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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222528/comparing-approaches-to-optimize-cut-off-scores-for-short-cognitive-screening-instruments-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
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Rónán O'Caoimh, Yang Gao, Anton Svendovski, Paul Gallagher, Joseph Eustace, D William Molloy
BACKGROUND: Although required to improve the usability of cognitive screening instruments (CSIs), the use of cut-off scores is controversial yet poorly researched. OBJECTIVE: To explore cut-off scores for two short CSIs: the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) and Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment (Qmci) screen, describing adjustments in scores for diagnosis (MCI or dementia), age (≤, >75 years), and education (<, ≥12 years), comparing two methods: the maximal accuracy approach, derived from receiver operating characteristic curves, and Youden's Index...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222516/intelligent-assistive-technology-for-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias-a-systematic-review
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Marcello Ienca, Jotterand Fabrice, Bernice Elger, Maurizio Caon, Alessandro Scoccia Pappagallo, Reto W Kressig, Tenzin Wangmo
Intelligent assistive technologies (IATs) have the potential of offering innovative solutions to mitigate the global burden of dementia and provide new tools for dementia care. While technological opportunities multiply rapidly, clinical applications are rare as the technological potential of IATs remains inadequately translated into dementia care. In this article, the authors present the results of a systematic review and the resulting comprehensive technology index of IATs with application in dementia care...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222369/what-can-gait-tell-us-about-dementia-review-of-epidemiological-and-neuropsychological-evidence
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REVIEW
Vyara Valkanova, Klaus P Ebmeier
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment and gait disorders in people over the age of 65 represent major public health issues because of their high frequency, their link to poor outcomes and high costs. Research has demonstrated that these two geriatric syndromes are closely related. METHODS AND RESULTS: We aim to review the evidence supporting the relationship between gait and cognitive impairment, particularly focusing on epidemiological and neuropsychological studies in patients with Mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia...
February 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220251/triple-aim-improvement-for-individuals-services-and-society-in-dementia-care-the-dementianet-collaborative-care-approach
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M S Nieuwboer, A Richters, M A van der Marck
BACKGROUND: A redesigning of primary care is required to meet dementia patients' needs. In the Netherlands, current dementia care still falls short in areas including ad hoc collaboration, lack of feedback on quality to professionals involved, and insufficient implementation of established multidisciplinary guidelines. OBJECTIVE: DementiaNet is a collaborative care approach, which aims to reduce the burden of the disease on individuals, healthcare services and society via network-based care that encourages collaboration, enhances knowledge and skills and stimulates quality improvement cycles...
February 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219932/more-research-needed-on-animal-assisted-interventions-in-dementia
#5
Michael A Rapp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2017: Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218850/impact-of-phosphorylation-and-pseudo-phosphorylation-on-the-early-stages-of-aggregation-of-the-microtubule-associated-protein-tau
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Dmitriy V Prokopovich, John W Whittaker, Micaiah M Muthee, Azka Ahmed, Luca Larini
The microtubule associated protein tau regulates the stability of microtubules within neurons in the central nervous system. In turn, microtubules are responsible for the remodeling of the cytoskeleton that ultimately leads to the formation or pruning of new connections among neurons. As a consequence, dysfunction of tau is associated with many forms of dementia as well as Alzheimer's disease. In the brain, tau activity is regulated by its phosphorylation state. Phosphorylation is a post-translational modification of proteins that adds a phosphate group to the side chain of an amino acid...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218595/effect-of-home-modification-interventions-on-the-participation-of-community-dwelling-adults-with-health-conditions-a-systematic-review
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Susan Stark, Marian Keglovits, Marian Arbesman, Deborah Lieberman
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review investigated the role of home modification interventions to improve participation outcomes for community-living adults and older adults. METHOD: Thirty-six articles met the inclusion criteria. The majority of the studies investigated older adult populations and used occupational therapists as interventionists. RESULTS: Strong evidence was found for home modification interventions to improve function for people with a variety of health conditions and for both single and multicomponent interventions that included home modifications to reduce the rate and risk of falls among older adults...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216597/the-uncommon-impact-of-common-environmental-details-on-walking-in-older-adults
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Katherine Brookfield, Catharine Ward Thompson, Iain Scott
Walking is the most common form of physical activity amongst older adults. Older adults' walking behaviors have been linked to objective and perceived neighborhood and street-level environmental attributes, such as pavement quality and mixed land uses. To help identify components of walkable environments, this paper examines some of these environmental attributes and explores their influence on this population's walking behaviors. It draws on focus group and interview data collected from 22 purposively sampled older adults aged 60 years and over...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215753/preserving-personhood-the-strategies-of-men-negotiating-the-experience-of-dementia
#9
Edward Tolhurst, Bernhard Weicht
An understanding of dementia requires sensitivity to the complex breadth of factors that comprise the person's experiential and social context. This is necessary to ensure that academic and public perspectives on dementia are not subsumed under homogenising discourses that prioritise the neurodegenerative basis of the condition. Gender is one such factor of this 'social location' that must be acknowledged. Cultural standards of masculinity have particular impacts upon men with the condition, thus generating distinctive challenges...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214783/group-engagement-in-persons-with-dementia-the-concept-and-its-measurement
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Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Tasmia Hai, Michael Comishen
Although a few papers documented benefits of group therapeutic activities for individuals with dementia, there is a dearth of studies that have investigated the effects of group activities on persons with dementia. This paper introduces a theoretical framework of studying group therapeutic recreational activity, the Comprehensive Process Model of Group Engagement, and an assessment tool, the Group Observational Measurement of Engagement (GOME). We also report the psychometric properties of this assessment. One hundred and four persons with dementia took part in ten different group activities, with each activity conducted twice at random order so that 20 activities were observed for each group of participants...
February 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212683/evidence-for-benefit-of-statins-to-modify-cognitive-decline-and-risk-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Nophar Geifman, Roberta Diaz Brinton, Richard E Kennedy, Lon S Schneider, Atul J Butte
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial research and development investment in Alzheimer's disease (AD), effective therapeutics remain elusive. Significant emerging evidence has linked cholesterol, β-amyloid and AD, and several studies have shown a reduced risk for AD and dementia in populations treated with statins. However, while some clinical trials evaluating statins in general AD populations have been conducted, these resulted in no significant therapeutic benefit. By focusing on subgroups of the AD population, it may be possible to detect endotypes responsive to statin therapy...
February 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212648/formulation-of-evidence-based-messages-to-promote-the-use-of-physical-activity-to-prevent-and-manage-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Jennifer Heisz, John C Spence, Ilana B Clark, Jordan Antflick, Chris I Ardern, Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Mary Duggan, Audrey L Hicks, Amy E Latimer-Cheung, Laura Middleton, Kirk Nylen, Donald H Paterson, Chelsea Pelletier, Michael A Rotondi
BACKGROUND: The impending public health impact of Alzheimer's disease is tremendous. Physical activity is a promising intervention for preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease. However, there is a lack of evidence-based public health messaging to support this position. This paper describes the application of the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation II (AGREE-II) principles to formulate an evidence-based message to promote physical activity for the purposes of preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease...
February 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212496/antipsychotic-use-in-dementia
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Julia Kirkham, Chelsea Sherman, Clive Velkers, Colleen Maxwell, Sudeep Gill, Paula Rochon, Dallas Seitz
Antipsychotics are necessary for many older adults to treat major mental illnesses or reduce distressing psychiatric symptoms. Current controversy exists over the role of antipsychotics in the management of neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in persons with dementia. Although some NPS may be appropriately and safely treated with antipsychotics, a fine balance must be achieved between the benefits of these medications, which are often modest, and adverse events, which may have significant consequences. Approximately one-third of all persons with dementia are currently prescribed antipsychotic medications, and there is significant variation in the use of antipsychotics across care settings and providers...
March 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212320/a-mediterranean-diet-to-improve-cardiovascular-and-cognitive-health-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-intervention-study
#14
Alexandra T Wade, Courtney R Davis, Kathryn A Dyer, Jonathan M Hodgson, Richard J Woodman, Hannah A D Keage, Karen J Murphy
The Mediterranean diet has demonstrated efficacy for improving cardiovascular and cognitive health. However, a traditional Mediterranean diet delivers fewer serves of dairy and less dietary calcium than is currently recommended in Australia, which may limit long-term sustainability. The present study aims to evaluate whether a Mediterranean diet with adequate dairy and calcium can improve cardiovascular and cognitive function in an at-risk population, and thereby reduce risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cognitive decline...
February 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212172/cognitive-decline-associated-with-anesthesia-and-surgery-in-the-elderly-does-this-contribute-to-dementia-prevalence
#15
Lisbeth Evered, David A Scott, Brendan Silbert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on the current state of research investigating the effects of anesthesia and surgery on cognition in the elderly, including consideration of overlap with cognitive disorders in the community. RECENT FINDINGS: The studies reviewed here identify detrimental effects of anesthesia and surgery on cognition in a proportion of elderly individuals. Animal models demonstrate an association between anesthetic agents and Alzheimer's disease pathology...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205215/multicenter-validation-of-an-mmse-moca-conversion-table
#16
David Bergeron, Kelsey Flynn, Louis Verret, Stéphane Poulin, Rémi W Bouchard, Christian Bocti, Tamàs Fülöp, Guy Lacombe, Serge Gauthier, Ziad Nasreddine, Robert Jr Laforce
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence points to the superiority of the MoCA over the MMSE as a cognitive screening tool. To facilitate the transition from the MMSE to the MoCA in clinical and research settings, authors have developed MMSE-MoCA conversion tables. However, it is unknown whether a conversion table generated from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients would apply to patients with other dementia subtypes like vascular dementia or frontotemporal dementia. Furthermore, the reliability and accuracy of MMSE-MoCA conversion tables has not been properly evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203365/polypharmacy-and-inappropriate-medication-use-in-patients-with-dementia-an-underresearched-problem
#17
REVIEW
Carole Parsons
Multimorbidity and polypharmacy are increasingly prevalent across healthcare systems and settings as global demographic trends shift towards increased proportions of older people in populations. Numerous studies have demonstrated an association between polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP), and have reported high prevalence of PIP across settings of care in Europe and North America and, as a consequence, increased risk of adverse drug reactions, healthcare utilization, morbidity and mortality...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202945/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-association-with-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Marios K Georgakis, Andreas Synetos, Constantinos Mihas, Maria A Karalexi, Dimitrios Tousoulis, Sudha Seshadri, Eleni Th Petridou
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a marker of prolonged exposure to high blood pressure and a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. The objective of the current study was to investigate its association with cognitive function. Following standard guidelines, pairs of independent reviewers screened 2359 articles to search for studies that addressed the research question, extracted data and evaluated the quality of the studies using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale; authors were contacted for additional data...
February 16, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199356/risk-of-dementia-from-proton-pump-inhibitor-use-in-asian-population-a-nationwide-cohort-study-in-taiwan
#19
Shu-Yu Tai, Chen-Yu Chien, Deng-Chyang Wu, Kun-Der Lin, Bo-Lin Ho, Yu-Han Chang, Yang-Pei Chang
INTRODUCTION: Concerns have been raised regarding the potential association between proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine this association in an Asian population. METHODS: Patients initiating PPI therapy between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2003 without a prior history of dementia were identified from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. The outcome of interest was all-cause dementia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198314/bilingual-people-are-better-at-managing-dementia
#20
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People who speak two or more languages cope better with the symptoms of dementia, new research suggests.
February 15, 2017: Nursing Standard
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