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Frail elderly

A R Koffeman
The care for frail elderly is challenging and requires an individualised approach. To meet the complex care needs of these patients, interventions aimed at improving care often consist of multiple interacting components. Several recent RCTs investigating such complex interventions in a primary care setting were unable to show an effect. In this paper the challenges that arise when examining complex interventions in experimental trials are discussed. Standardisation of the content of the intervention is often not desirable...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Shu-Fang Chang
PURPOSE: We investigated the relationships among geriatric syndrome, physiological functions, and body composition in community-dwelling older people with varying nutritional statuses. Other factors correlated with nutritional status in community-dwelling older people were also explored. BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization has initiated preventive programs for addressing malnutrition. However, few studies have focused on the correlations among geriatric syndrome, physiological functions, and body composition in older people at risk of malnutrition...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Chen-Yi Ye, An Liu, Ming-Yuan Xu, Nwofor Samuel Nonso, Rong-Xin He
BACKGROUND: There is conflicting evidence as to whether the femoral head should be preserved or replaced in elderly patients with displaced intracapsular femoral neck fractures. In this article, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the short- and long-term effectiveness of arthroplasty (AR) and internal fixation (IF). METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were searched systematically up to January 2016. All randomized controlled trials directly comparing the effectiveness of AR and IF for displaced intracapsular fracture were retrieved with no limitation on language or publication year...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Edwina A Brown, Frederic O Finkelstein, Osasuyi U Iyasere, Alan S Kliger
Management of older people on dialysis requires focus on the wider aspects of aging as well as dialysis. Almost all frail and older patients receiving dialysis will default to in-center hemodialysis, although the availability of assisted peritoneal dialysis enables dialysis at home. As with any disease management decision, patients approaching end-stage renal disease need all the appropriate facts about their prognosis, the natural history of their disease without dialysis, and the resulting outcomes and complications of the different dialysis modalities...
October 20, 2016: Kidney International
Clive Rosendorff
Many guidelines for the management of hypertension have recommended that the goal of antihypertensive treatment in the elderly (usually specified as 80 years or above) should be less than 150/90 mmHg. SPRINT included subjects 50 years or above, and a substantial proportion of subjects 75 years and older. These are individuals at high risk for adverse cardiovascular events because of high prevalence of hypertension and atherosclerotic disease. The less stringent BP goals have been based on a percieved danger of lowering BP to levels that threaten vital organ pefusion (myocardium, brain, kidney)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hiromi Rakugi
European guidelines (ESH-ESC2013) for the elderly have discussed well about treatment blood pressure (BP) levels and targeting BP levels. In general, elderly patients with systolic BP (SBP) ≥160 mmHg including individuals older than 80 years in good physical and mental conditions are recommended reducing SBP to between 150 and 140 mmHg. Furthermore, fit elderly patients <80 years old are recommended to consider antihypertensive treatment at SBP values ≥140 mmHg with a target SBP <140 mmHg. On the other hand, frail elderly patients are recommended to leave decisions on antihypertensive therapy to the treating physician, and based on monitoring of the clinical effects of treatment...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kwang-Il Kim
With the life-expectancy increased, the older population expected to grow all around the world. Especially, the increase of elderly population leads to increase of vulnerable or frail elderly people, who require special consideration in caring and managing chronic medical condition. Considering the substantial diversity in the prevalence of chronic medical conditions and functional impairment, elderly people are often highly heterogeneous and their physiological ability and vulnerability vary widely even in same chronological age...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Katsuhiko Kohara
The effectiveness of antihypertensive treatment in elderly hypertensive patients has been established through numerous randomized clinical trials including the Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial (HYVET). However, because of the diversity of biological aging among individuals, chronological age is not the sole determinant for the target blood pressure (BP) level at which antihypertensive medications are aimed. Several conditions, especially frailty, needed be evaluated in managing hypertension among elderly people...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
M Iki, Y Fujita, J Tamaki, K Kouda, A Yura, Y Sato, J S Moon, A Harano, K Hazaki, E Kajita, M Hamada, K Arai, K Tomioka, N Okamoto, N Kurumatani
: Frail elderly individuals have elevated risks of both fracture and mortality. We found that incident fractures were associated with an increased risk of death even after adjusting for pre-fracture frailty status as represented by physical performance tests and laboratory tests for common geriatric diseases in community-dwelling elderly Japanese men. INTRODUCTION: While fractures reportedly increase the risk of mortality, frailty may complicate this association, generating a false-positive result...
October 18, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Alan J Wein
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November 2016: Journal of Urology
Olivier Bruyère, Etienne Cavalier, Fanny Buckinx, Jean-Yves Reginster
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews recently published evidence regarding the role of vitamin D in the physiopathology of physical frailty in elderly populations and its role in the management of this geriatric condition. RECENT FINDINGS: Some recent studies have found a low level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, considered the best marker of vitamin D status, in frail individuals. All prospective studies consistently report that low vitamin D status is associated with an increased risk of becoming frail...
October 1, 2016: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Rachel Mourot-Cottet, Frédéric Maloisel, François Séverac, Olivier Keller, Thomas Vogel, Martine Tebacher, Jean-Christophe Weber, Georges Kaltenbach, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, Bernard Goichot, Jean Sibilia, Anne-Sophie Korganow, Raoul Herbrecht, Emmanuel Andrès
BACKGROUND: Little data is currently available in the literature on neutropenia and agranulocytosis in the elderly, and, to our knowledge, idiosyncratic drug-induced agranulocytosis is particularly poorly covered, or not at all. OBJECTIVE: We herein describe the clinical picture and outcome of patients aged ≥75 years with established idiosyncratic drug-induced agranulocytosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from 61 patients over 75 years old with idiosyncratic drug-induced agranulocytosis were retrospectively reviewed...
September 5, 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
George Younan, Max Schumm, Fadwa Ali, Kathleen K Christians
Introduction. Gallbladder volvulus is a rare, potentially fatal condition unless diagnosed and treated early. Choledochal cysts are rare congenital malformations of the biliary tree predisposing to different pathologies and posing the risk of degradation into cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder cancer. Dealing with both diseases at once has not been published yet in the literature. Presentation of Case. We report a case of gallbladder volvulus in an elderly female who happened to have a concomitant type I choledochal cyst...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Anne Same, Elinda Ai Lim Lee, Beverley McNamara, Lorna Rosenwax
Little is known about the significance of gardening services for frail elderly people. This study explored the value of a gardening service for frail older people and people with a disability living in the community. Using qualitative and quantitative data collected from pre-gardening (n = 38) and post-gardening service delivery interviews (n = 35) and the Housing Enabler, the value of a gardening service was examined. Findings suggest that the service had a positive impact on the independence and emotional well-being of frail aged people and younger people with a functional disability, with little impact on physical health...
November 2016: Home Health Care Management & Practice
Jennifer G Naples, Mary P Kotlarczyk, Subashan Perera, Susan L Greenspan, Joseph T Hanlon
OBJECTIVE: To determine the risk of recurrent falls associated with antidepressants other than tricyclics (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) among frail older women. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of the Zoledronic acid in frail Elders to STrengthen bone, or ZEST, trial data treated as a longitudinal cohort in 181 frail, osteoporotic women aged ≥65 years in long-term care. The primary exposure was individual non-TCA/non-SSRI antidepressants (i...
August 17, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
T J E M Bakker
There is much negative publicity about the health care for the frail elderly especially in nursing homes. However, in scientific research programs the results are also quite disappointing. We see a low percentage (< 50 %) of treatment fidelity in the intervention programs at stake. Research on the education content with respect to the frail elderly showed that this is very poor for every profession. From the perspective of formal education the professionals who provide treatment and care the frail elderly are relatively unqualified and incompetent...
October 2016: Tijdschrift Voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Tammy Vu Bach, Jonathan Pan, Anne Kirstein, Cindy Joanne Grief, Daphna Grossman
Palliative care clinicians are increasingly involved in the care of elderly patients suffering from chronic malignant and nonmalignant illnesses, of which neuropathic pain is a prevalent problem. As a person becomes more frail, pain medications such as opioid analgesics and adjuvant pain medications can result in unwanted effects such as sedation, confusion, and increased risk of falls. Treating pain in patients with advanced dementia or neurodegenerative diseases that can affect swallowing is particularly challenging because most adjuvant pain medications used to ameliorate neuropathic pain must be taken orally...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
V Giantin, C Falci, E De Luca, E Valentini, M Iasevoli, P Siviero, S Maggi, B Martella, G Crepaldi, S Monfardini, E Manzato
: The Multidimensional Geriatric Assessment (MGA) is currently used for assessing geriatric oncological patients, but a new prognostic index - the Multidimensional Prognostic Index (MPI) - has a demonstrated prognostic value in cancer patients too. The present work was designed to compare the MPI and MGA as predictors of 12-month mortality. 160 patients ≥70 years old with locally-advanced or metastatic solid cancers consecutively joining our Geriatric Oncology Program were administered a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment to calculate their MGA and MPI scores...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Angela K Beckert, Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, Katherine Thompson, Amy D Celauro, Jordan Williams, Paul Pachwicewicz, Mark K Ferguson
BACKGROUND: The presence of frailty or prefrailty in older adults is a risk factor for postsurgical complications. The frailty phenotype can be improved through long-term resistance and aerobic training. It is unknown whether short-term preoperative interventions targeting frailty will help to mitigate surgical risk. The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of frail and prefrail patients presenting to a thoracic surgical clinic who could benefit from a frailty reduction intervention...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
C Ruggiero, L Bonamassa, L Pelini, I Prioletta, L Cianferotti, A Metozzi, E Benvenuti, G Brandi, A Guazzini, G C Santoro, P Mecocci, D Black, M L Brandi
: This study investigates the relationship between cognitive dysfunction or delirium detected in the early post-surgical phase and the 1-year mortality among 514 hip fracture hospitalized older persons. Patients with early cognitive dysfunction or delirium experienced a 2-fold increased mortality risk. Early post-operative cognitive dysfunction and delirium are negative prognostic factors for mortality. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Premorbid cognitive impairment and dementia in older individuals negatively affect functional recovery after hip fracture...
October 7, 2016: Osteoporosis International
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