervention group, participants were asked to perform, at least three times a week for 6 months, a home-based exercise programme that was specifically developed to prevent aspiration pneumonia and accidental falls...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900151/can-the-otago-falls-prevention-program-be-delivered-by-video-a-feasibility-study
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Jennifer C Davis, Chun Liang Hsu, Winnie Cheung, Penny M A Brasher, Linda C Li, Karim M Khan, Jonathan Sykes, Dawn A Skelton, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the feasibility of delivering the Otago Exercise Programme (OEP) via an interactive DVD (ie, OEP-DVD) in combination with monthly physical therapist phone calls to older adults. DESIGN: This pre-post (baseline and 6-month follow-up) study included an intervention group (n=61) based in a rural location and a control group (n=21) based in a city. SETTING: Sechelt and Vancouver, British Columbia. PARTICIPANTS: 82 community-dwelling adults ≥75 years...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896795/intersession-reliability-of-self-selected-and-narrow-stance-balance-testing-in-older-adults
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Bryan L Riemann, Kelsey Piersol
BACKGROUND: Despite the common practice of using force platforms to assess balance of older adults, few investigations have examined the reliability of postural screening tests in this population. AIM: We sought to determine the test-retest reliability of self-selected and narrow stance balance testing with eyes open and eyes closed in healthy older adults. METHODS: Thirty older adults (>65 years) completed 45 s trials of eyes open and eyes closed stability tests using self-selected and narrow stances on two separate days (1...
November 28, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896228/the-european-innovation-partnership-on-active-and-healthy-ageing-synergies-protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-to-measure-the-impact-of-a-community-based-program-on-prevention-and-mitigation-of-frailty-icp-pmf-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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G Liotta, F Orfila, M Vollenbroek-Hutten, R Roller-Winsberger, M Illario, D Musian, S Alvino, R O'Caoimh, A Cano, W Molloy, G Iaccarino, M C Marazzi, M C Inzerilli, O Madaro, C Paul, P Csonka, A C Vince, E Menditto, M Maggio, P Scarcella, F Gilardi, F Lucaroni, P Abete, V Girardi, R Barra, L Palombi
Aim of this paper is to describe the protocol of the study "Impact of a Community-based Program on Prevention and Mitigation of Frailty in community-dwelling older adults" developed in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This proposal has been developed by the Partnership Action groups on frailty, fall prevention and polypharmacy in older. The proposal wants to assess the impact of community-based programs aimed to counteract three main outcomes related to frailty: hospitalization, institutionalization and death...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894271/effectiveness-of-a-physical-exercise-intervention-program-in-improving-functional-mobility-in-older-adults-after-hip-fracture-in-later-stage-rehabilitation-protocol-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial-reative-study
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Camila Astolphi Lima, Catherine Sherrington, Adriana Guaraldo, Suzana Albuquerque de Moraes, Renata Dos Ramos Varanda, Juliana de Araújo Melo, Kodi Edson Kojima, Monica Perracini
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures resulting from falls increase substantially with advancing age and less than half of older hip fracture survivors regain their former levels of mobility. There is increasing evidence that rehabilitation interventions with exercises that goes beyond the sub-acute phase or even in a later stage of care have a positive impact on various functional abilities. The purpose of this study is to determine if exercise program training for people who have suffered a fall-related hip fracture will improve functional mobility when compared with usual care...
November 29, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893917/collaborative-falls-prevention-interprofessional-team-formation-implementation-and-evaluation
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Kathie Lasater, Victoria Cotrell, Glenise McKenzie, William Simonson, Megan W Morgove, Emily E Long, Elizabeth Eckstrom
As health care rapidly evolves to promote person-centered care, evidence-based practice, and team-structured environments, nurses must lead interprofessional (IP) teams to collaborate for optimal health of the populations and more cost-effective health care. Four professions-nursing, medicine, social work, and pharmacy-formed a teaching team to address fall prevention among older adults in Oregon using an IP approach. The teaching team developed training sessions that included interactive, evidence-based sessions, followed by individualized team coaching...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893670/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-lebanon-a-systematic-review
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Hussein Abou-Abbass, Hisham Bahmad, Hiba Ghandour, Jawad Fares, Rayyan Wazzi-Mkahal, Basel Yacoub, Hala Darwish, Stefania Mondello, Hayat Harati, Mazen J El Sayed, Hani Tamim, Firas Kobeissy
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a debilitating medical and emerging public health problem that is affecting people worldwide due to a multitude of factors including both domestic and war-related acts. The objective of this paper is to systematically review the status of TBI in Lebanon - a Middle Eastern country with a weak health system that was chartered by several wars and intermittent outbursts of violence - in order to identify the present gaps in knowledge, direct future research initiatives and to assist policy makers in planning progressive and rehabilitative policies...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893567/determining-whether-a-dosage-specific-and-individualized-home-exercise-program-with-consults-reduces-fall-risk-and-falls-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-with-difficulty-walking-a-randomized-control-trial
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Estelle Gallo, Maria Stelmach, Fernanda Frigeri, Dong-Hyun Ahn
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The development and implementation of effective interventions to prevent falls in older adults is a public health priority. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of a new practice model, incorporating Shubert's evidence-based fall prevention recommendations, with the usual ambulatory physical therapy (PT) at Rusk Rehabilitation, to decrease fall risk among older adults living in the community. The hypotheses were (1) the proposed program would decrease participants' fall risk, (2) it would be more effective than our usual PT, and (3) the addition of 4 consults after discharge would improve compliance with a home exercise program...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893566/validity-and-reliability-of-a-portable-balance-tracking-system-btracks-in-older-adults
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Susan S Levy, Katie J Thralls, Shiloah A Kviatkovsky
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Falls are the leading cause of disability, injury, hospital admission, and injury-related death among older adults. Balance limitations have consistently been identified as predictors of falls and increased fall risk. Field measures of balance are limited by issues of subjectivity, ceiling effects, and low sensitivity to change. The gold standard for measuring balance is the force plate; however, its field use is untenable due to high cost and lack of portability...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891571/high-risk-medications-in-hospitalized-elderly-adults-are-we-making-it-easy-to-do-the-wrong-thing
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Nina L Blachman, Rosanne M Leipzig, Madhu Mazumdar, Jashvant Poeran
OBJECTIVES: To examine dosages of high-risk medications administered to elderly adults who fall in the hospital and to determine whether electronic default doses are appropriate for elderly adults. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Large urban academic hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older experiencing a fall. MEASUREMENTS: Prescribed daily dosages and use of high-risk medications (opiates, benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (BRAs), sleep medications, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics) administered within 24 hours before a fall were ascertained and compared with published recommended dosages for older adults and the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) default doses for these drugs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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