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Elderly wellbeing

Angela Barriga, José M Conejero, Juan Hernández, Elena Jurado, Enrique Moguel, Fernando Sánchez-Figueroa
In the last few years, telerehabilitation and telecare have become important topics in healthcare since they enable people to remain independent in their own homes by providing person-centered technologies to support the individual. These technologies allows elderly people to be assisted in their home, instead of traveling to a clinic, providing them wellbeing and personalized health care. The literature shows a great number of interesting proposals to address telerehabilitation and telecare scenarios, which may be mainly categorized into two broad groups, namely wearable devices and context-aware systems...
October 18, 2016: Sensors
Anna Muro, Natàlia Artero
Clinical research has shown the mental health benefits of dance practice. This has become a significant subject of inquiry in psychotherapeutic settings for the elderly and adolescents. However, the relationship between dance practice and correlates of psychological wellbeing, such as mindfulness and life satisfaction (LS), two relevant indicators of mental health has been explored relatively little in young women. The present study contrasted mindfulness and LS in young women (n = 81) who practiced dance regularly in three modern dance schools in the Province of Barcelona with a control group of non-practitioners (n = 120) studying at a university in Barcelona...
October 4, 2016: Women & Health
M Stravinskas, P Horstmann, J Ferguson, W Hettwer, M Nilsson, S Tarasevicius, M M Petersen, M A McNally, L Lidgren
OBJECTIVES: Deep bone and joint infections (DBJI) are directly intertwined with health, demographic change towards an elderly population, and wellbeing.The elderly human population is more prone to acquire infections, and the consequences such as pain, reduced quality of life, morbidity, absence from work and premature retirement due to disability place significant burdens on already strained healthcare systems and societal budgets.DBJIs are less responsive to systemic antibiotics because of poor vascular perfusion in necrotic bone, large bone defects and persistent biofilm-based infection...
September 2016: Bone & Joint Research
Carol Tishelman, Olav Lindqvist, Senada Hajdarevic, Birgit H Rasmussen, Ida Goliath
The web of relationships between wellbeing and the environments in which people live has long been recognized. However, relatively little research has been conducted about end-of-life surroundings from the perspective of the dying person. In this study, we investigate which aspects of their surroundings are particularly meaningful for the people inhabiting them in the last phases of life, based on participant-produced photographs with follow-up interviews. Twenty-three people were purposefully recruited via specialized in-patient palliative care/hospice units, specialized palliative care home care teams, and residential care facilities for the elderly...
November 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Mariusz Duplaga, Marcin Grysztar, Marcin Rodzinka, Agnieszka Kopec
BACKGROUND: The ageing of modern societies remains one of the greatest challenges for health and social systems. To respond to this challenge, we need effective strategies assuring healthy active life for elderly people. Health promotion and related activities are perceived as a key intervention, which can improve wellbeing in later life. The main aim of this study is the identification and classification of such interventions addressed to older adults and elderly. Therefore, the strategy based on the scoping review as a feasible tool for exploring this domain, summarizing research findings and identifying gaps of evidence, was applied...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Helen Yl Chan, Doris Sf Yu, Doris Yp Leung, Aileen Wk Chan, Elsie Hui
OBJECTIVE: To examine the quality of life and palliative care needs of elderly patients with advanced heart failure (HF). METHODS: This was a correlation descriptive study conducted at a 650-bed sub-acute hospital. Patients who were aged 65 or over, diagnosed with HF of New York Heart Association Class III or IV symptoms, and mentally sound were eligible to the study. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale, the overall quality of life single item scale, and the McQill Quality of Life Questionnaire (MQoL), were used for measurement...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Antonio Calha, Salvador Postigo Mota
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the specificities of aging in Portugal and Spain, in contrast to the reality of nineteen countries of the European Union. METHODOLOGY: The senior condition is characterized in different dimensions: health status, the level of wellbeing, conviviality and sense of loneliness. For that we have analyzed the results of the European Social Survey, round 5. RESULTS: In Portugal, compared to Spain, it has been identified in the elderly population: greater financial difficulties, poorer perceived health status and wellbeing but, simultaneously, less limitation in performing activities of daily life...
June 2016: Revista de Enfermería
Géraldine Rouxel, Estelle Michinov, Virginie Dodeler
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that geriatric care employees are exposed to a large number of factors that can affect their levels of job satisfaction and occupational stress. Although working with elderly people is emotionally demanding, little research has been done on the role played by perceptions of emotional display rules, alongside more traditional work characteristics and individual factors, in the prediction of geriatric care employees' wellbeing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine the role played by work characteristics (job demands, job control, emotional display rules) and individual (affectivity) factors to predict job satisfaction and burnout among French geriatric care nurses...
October 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Yeong Jun Ju, Kyu-Tae Han, Tae-Hoon Lee, Woorim Kim, Juyeong Kim, Eun-Cheol Park
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QoL) in old age is of major importance because the global population is aging rapidly. Offspring support, including financial and emotional support, is important in later life and directly affects the wellbeing of elderly individuals. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between QoL in older parents and offspring support. METHODS: We used baseline data from the 2006-2012 Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging, from 3,274 individuals aged 65 years or older...
2016: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Zahra Ghazavi, Simin Feshangchi, Mousa Alavi, Mahrokh Keshvari
BACKGROUND: Older adults face several physical and psychological problems such as hearing loss, vision loss, and memory loss, which diminish the quality of their communication. Poor communication in turn affects their psychological wellbeing and induces substantial depression, anxiety, and stress. The family has an important role in the mental health of older adults. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the effect of a family-oriented communication skills training program on depression, anxiety, and stress in older adults...
March 2016: Nursing and Midwifery Studies
Riyad Al-Shaqi, Monjur Mourshed, Yacine Rezgui
One of the challenges of the ageing population in many countries is the efficient delivery of health and care services, which is further complicated by the increase in neurological conditions among the elderly due to rising life expectancy. Personal care of the elderly is of concern to their relatives, in case they are alone in their homes and unforeseen circumstances occur, affecting their wellbeing. The alternative; i.e. care in nursing homes or hospitals is costly and increases further if specialized care is mobilized to patients' place of residence...
2016: SpringerPlus
Mobin Yasini, Guillaume Marchand
Serious games could be used to improve cognitive functions in the elderly. We evaluated the adoption of a new tablet application dedicated to cognitive stimulation in the elderly. The Stim'Art application offers various serious games to work different cognitive functions (memory, attention, concentration, etc.). The usage of fifteen older adults was followed for six months. The type of the game, the number of launches for each game, the time spent on each game, the difficulty level, the success rate and perceived well-being of users have been studied and compared at the end of the first and the sixth months...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Walter Luyten, Peter Antal, Bart P Braeckman, Jake Bundy, Francesca Cirulli, Christopher Fang-Yen, Georg Fuellen, Armand Leroi, Qingfei Liu, Patricia Martorell, Andres Metspalu, Markus Perola, Michael Ristow, Nadine Saul, Liliane Schoofs, Karsten Siems, Liesbet Temmerman, Tina Smets, Alicja Wolk, Suresh I S Rattan
Human longevity continues to increase world-wide, often accompanied by decreasing birth rates. As a larger fraction of the population thus gets older, the number of people suffering from disease or disability increases dramatically, presenting a major societal challenge. Healthy ageing has therefore been selected by EU policy makers as an important priority ( ); it benefits not only the elderly but also their direct environment and broader society, as well as the economy...
August 2016: Biogerontology
J P Riddle, H E Smith, C J Jones
There are 5.8 million caregivers providing support to the infirm, disabled or elderly in the United Kingdom. Caregivers experience adverse physical and mental health outcomes and increased mortality. Low cost, effective interventions are needed to increase the wellbeing of caregivers. Written emotional disclosure (WED) has been shown to improve health in a range of populations. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to establish whether WED improves the psychological and physical health of caregivers...
May 2016: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Éric Morgenthaler, Nathalie Joulié Morand
The garden is a place of peace and nature. It draws on all our senses and makes us move our body. It is also an innovative therapeutic tool which can boost the wellbeing of frail or disabled elderly people, as the experience of a nursing home described in this article demonstrates.
February 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
Åsa Gransjön Craftman, Kristina Johnell, Johan Fastbom, Margareta Westerbotn, Eva von Strauss
UNLABELLED: New drugs and expanded drug indications are constantly being introduced. Welfare states strive to provide equity in drug treatment for all of its citizens and todaýs healthcare systems spend financial resources on drugs for the elderly in a higher rate than for any other age group. Drug utilization in elderly persons has an impact in health and wellbeing in older people. THE PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: It was to describe the changes in medication use including people aged 78 years and over regardless of residence and other characteristics over 20 years...
March 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Chi-chi Lung, Justina Yat Wa Liu
BACKGROUND: Good support from and positive relations with institutional staff can enhance the psychosocial wellbeing of residents admitted to a nursing home. Nursing assistants (NAs) interact most frequently with residents and play an important role in developing good rapport with them. Most studies have described the daily interactions between NAs and residents as task oriented. Only few have attempted to explore the perspectives of NAs and residents on their daily interactions. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify the types of daily interactions perceived by NAs and residents...
2016: BMC Geriatrics
Xiaoting Liu, Hung Wong, Kai Liu
BACKGROUND: Against the achievement of nearly universal coverage for social health insurance for the elderly in China, a problem of inequity among different insurance schemes on health outcomes is still a big challenge for the health care system. Whether various health insurance schemes have divergent effects on health outcome is still a puzzle. Empirical evidence will be investigated in this study. METHODS: This study employs a nationally representative survey database, the National Survey of the Aged Population in Urban/Rural China, to compare the changes of health outcomes among the elderly before and after the reform...
January 14, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Katharina Duregger, Dieter Hayn, Jürgen Morak, Ruth Ladenstein, Gunter Schreier
Home-based monitoring might be useful to reduce the burden of long-lasting oncological treatment for children. Current telemonitoring applications focus on chronic diseases or elderly people. Based on the workflow for different stakeholders and the identification of parameters important in paediatric oncology, we developed a prototype of a smartphone-based telehealth system using Near Field Communication technology for monitoring paediatric neuroblastoma patients at home. The parameters blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, body weight, C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, wellbeing, pain level, nausea level and skin alterations could be monitored using a smartphone, a designated app, point-of-care measurement devices and a smart-poster containing RFID tags...
2015: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Fanzhen Mao, Yaofeng Han, Junze Chen, Wei Chen, Manqiong Yuan, Y Alicia Hong, Ya Fang
A first step to achieve successful aging is assessing functional wellbeing of older adults. This study reports the development of a culturally appropriate brief scale (the Multidimensional Functional Health Scale for Chinese Elderly, MFHSCE) to assess the functional health of Chinese elderly. Through systematic literature review, Delphi method, cultural adaptation, synthetic statistical item selection, Cronbach's alpha and confirmatory factor analysis, we conducted development of item pool, two rounds of item selection, and psychometric evaluation...
May 2016: Community Mental Health Journal
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