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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437317/dementia-comorbidity-and-physical-function-in-the-program-of-all-inclusive-care-for-the-elderly
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Jason R Falvey, Allison M Gustavson, Lisa Price, Lucine Papazian, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley
BACKGROUND: Participants in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are a unique clinical population of medically complex and highly disabled older adults who qualify for nursing home level care but receive services in the community. A main goal of PACE programs is to prevent further declines in physical function that may necessitate costly institutionalization. This study evaluates how multimorbidity and dementia impact both self-selected gait speed and Timed Up and Go (TUG) in this population...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436189/medication-appropriateness-for-patients-with-dementia-approaching-the-end-of-their-life
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Hsien-Yeh Chuang, Yu-Wen Wen, Liang-Kung Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
AIM: To examine medication use among patients with dementia towards the end of their life and to evaluate the appropriateness of medication use by using a nationwide database. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 6532 people with dementia that died between 2008 and 2012. For each person with dementia, data of medication use in the last month of outpatient setting (vs -12th month [baseline]) and last hospitalization (vs -3rd hospitalization [baseline]) before death were retrieved for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435906/low-back-pain-in-older-adults-risk-factors-management-options-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Arnold Yl Wong, Jaro Karppinen, Dino Samartzis
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults aged 60 years or older. While most causes of LBP among older adults are non-specific and self-limiting, seniors are prone to develop certain LBP pathologies and/or chronic LBP given their age-related physical and psychosocial changes. Unfortunately, no review has previously summarized/discussed various factors that may affect the effective LBP management among older adults. Accordingly, the objectives of the current narrative review were to comprehensively summarize common causes and risk factors (modifiable and non-modifiable) of developing severe/chronic LBP in older adults, to highlight specific issues in assessing and treating seniors with LBP, and to discuss future research directions...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422707/factors-underlying-cognitive-decline-in-old-age-and-alzheimer-s-disease-the-role-of-the-hippocampus
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Wafa Jaroudi, Julia Garami, Sandra Garrido, Michael Hornberger, Szabolcs Keri, Ahmed A Moustafa
There are many factors that strongly influence the aetiology, development, and progression of cognitive decline in old age, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's disease (AD). These factors include not only different personality traits and moods but also lifestyle patterns (e.g. exercise and diet) and awareness levels that lead to cognitive decline in old age. In this review, we discuss how personality traits, mood states, and lifestyle impact brain and behaviour in older adults. Specifically, our review shows that these lifestyle and personality factors affect several brain regions, including the hippocampus, a region key for memory that is affected by cognitive decline in old age as well as AD...
April 19, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412981/differences-in-the-use-of-everyday-technology-among-persons-with-mci-sci-and-older-adults-without-known-cognitive-impairment
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Camilla Malinowsky, Anders Kottorp, Anders Wallin, Arto Nordlund, Eva Björklund, Ilse Melin, Anette Pernevik, Lena Rosenberg, Louise Nygård
BACKGROUND: To use valid subjective reports sensible to cognitive decline is vital to identify very early signs of dementia development. Use of everyday technology (ET) has been shown to be sensitive to differentiate adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from controls, but the group with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) has not yet been examined. This study aims to investigate and compare self-perceived ability in ET use and number of ETs reported as actually used in a sample of older adults with SCI, MCI, and older adults with no known cognitive impairment, i...
April 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407377/biomarkers-of-microvascular-endothelial-dysfunction-predict-incident-dementia-a-population-based-prospective-study
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H Holm, K Nägga, E D Nilsson, F Ricci, O Melander, O Hansson, E Bachus, M Magnusson, A Fedorowski
BACKGROUND: Cerebral endothelial dysfunction occurs in a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases. Whether biomarkers of microvascular endothelial dysfunction can predict dementia is largely unknown. We explored the longitudinal association of midregional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), C-terminal endothelin-1 (CT-proET-1) and midregional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) with dementia and subtypes among community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: A population-based cohort of 5,347 individuals (men, 70%; age, 69±6 years) without prevalent dementia provided plasma for determination of MR-proANP, CT-proET-1 and MR-proADM...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404863/individuals-with-progranulin-haploinsufficiency-exhibit-features-of-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis
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Michael E Ward, Robert Chen, Hsin-Yi Huang, Connor Ludwig, Maria Telpoukhovskaia, Ali Taubes, Helene Boudin, Sakura S Minami, Meredith Reichert, Philipp Albrecht, Jeffrey M Gelfand, Andres Cruz-Herranz, Christian Cordano, Marcel V Alavi, Shannon Leslie, William W Seeley, Bruce L Miller, Eileen Bigio, Marek-Marsel Mesulam, Matthew S Bogyo, Ian R Mackenzie, John F Staropoli, Susan L Cotman, Eric J Huang, Li Gan, Ari J Green
Heterozygous mutations in the GRN gene lead to progranulin (PGRN) haploinsufficiency and cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a neurodegenerative syndrome of older adults. Homozygous GRN mutations, on the other hand, lead to complete PGRN loss and cause neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), a lysosomal storage disease usually seen in children. Given that the predominant clinical and pathological features of FTD and NCL are distinct, it is controversial whether the disease mechanisms associated with complete and partial PGRN loss are similar or distinct...
April 12, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403222/comorbidity-and-dementia-a-nationwide-survey-in-taiwan
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Ting-Bin Chen, Szu-Yu Yiao, Yu Sun, Huey-Jane Lee, Shu-Chien Yang, Ming-Jang Chiu, Ta-Fu Chen, Ker-Neng Lin, Li-Yu Tang, Chung-Chih Lin, Pei-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Comorbid medical diseases are highly prevalent in the geriatric population, imposing hardship on healthcare services for demented individuals. Dementia also complicates clinical care for other co-existing medical conditions. This study investigated the comorbidities associated with dementia in the elderly population aged 65 years and over in Taiwan. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide, population-based, cross-sectional survey; participants were selected by computerized random sampling from all 19 Taiwan counties between December 2011 and March 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399220/associations-of-fat-and-muscle-tissue-with-cognitive-status-in-older-adults-the-ages-reykjavik-study
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Peggy J J Spauwen, Rachel A Murphy, Pálmi V Jónsson, Sigurdur Sigurdsson, Melissa E Garcia, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Martin P J van Boxtel, Oscar L Lopez, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris, Lenore J Launer
Background/Objective: studies on the association of dementia with specific body composition (BC) components are scarce. Our aim was to investigate associations of BC measures with different levels of cognitive function in late-life. Methods: we studied 5,169 participants (mean age 76 years, 42.9% men) in the AGES-Reykjavik Study of whom 485 (9.4%) were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and 307 (5.9%) with dementia. Visceral fat, abdominal and thigh subcutaneous fat, and thigh muscle were assessed by computed tomography...
March 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387665/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-and-cognitive-decline-in-old-age
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Simin Mahinrad, Annelotte E Vriend, J Wouter Jukema, Diana van Heemst, Naveed Sattar, Gerard Jan Blauw, Peter W Macfarlane, Elaine N Clark, Anton J M de Craen, Behnam Sabayan
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure run a greater risk of dementia. Whether early cardiac structural changes also associate with cognitive decline is yet to be determined. OBJECTIVE: We tested whether left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) derived from electrocardiogram associates with cognitive decline in older subjects at risk of cardiovascular disease. METHODS: We included 4,233 participants (mean age 75.2 years, 47.8% male) from PROSPER (PROspective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373259/home-or-hospital-for-people-with-dementia-and-one-or-more-other-multimorbidities-what-is-the-potential-to-reduce-avoidable-emergency-admissions-the-homeward-project-protocol
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S Voss, S Black, J Brandling, M Buswell, R Cheston, S Cullum, K Kirby, S Purdy, C Solway, H Taylor, J Benger
INTRODUCTION: Older people with multimorbidities frequently access 999 ambulance services. When multimorbidities include dementia, the risk of ambulance use, accident and emergency (A&E) attendance and hospital admission are all increased, even when a condition is treatable in the community. People with dementia tend to do poorly in the acute hospital setting and hospital admission can result in adverse outcomes. This study aims to provide an evidence-based understanding of how older people living with dementia and other multimorbidities are using emergency ambulance services...
April 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369785/end-of-life-care-transition-patterns-of-medicare-beneficiaries
#12
Shi-Yi Wang, Melissa D Aldridge, Cary P Gross, Maureen Canavan, Emily Cherlin, Elizabeth Bradley
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the patterns of transitions in care and factors associated with multiple transitions in the last 6 months of life of U.S. decedents (N = 660,132). DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: United States. PARTICIPANTS: Medicare beneficiaries aged 66 and older who died from July to December 2011. MEASUREMENTS: Transitions between healthcare settings (e.g., hospital, skilled nursing facility, inpatient hospice, home hospice, home without hospice) in the last 6 months of life...
April 3, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369696/use-of-medications-of-questionable-benefit-at-the-end-of-life-in-nursing-home-residents-with-advanced-dementia
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Jeremy N Matlow, Susan E Bronskill, Andrea Gruneir, Chaim M Bell, Nathan M Stall, Nathan Herrmann, Dallas P Seitz, Sudeep S Gill, Peter C Austin, Hadas D Fischer, Kinwah Fung, Wei Wu, Paula A Rochon
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of and resident characteristics associated with the prescription of medications of questionable benefit (MQBs) near the end of life in older adults with advanced dementia in nursing homes. DESIGN: Population-based, cross-sectional study using Resident Assessment Instrument Minimum Data Set 2.0 linked to health administrative data. SETTING: Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: All 9,298 nursing home residents with advanced dementia who died between June 1, 2010, and March 31, 2013; were aged 66 and older at time of death; and received at least one MQB in their last year of life...
March 29, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369688/off-label-prescribing-of-second-generation-antipsychotics-to-elderly-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-dementia
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Todd P Semla, Austin Lee, Ronald Gurrera, Laura Bajor, Mingfei Li, Donald R Miller, Eric G Smith, Chao Wang, Yun Wan, Lewis E Kazis, Mark S Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether elderly veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dementia are more likely to be prescribed second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) than those with PTSD alone. DESIGN: National serial cross-sectional study. SETTING: Veterans Health Affairs inpatient and outpatient settings. PARTICIPANTS: Veterans aged 65 and older with PTSD (excluding schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) with or without concomitant dementia who received care from the Veterans Health Administration between 2003 and 2010 were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes (N = 93,068; 11...
April 3, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352208/patient-rated-versus-proxy-rated-cognitive-and-functional-measures-in-older-adults
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Molly Howland, Kevin C Allan, Caitlin E Carlton, Curtis Tatsuoka, Kathleen A Smyth, Martha Sajatovic
OBJECTIVES: Patients with cognitive impairment may have difficulty reporting their functional and cognitive abilities, which are important clinical outcomes. Health care proxies may be able to corroborate patient self-reports. Several studies reported discrepancy between patient and proxy ratings, though the literature is sparse on changes over time of these ratings. Our goals in this 12-month study were to compare patient and proxy reports on functioning, cognition, and everyday executive function, and to further elucidate correlates of patient-proxy discrepancy...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351448/the-legal-appearances-of-dementia-in-court-rulings-mapping-the-terrain
#16
Israel Issi Doron, Perla Werner, Benny Spanier, Ori Lazar
BACKGROUND: Individuals with dementia may appear before the court in different roles: as victims, as witnesses, and as those standing up for their rights. While there is growing interest in the rights of older persons with dementia, relatively little empirical data exists regarding their actual interactions in courts. Therefore, the goal of this study was to empirically map this legal terrain. METHODS: This study used a descriptive quantitative method. A computerized search of a national legal database limited to the period 2004-2014 and a screening process for the results were used to establish a sample of 280 court rulings that directly addressed dementia...
May 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350821/neuropathological-diagnoses-and-clinical-correlates-in-older-adults-in-brazil-a-cross-sectional-study
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Claudia K Suemoto, Renata E L Ferretti-Rebustini, Roberta D Rodriguez, Renata E P Leite, Luciana Soterio, Sonia M D Brucki, Raphael R Spera, Tarcila M Cippiciani, Jose M Farfel, Alexandre Chiavegatto Filho, Michel Satya Naslavsky, Mayana Zatz, Carlos A Pasqualucci, Wilson Jacob-Filho, Ricardo Nitrini, Lea T Grinberg
BACKGROUND: Clinicopathological studies are important in determining the brain lesions underlying dementia. Although almost 60% of individuals with dementia live in developing countries, few clinicopathological studies focus on these individuals. We investigated the frequency of neurodegenerative and vascular-related neuropathological lesions in 1,092 Brazilian admixed older adults, their correlation with cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms, and the accuracy of dementia subtype diagnosis...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350817/differential-associations-of-plasma-lipids-with-incident-dementia-and-dementia-subtypes-in-the-3c-study-a-longitudinal-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Sabrina Schilling, Christophe Tzourio, Aïcha Soumaré, Sara Kaffashian, Jean-François Dartigues, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Cécilia Samieri, Carole Dufouil, Stéphanie Debette
BACKGROUND: Vascular risk factors have been proposed as important targets for the prevention of dementia. As lipid fractions represent easily modifiable targets, we examined the longitudinal relationship of baseline lipid fractions with 13-y incident dementia and its subtypes (Alzheimer disease [AD] and mixed or vascular dementia) in older community-dwelling persons. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Non-institutionalized persons aged 65+ y (n = 9,294) were recruited for the Three-City Study (3C Study), a population-based cohort study from the electoral rolls of the cities of Dijon, Bordeaux, and Montpellier, France, between March 1999 and March 2001...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350792/association-between-delirium-superimposed-on-dementia-and-mortality-in-hospitalized-older-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Thiago J Avelino-Silva, Flavia Campora, Jose A E Curiati, Wilson Jacob-Filho
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized older adults with preexisting dementia have increased risk of having delirium, but little is known regarding the effect of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) on the outcomes of these patients. Our aim was to investigate the association between DSD and hospital mortality and 12-mo mortality in hospitalized older adults. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective cohort study completed in the geriatric ward of a university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343318/prevalence-of-thyroid-dysfunction-and-its-impact-on-cognition-in-older-mexican-adults-sadem-study
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T Juárez-Cedillo, L Basurto-Acevedo, S Vega-García, A Sánchez-Rodríguez Martha, R Retana-Ugalde, E Juárez-Cedillo, C Gonzalez-Melendez Roberto, J Escobedo-de-la-Peña
INTRODUCTION: Subclinical thyroid dysfunction is a possible risk factor for cognitive impairment in old age, but results are inconsistent. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction among older community-dwelling adults and to see whether thyroid function impacts the cognitive status of the elderly. METHODS: We included 1750 participants from the Study on Aging and Dementia in Mexico (SADEM). All subjects were evaluated clinically via specific interviews...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
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