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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541763/fall-risk-screening-protocol-for-older-hearing-clinic-patients
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Robin E Criter, Julie A Honaker
OBJECTIVE: The primary purposes of this study were (1) to describe measures that may contrast audiology patients who fall from those who do not fall and (2) to evaluate the clinical performance of measures that could be easily used for fall risk screening in a mainstream audiology hearing clinic. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study Study sample: Thirty-six community-dwelling audiology patient participants and 27 community-dwelling non-audiology patients over 60 years of age...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540118/spinal-cord-injury-in-the-geriatric-population-risk-factors-treatment-options-and-long-term-management
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REVIEW
Tochukwu C Ikpeze, Addisu Mesfin
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are sustained by more than 12 500 patients per year in the United States and more globally. The SCIs disproportionately affect the elderly, especially men. Approximately 60% of these injuries are sustained traumatically through falls, but nontraumatic causes including infections, tumors, and medication-related epidural bleeding have also been documented. Preexisting conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis can render the spine stiff and are risk factors as well as cervical spondylosis and ensuing cervical stenosis...
June 2017: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539681/risk-of-falls-in-the-rheumatic-patient-at-geriatric-age
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Prusinowska, Arkadiusz Komorowski, Teresa Sadura-Sieklucka, Krystyna Księżopolska-Orłowska
Evaluating the risk of falling of a geriatric rheumatic patient plays an essential role not only in planning and carrying out the physiotherapeutic process. The consequences of falls may be different and, although they do not always result in serious repercussions such as fractures or injuries, it is sufficient that they generate the fear of falling and cause a significant reduction in physical activity. Assessing functional capacity to define the risk of falling is of utmost importance in the case of patients after joint arthroplasty surgeries...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539164/relationship-between-the-use-of-benzodiazepines-and-falls-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mª José Díaz-Gutiérrez, Mónica Martínez-Cengotitabengoa, Estíbaliz Sáez de Adana, Ana Isabel Cano, Maria Teresa Martínez-Cengotitabengoa, Ariadna Besga, Rafael Segarra, Ana González-Pinto
Falls in the elderly represent a major health problem. The etiology of falls is usually multifactorial. Special attention should be paid on benzodiazepines (BZDs) since they are widely used by older adults. A literature search of the PUBMED and EMBASE databases from January 2007 to February 2017 was conducted using the MeSH terms "benzodiazepines", "elderly" and "falls" or "accidental falls". The systematic review was performed according to PRISMA criteria. Of the 27 references selected for full reading from 235 found, 15 were eliminated and 12 papers were selected for systematic review...
July 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536117/the-association-between-whole-body-sagittal-balance-and-risk-of-falls-among-elderly-patients-seeking-treatment-for-back-pain
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J Kim, J Y Hwang, J K Oh, M S Park, S W Kim, H Chang, T-H Kim
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the association between whole body sagittal balance and risk of falls in elderly patients who have sought treatment for back pain. Balanced spinal sagittal alignment is known to be important for the prevention of falls. However, spinal sagittal imbalance can be markedly compensated by the lower extremities, and whole body sagittal balance including the lower extremities should be assessed to evaluate actual imbalances related to falls...
May 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531243/increased-postural-sway-during-quiet-stance-as-a-risk-factor-for-prospective-falls-in-community-dwelling-elderly-individuals
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Jonas Johansson, Anna Nordström, Yngve Gustafson, Göran Westling, Peter Nordström
Objective: fall-related injuries constitute major health risks in older individuals, and these risks are projected to increase in parallel with increasing human longevity. Impaired postural stability is a potential risk factor related to falls, although the evidence is inconclusive, partly due to the lack of prospective studies. This study aimed to investigate how objective measures of postural sway predict incident falls. Design, setting and participants: this prospectively observational study included 1,877 community-dwelling individuals aged 70 years who participated in the Healthy Ageing Initiative between June 2012 and December 2015...
May 22, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524114/bath-ambience-a-mechatronic-system-for-assisting-the-caregivers-of-bedridden-people
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Karolina Bezerra, José Machado, Vítor Carvalho, Marcelo Castro, Pedro Costa, Demétrio Matos, Filomena Soares
The health of older people is receiving special attention and dedication nowadays, with the aim of increasing their general wellbeing and quality of life. Studies into different aspects of the care of the elderly have found that emphasis should be given to solving problems related to bathing in different situations and environments. In particular, it is important to develop new assistive technologies to streamline and ease the burden of a caregiver's daily tasks. Generally-speaking, in the case of bedridden patients, bathing is typically carried out manually by a caregiver, using towels, sponges, and a water basin...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513119/low-borderline-levels-of-serum-vitamin-b12-may-predict-cognitive-decline-in-elderly-hip-fracture-patients
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Eliyahu H Mizrahi, Emilia Lubart, Arthur Leibovitz
BACKGROUND: The progression from cognitive impairment to dementia is a multifactorial process that involves genetic and environmental factors. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be an important factor in the progress from cognitive decline to dementia. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between borderline low level of vitamin B12 (≤ 350 pg/ml) and cognitive decline among a group of elderly hip fracture patients. METHODS: This retrospective chart review study was conducted in a geriatric rehabilitation ward of a university-affiliated referral hospital...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503457/the-association-between-fall-history-and-physical-performance-tests-in-the-community-dwelling-elderly-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Jin Chul Kim, Jinmann Chon, Hee Sang Kim, Jong Ha Lee, Seung Don Yoo, Dong Hwan Kim, Seung Ah Lee, Yoo Jin Han, Hyun Seok Lee, Bae Youl Lee, Yun Soo Soh, Chang Won Won
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between baseline characteristics, three physical performance tests and fall history in a sample of the elderly from Korean population. METHODS: A total of 307 participants (mean age, 76.70±4.85 years) were categorized into one of two groups, i.e., fallers and non-fallers. Fifty-two participants who had reported falling unexpectedly at least once in the previous 12 months were assigned to the fallers group. Physical performance tests included Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed Up and Go test...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503199/the-aachen-fall-prevention-app-a-smartphone-application-app-for-the-self-assessment-of-elderly-patients-at-risk-for-ground-level-falls
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Peter Rasche, Alexander Mertens, Christina Bröhl, Sabine Theis, Tobias Seinsch, Matthias Wille, Hans-Christoph Pape, Matthias Knobe
BACKGROUND: Fall incidents are a major problem for patients and healthcare. The "Aachen Fall Prevention App" (AFPA) represents the first mobile Health (mHealth) application (app) empowering older patients (persons 50+ years) to self-assess and monitor their individual fall risk. Self-assessment is based on the "Aachen Fall Prevention Scale," which consists of three steps. First, patients answer ten standardized yes-no questions (positive criterion ≥ 5 "Yes" responses). Second, a ten-second test of free standing without compensatory movement is performed (positive criterion: compensatory movement)...
2017: Patient Safety in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492520/an-ecologically-controlled-exoskeleton-can-improve-balance-recovery-after-slippage
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V Monaco, P Tropea, F Aprigliano, D Martelli, A Parri, M Cortese, R Molino-Lova, N Vitiello, S Micera
The evolution to bipedalism forced humans to develop suitable strategies for dynamically controlling their balance, ensuring stability, and preventing falling. The natural aging process and traumatic events such as lower-limb loss can alter the human ability to control stability significantly increasing the risk of fall and reducing the overall autonomy. Accordingly, there is an urgent need, from both end-users and society, for novel solutions that can counteract the lack of balance, thus preventing falls among older and fragile citizens...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490560/nursing-home-team-care-deprescribing-study-a-stepped-wedge-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Chong-Han Kua, Cindy Ying Ying Yeo, Cheryl Wai Teng Char, Cheryl Wei Yan Tan, Poh Ching Tan, Vivienne Sl Mak, Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Ian Yi-Onn Leong
INTRODUCTION: An ageing population has become an urgent concern for Asia in recent times. In nursing homes, polypharmacy has also become a compounding issue. Deprescribing practice is an evidence-based strategy to provide a better outcome in this group of patients; however, its implementation in nursing homes is often challenging, and prospective outcome data on deprescribing practice in the elderly is lacking. Our study assesses the implementation of team-care deprescribing to understand the benefits of this practice in geriatric setting and to explore the factors affecting deprescribing practice...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489888/a-two-question-tool-to-assess-the-risk-of-repeated-falls-in-the-elderly
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Alejandro Rodríguez-Molinero, César Gálvez-Barrón, Leire Narvaiza, Antonio Miñarro, Jorge Ruiz, Esther Valldosera, Natalia Gonzalo, Thalia Ng, María Jesús Sanguino, Antonio Yuste
INTRODUCTION: Older adults' perception of their own risk of fall has never been included into screening tools. The goal of this study was to evaluate the predictive validity of questions on subjects' self-perception of their own risk of fall. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted on a probabilistic sample of 772 Spanish community-dwelling older adults, who were followed-up for a one year period. At a baseline visit, subjects were asked about their recent history of falls (question 1: "Have you fallen in the last 6 months?"), as well as on their perception of their own risk of fall by using two questions (question 2: "Do you think you may fall in the next few months?" possible answers: yes/no; question 3: "What is the probability that you fall in the next few months?" possible answers: low/intermediate/high)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486231/decrease-of-horizontal-canal-vestibulo-oculomotor-reflex-gain-in-the-elderly-with-dysequilibrium-without-lifetime-vertigo
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Roberto Teggi, Matteo Trimarchi, Omar Gatti, Francesco Fornasari, Mario Bussi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Unsteadiness in the elderly is a frequent complaint and a strong predictor of falls and psychological distress. Although there is a general consensus that it is a multifactorial condition, recent studies have focused on the role of aging of the vestibular system as a possible cofactor. The aim of our work was to assess horizontal canal function in the elderly. METHODS: We evaluated the gain of horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) with a video head impulse test on a sample of 58 subjects aged >70 years without lifetime episodes of vertigo and correlated the value with different clinical conditions (hypertension, diabetes, prior cardiovascular and vascular disorders of the central nervous system, and falls)...
May 10, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473990/age-and-sex-effects-on-the-active-stiffness-of-vastus-intermedius-under-isometric-contraction
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Cong-Zhi Wang, Jing-Yi Guo, Tian-Jie Li, Yongjin Zhou, Wenxiu Shi, Yong-Ping Zheng
Previously, a novel technique was proposed to quantify the relationship between the muscle stiffness and its nonfatigue contraction intensity. The method extended the measured range of isometric contraction to 100% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) using an ultrasonic shear wave measurement setup. Yet, it has not been revealed how this relationship could be affected by factors like age or sex. To clarify these questions, vastus intermedius (VI) stiffness of 40 healthy subjects was assessed under 11 step levels of isometric contraction...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469903/transitional-care-management-in-the-outpatient-setting
#16
Analiza Baldonado, Ofelia Hawk, Thomas Ormiston, Danielle Nelson
Patients who are high risk high cost (HRHC), those with severe or multiple medical issues, and the chronically ill elderly are major drivers of rising health care costs.1 The HRHC patients with complex health conditions and functional limitations may likely go to emergency rooms and hospitals, need more supportive services, and use long-term care facilities.2 As a result, these patient populations are vulnerable to fragmented care and "falling through the cracks".2 A large county health and hospital system in California, USA introduced evidence-based interventions in accordance with the Triple AIM3 focused on patient-centered health care, prevention, health maintenance, and safe transitions across the care continuum...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450961/evaluation-of-hip-abductor-and-adductor-strength-in-the-elderly-a-reliability-study
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Simone Gafner, Caroline H G Bastiaenen, Philippe Terrier, Ilona Punt, Serge Ferrari, Gabriel Gold, Rob de Bie, Lara Allet
BACKGROUND: In elderly individuals an increased muscle strength contributes to the diminution of the falls risk and associated adverse events. An increasing interest in lateral control exists due to the fatal consequences of postero-lateral falls. Therefore a proper assessment of frontal plane hip muscle strength in elderly is important but remains challenging. Therefore we aimed to investigate the feasibility and repeatability of a hip abductor and adductor maximum voluntary isometric strength (MVIS) and rate of force generation (RFG) test in elderly...
2017: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448783/effectiveness-of-a-clinical-pharmacist-medication-therapy-management-program-in-discontinuation-of-drugs-to-avoid-in-the-elderly
#18
Nicole Caffiero, Thomas Delate, Mercy D Ehizuelen, Kris Vogel
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence of fall risk associated with some drugs to avoid in the elderly (DAEs), many aged patients continue to receive them. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of a clinical pharmacist medication therapy management program (MTM) on discontinuation of prescribed DAEs. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted at an integrated health care delivery system. Kaiser Permanente Colorado beneficiaries aged ≥65 years who were MTM-eligible and targeted for a DAE dispensing between 01/01/2015 and 09/30/2015 were included in the observation group...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448461/prospective-study-on-the-impact-of-fear-of-falling-on-functional-decline-among-community-dwelling-elderly-women
#19
Kyungwon Choi, Gyeong-Suk Jeon, Sung-Il Cho
Fear of falling (FOF) is expected to have effects on functional decline in the elderly. In this study, we examined over 2 years the effect of change in FOF on functional decline in community dwelling elderly. We conducted a secondary analysis using data from elderly women, 70 years of age and older, who participated in the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA). Participants were divided into four categories according to change in FOF between the 2010 and 2012 surveys. Multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted regarding the effects of changes in FOF on functional decline after controlling for variables as known risk factors for functional decline...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445418/hyponatremia-is-associated-with-worse-outcomes-from-fall-injuries-in-the-elderly
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Spencer C H Kuo, Pao-Jen Kuo, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Shiun-Yuan Hsu, Ching-Hua Hsieh
Background: Hyponatremia has been proposed as a contributor to falls in the elderly, which have become a major global issue with the aging of the population. This study aimed to assess the clinical presentation and outcomes of elderly patients with hyponatremia admitted due to fall injuries in a Level I trauma center. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed data obtained from the Trauma Registry System for trauma admissions from January 2009 through December 2014. Hyponatremia was defined as a serum sodium level <135 mEq/L, and only patients who had sustained a fall at ground level (<1 m) were included...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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