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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143769/senescent-nephropathy-the-new-renal-syndrome
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REVIEW
Florencia Aiello, Eliana P Dueñas, Carlos G Musso
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by progressive and irreversible deterioration of renal function due to the reduction of nephron mass for a period of at least three months. The prevalence of CKD is roughly 10% in the general population but increases with age, affecting more than one-third of people older than 65. Frailty is a condition usually found in elderly people, characterized by weakness, motility, and balance issues, with a declined ability to resist stressors leading to increased risks of adverse health outcomes including falls, fracture, hospitalization, institutionalization, disability, dependence, dementia, poor quality of life, and death...
October 28, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139651/the-risk-for-fall-and-functional-dependence-in-polish-adults-60%C3%A2-87-years-old
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Jaroslaw Domaradzki, Slawomir Koziel, Zofia Ignasiak, Teresa Sławińska, Anna Skrzek, Małgorzata Kołodziej
The constantly rising percentage of the elderly (60+), who are particularly at risk of the dangerous consequence of falls, results not only in the loss of independence in daily life, but also in a serious threat to health and life. Therefore, many authors emphasize the necessity of conducting prophylaxis and prevention among senior citizens. The most important aspect of fall prophylaxis is care about the optimum level of agility. Exercise should focus on increasing muscular strength, balance and dexterity. The aim of the present study is to determine the relationship between functional fitness and the risk for falls of older people in the light of maintaining physical independence...
March 2017: Collegium Antropologicum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139186/factors-associated-with-home-hazards-findings-from-the-malaysian-elders-longitudinal-research-study
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Muhammad H Romli, Maw P Tan, Lynette Mackenzie, Meryl Lovarini, Shahrul B Kamaruzzaman, Lindy Clemson
AIM: Previous studies have investigated home hazards as a risk factor for falls without considering factors associated with the presence of home hazards. The present study aimed to determine patterns of home hazards among urban community-dwelling older Malaysians, and to identify factors contributing to home hazards. METHODS: Cross-sectional data from the initial wave of the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research study were used. Basic demographics were obtained from the Global Questionnaire...
November 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137820/does-acute-care-for-the-elderly-ace-unit-decrease-the-incidence-of-falls
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Ahmed Abdalla, Mehul Adhaduk, Raad A Haddad, Yanal Alnimer, Carlos F Ríos-Bedoya, Ghassan Bachuwa
To determine whether acute care for the elderly (ACE) units decrease the incidence of patient falls compared to general medical and surgical (GMS) units, a non-concurrent prospective study included individuals aged 65 and older admitted to ACE or GMS units over a 2-year span was done. There were 7069 admissions corresponded to 28,401 patient-days. A total of 149 falls were reported for an overall incidence rate (IR) of 5.2 falls per 1000 patient-days, 95% CI, 4.4/1000-6.1/1000 patient-days. The falls IR ratio for patients in ACE unit compared to those in non-ACE units after adjusting for age, sex, prescribed psychotropics and hypnotics, and Morse Fall Score was 0...
November 11, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135297/-vitamin-d-and-calcium-supplementation-in-elderly-patients-with-hip-fracture
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Antal Salamon, Erzsébet Toldy, Csaba Biró, Ákos Mátrai, Tibor Balassa, Zoltán Lőcsei
Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining calcium and bone metabolism, a risk factor of osteoporosis, fall and fracture in old age. Reduction in D-vitamin levels associated with compensatory increased level of parathyroid hormone causes significant loss of bone matrix, so substitutions of vitamin D and calcium are very important. Many authors publish their recommended doses used for prevention of hip fracture during the last years. Some authors are satisfied only with vitamin D supplementation while others have better experiences with vitamin D and calcium substitution...
October 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132661/-the-occupational-therapist-and-the-assessment-of-the-elderly-person-s-home
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Claire Schonheit, Quentin Rousselle, Isabelle Cara, Valentine Curtis, Anthony Mézière
The falls of elderly people in their home are frequently related to the environment. Plans and photographs of the home provided by the patient's relatives are useful and constitute relevant assessment tools. The home visit is even more effective as it helps to identify areas which pose a high risk of falling which cannot be picked up by the other tools.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132660/-remote-assistance-in-the-home-for-fall-detection
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Anne-Marie Georgelin
Remote assistance first appeared in the 1970s and the equipment has since evolved. Today, 20% of falls in elderly people aged 80 or over are detected by a remote assistance call. There are obstacles to the development of this system, notably the stigmatisation of old age and frailty. There is also the coexistence of the fear of disturbing neighbours, a feeling of an invasion of freedom and a certain fatality. Above all, remote assistance must remain an individual choice.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132658/-elderly-hospitalised-people-and-walking-capacities
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Camille Castel, Pascale Lescure, Gilles Loggia, Rémi Morello, Rémi De Mil, Guillaume Saint-Lorant
Falls in the elderly are frequent. A study carried out over 6 months in a university hospital's acute geriatric unit highlighted the real walking capacities of hospitalised elderly people. It also changed the perception of caregivers, doctors and nurses with regard to the real physical aptitudes of these patients enabling the risk of falls to be reduced in preparation for their return home or to a residential care home.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132657/-assessment-to-carry-out-with-a-patient-who-has-suffered-a-fall
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Cyril Sellier
A fall in an elderly person can lead to severe complications. It is a serious event which must not be minimised in any way and which must serve as a warning signal for the caregiver. The exploration of the factors involved requires a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the patient. A complete assessment coordinated by a geriatric doctor is recommended.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132579/the-tragically-hip-trauma-in-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Katrin Hruska, Toralph Ruge
Old age is a risk factor for poor outcome in trauma patients, as a result of undertriage and the presence of occult life-threatening injuries. The mechanisms of injury for geriatric trauma differ from those in younger patients, with a much higher incidence of low-impact trauma, especially falls from a low height. Frailty is a risk factor for severe injury after minor trauma, and caring for these patients require a multidisciplinary team with both trauma and geriatric expertise. With early recognition and aggressive management, severe injuries can still be associated with good outcomes, even in very elderly patients...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125861/identification-of-hospitalized-elderly-patients-at-risk-for-adverse-in-hospital-outcomes-in-a-university-orthopedics-and-trauma-surgery-environment
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Janine Gronewold, Christian Dahlmann, Marcus Jäger, Dirk M Hermann
BACKGROUND: As a consequence of demographic changes, hospitals are confronted with increasing numbers of elderly patients, who are at high risk of adverse events during hospitalization. Geriatric risk screening followed by comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and treatment has been requested by geriatric societies and task forces to identify patients at risk. Since empirical evidence on factors predisposing to adverse hospital events is scarce, we now prospectively evaluated implications of geriatric risk screening followed by CGA in a university hospital department of orthopedics and trauma surgery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125269/direct-oral-anticoagulants-use-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-state-of-evidence
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Giulia Benedetti, Matteo Neccia, Luciano Agati
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) increases the risk of stroke by three- to five-fold, especially in elderly patients, creating a huge burden on medical system as well as a negative impact on patients lives. Balancing efficacy and bleeding risk is a challenge when considering anticoagulation therapy in elderly patients, because of their frequent high risk of both stroke and bleeding. Real world data reveal the underuse of anticoagulation in the elderly, especially due to physicians' fear of bleeding, often neglecting the thromboembolic risk...
November 10, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123856/accidental-falls-related-to-clearing-heavy-snow-on-rooftops-in-a-rural-heavy-snow-area-in-japan
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Seigo Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Endoh, Masakazu Nitta
Aim: The purpose of this study is to describe our experience with patients who fell from rooftops while clearing snow. The falls occurred in rural areas that receive heavy snowfall and are undergoing depopulation and an increasing proportion of elderly residents. Methods: A retrospective observational chart review was carried out at the sole hospital providing emergency services in a rural heavy snow area in Japan. Results: A total of 70 patients were enrolled during four winter seasons between December 2009 and March 2013...
April 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122806/diagnostic-utility-of-appetite-loss-in-addition-to-existing-prediction-models-for-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-elderly-a-prospective-diagnostic-study-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-japan
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Toshihiko Takada, Yosuke Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Terada, Mitsuyasu Ohta, Wakako Mikami, Hajime Yokota, Michio Hayashi, Jun Miyashita, Teruhisa Azuma, Shingo Fukuma, Shunichi Fukuhara
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the elderly is often delayed because of atypical presentation and non-specific symptoms, such as appetite loss, falls and disturbance in consciousness. The aim of this study was to investigate the external validity of existing prediction models and the added value of the non-specific symptoms for the diagnosis of CAP in elderly patients. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: General medicine departments of three teaching hospitals in Japan...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122000/a-foot-care-program-to-facilitate-self-care-by-the-elderly-a-non-randomized-intervention-study
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Shizuko Omote, Arisu Watanabe, Tomoko Hiramatsu, Emiko Saito, Masami Yokogawa, Rie Okamoto, Chiaki Sakakibara, Akie Ichimori, Kaoru Kyota, Keiko Tsukasaki
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate a foot-care awareness program designed to improve foot morphology, physical functioning, and fall prevention among the community-dwelling elderly. Eleven independent community-dwelling elderly women (aged 61-83 years) were provided with foot-care advice and shown effective foot-care techniques to perform regularly for 6 months, and compared with a control group of 10 elderly women who did not receive any intervention. Measurements of foot form, functional capacity, subjective foot movement, and physical function were taken at baseline and 6-month follow-up...
November 9, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121033/identification-of-seniors-at-risk-scale-as-a-simple-tool-of-elderly-patients-assessment-in-an-acute-hospital-department
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Anna Gałuszewska, Barbara Gryglewska, Stanisław Górski, Anna Kańtoch, Tomasz Grodzicki
INTRODUCTION: e aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of Identification of Seniors at Risk (ISAR) scale among elderly patients admitted to the department of internal medicine. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The ISAR score was performed among patients aged >59 years a er admission to the hospital ward. Data from medical history about diseases, taken medicines, falls, length of hospital stay and mortality were compared in patients with ISAR score of 0-1 and over 1 and in subjects with and without history of falls...
2017: Folia Medica Cracoviensia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118202/bayesian-optimal-adaptation-explains-age-related-human-sensorimotor-changes
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Faisal Karmali, Gregory T Whitman, Richard F Lewis
The brain uses information from different sensory systems to guide motor behavior, and aging is associated with a simultaneous decline in the quality of sensory information provided to the brain and a deterioration in motor control. Correlations between age-dependent decline in sensory anatomical structures and behavior have been demonstrated, and it has recently been suggested that a Bayesian framework could explain these relationships. Here we show that age-dependent changes in a human sensorimotor reflex, the vestibulo-ocular reflex, are explained by a Bayesian optimal adaptation in the brain occurring in response to death of motion-sensing hair cells...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116377/-effectiveness-of-preventive-house-visits-for-elderly-people-systematic-assessment-of-current-literature
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REVIEW
Jörg-Christian Renz, Matthias Meinck
BACKGROUND: Preventive home visits (PHV) document health resources and risks in the domestic environment in order to derive preventive recommendations. An earlier review did not yield reliable proof of their efficacy for the elderly; however, PHV are used increasingly more as a municipal service in Germany. OBJECTIVE: This article evaluates the efficacy of PHV by means of evidence-based criteria. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Independent of the reason, randomized controlled studies (RCT) and systematic reviews on PHV in the elderly (60+ years) that were published after 2004 were identified by means of searching pertinent literature databases...
November 7, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115205/falls-in-elderly-patients-are-not-treated-according-to-national-recommendations
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Marie Lillevang-Johannsen, Johannes Grand, Maurice Lembeck, Ann-Kristine Giger, Joanna Drozdowska, Jolanta Zajworoniuk-Wlodarczyk, Anna Gaj, Ellen Holm
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate health professionals' compliance with recommendations from the Danish Health Authority (DHA) concerning falls, to study the prevalence of acute hospital visits due to falls, and to compare characteristics of fall patients in two geographically and socioeconomically different areas of Denmark. METHODS: The study was conducted in the emergency departments (ED) of Slagelse Hospital (SH) and Nykøbing Falster Hospital (NFH), both located in Denmark...
November 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111025/orthostatic-hypotension-associated-with-executive-dysfunction-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Christian Bocti, François Pépin, Maxime Tétreault, Philippe Cossette, Francis Langlois, Hélène Imbeault, Nadia Duval, Guy Lacombe, Tamas Fulop
INTRODUCTION: Midlife hypertension is associated with dementia in longitudinal studies while chronic hypotension in the elderly is associated with dementia onset. Orthostatic hypotension could influence cognitive performance in the elderly. The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between orthostatic hypotension and cognitive functions. METHODS: Consecutive participants with complete neuropsychological evaluation from a Memory Clinic were included...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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