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Taiki Sugimoto, Takashi Sakurai, Rei Ono, Ai Kimura, Naoki Saji, Shumpei Niida, Kenji Toba, Liang-Kung Chen, Hidenori Arai
Since the operational definition of "cognitive frailty" was first proposed in 2013 by the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, several studies have been carried out using this cognitive frailty model. In this review, we examined the available clinical and epidemiological evidence for cognitive frailty. Despite its low prevalence (1.0-1.8%) in the community setting, cognitive frailty has been associated with a high risk of disability, poor quality of life, and death; while cognitive frailty appears to be associated with a high risk of dementia, there is no clear evidence for this association...
March 12, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
Kelly Niles-Yokum
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January 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Anne Lelièvre, Stéphane Gérard, Sophie Hermabessière, Monique Martinez, Bruno Péran, Yves Rolland
Confronted with the growing incidence of age-related pathologies and the limits of so-called traditional medicine oriented towards the prescribing of medicines, non-pharmacological approaches have grown considerably in the geriatric community. A literature review focused on the therapeutic benefit of humour, laughter and the use of clowns on the physical and psychological health of elderly people.
March 2018: Soins. Gérontologie
Tara J Schapmire, Barbara A Head, Whitney A Nash, Pamela A Yankeelov, Christian D Furman, R Brent Wright, Rangaraj Gopalraj, Barbara Gordon, Karen P Black, Carol Jones, Madri Hall-Faul, Anna C Faul
A fragmented workforce consisting of multiple disciplines with varying levels of training and limited ability to work as a team often provides care to older adults. Interprofessional education (IPE) is essential for preparing practitioners for the effective teamwork required for community-based, holistic, person-centered care of the older adults. Despite numerous programs and offerings to advance education and interdisciplinary patient care, there is an unmet need for geriatric IPE, especially as it relates to community-dwelling older adults and caregivers in medically underserved areas...
2018: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Sharon K Inouye
This article is based on the M. Powell Lawton Award Lecture that I delivered at the 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting. I provide an overview of my journey in geriatric medicine and delirium research. I created new measures, including the Confusion Assessment Method, for identification of delirium; conceptualized a multifactorial risk model; and developed and tested intervention strategies for delirium prevention. The Hospital Elder Life Program arose from this work. In addition, like Dr...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
H Shimada, H Makizako, K Tsutsumimoto, T Doi, S Lee, T Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Cognitive frailty may be a preventive or therapeutic target for preventing dementia and functional decline with age. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between physical and cognitive frailty and the incidence of dementia in community-living older persons. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: General community in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 4072 persons aged ≥ 65 years...
2018: Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
Yutaka Watanabe, Hidenori Arai, Hirohiko Hirano, Shiho Morishita, Yuki Ohara, Ayako Edahiro, Masaharu Murakami, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takeshi Kikutani, Takao Suzuki
AIM: To investigate the association between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and oral status, and to develop an oral-based screening index for MCI. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a total of 5104 community-dwelling adults (aged ≥65 years) from the Obu Study of Health Promotion for the Elderly. Screening for MCI included a standardized personal interview, Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatrics and Gerontology-Functional Assessment Tool (which included 8 tasks used to assess logical memory, word list memory, attention and executive function, processing speed, and visuospatial skill) and oral status...
January 30, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Jessica M Finlay, Heather Davila, Mary O Whipple, Ellen M McCreedy, Eric Jutkowitz, Anne Jensen, Rosalie A Kane
Traditional university learning modalities of lectures and examinations do not prepare students fully for the evolving and complex world of gerontology and geriatrics. Students involved in more active, self-directed learning can develop a wider breadth of knowledge and perform better on practical examinations. This article describes the Evidence in Aging (EIA) study as a model of active learning with the aim of preparing students to be effective interdisciplinary researchers, educators, and leaders in aging...
January 24, 2018: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
A I I King, M L Boyd, D L Raphael, A Jull
BACKGROUND: Nurse-led models of comprehensive geriatric assessment and care coordination can improve health management as well as reduce hospitalisations for high risk community dwelling older people. This study investigated the effect on healthcare utilisation of systematic case finding to identify high risk older people in the community with a subsequent comprehensive assessment and care coordination intervention by a Gerontology Nurse Specialist based in primary care. METHODS: This was a controlled before-after study design located within primary healthcare practices in Auckland, New Zealand...
January 22, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Oscarina da Silva Ezequiel, Isabella Noceli de Oliveira, Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Giancarlo Lucchetti
BACKGROUND: The present study aims to investigate the effect of two educational strategies to teach geriatrics (flipped classroom-FL and traditional lectures-TR) in relation to a control group (no intervention) on students' competences. METHOD: An intervention study was conducted during the third year of medicine. Two different educational strategies (flipped classroom and traditional lectures) were incorporated into a theoretical-practical discipline of geriatrics...
January 21, 2018: Medical Teacher
Flavie Gouraud, Franck Rexand-Galais, Benoit Maillard, Hélène Delrieu
The expression of the sexuality of the ageing patient in the care setting, particularly when it concerns the genital area and involves the caregiver without he or she being aware, constitutes a critical situation for the geriatric teams. A psychodynamic reading of these situations is important for the caregiving teams in order to optimise the somatic treatment and to prevent the risk of an unsuitable reactive treatment. This article presents a clinical case as an example.
January 2018: Soins. Gérontologie
T Doi, H Makizako, K Tsutsumimoto, R Hotta, S Nakakubo, K Makino, T Suzuki, H Shimada
OBJECTIVES: Frailty is a course experienced in advanced aging. Identification of a biological factor associated with frailty is required. Although serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a potential factor related with frailty, consensus has not been reached regarding this relationship. This study aimed to investigate the association between IGF-1 and frailty in older adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Cohort study that was part of the "National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology - Study of Geriatric Syndromes...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Taishi Tsuji, Yasuhiro Miyaguni, Satoru Kanamori, Masamichi Hanazato, Katsunori Kondo
PURPOSE: Community-level group participation is a structural aspect of social capital that may have a contextual influence on an individual's health. Herein, we sought to investigate a contextual relationship between community-level prevalence of sports group participation and depressive symptoms in older individuals. METHODS: We used data from the 2010 Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES), a population-based, cross-sectional study of individuals aged ≥65 years without long-term care needs in Japan...
January 3, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Pierre Krolak-Salmon, Laurent Letrilliart, Mathieu Ceccaldi, Sandrine Andrieu, Olivier Guérin, Bruno Dubois, Bruno Brochet, Pierre Vandel, Claude Jeandel, Armelle Leperre-Desplanques, Michel Clanet, Pierre-Louis Druais
Neurocognitive disorders leading to progressive cognitive, functional and behavioural impairment are often undiagnosed or diagnosed lately. But tailored care and therapeutics help in implementing secondary and tertiary prevention dynamics aiming at preserving quality of life and delaying, anticipating or preventing behavioural crisis and severe stages of dementia. Moreover, the diagnosis of numerous diseases induces specific care and therapeutics, as well access to research and clinical trials. For the first time, the representatives of the National College of General Practitioners, the French Federation of Memory Centres, the French Federation of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the French Federation of Neurology, the French Society of Psychogeriatrics and the national plan on neurodegenerative diseases propose a graduated and tailored diagnosis strategy involving primary care and specialists of neurocognitive disorders...
December 26, 2017: La Presse Médicale
Enisa Ramic, Senada Selmanovic, Esad Alibasic, Dzevad Dzananovic, Fejzo Dzafic, Irma Ramic
Introduction: There are four main multifactorial syndromes in geriatrics the so-called "4N", which specifically occur at elderly patients. Listed syndromes often occur related, and they can be the cause and the result of many other syndromes at geriatric patients. Objective: determine the difference in the assessment of the level of immobility, instability, dependence, urinary incontinence ("4N") in elderly groups. Materials and methods: The research included total 200 elderly respondents experimental group made of elderly persons (>65 years) living alone...
December 2017: Materia Socio-medica
Arsun Bektas, Shepherd H Schurman, Ranjan Sen, Luigi Ferrucci
The aging process is driven by interrelated mechanisms that lead to the emergence of characteristic phenotypes that include changes in body composition, energy production and utilization imbalance, homeostatic dysregulation, and neurodegeneration and loss of neuroplasticity. Mainstream theories of aging all recognize that the aging phenotypes result from an imbalance between stressors and stress buffering mechanisms and a resultant loss of compensatory reserve leading to accumulation of unrepaired damage. This in turn results in increased disease susceptibility, reduced functional reserve, reduced healing capacity and stress resistance, unstable health and finally failure to thrive...
December 21, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
Alexandra C H Nowakowski, J E Sumerau
Prior literature on illness management within intimate relationships demonstrates a variety of benefits from supportive partnership. Indeed, much of the earliest research in this field engaged older adults with and without chronic conditions. However, this pioneering literature gave little consideration to relationships in which multiple partners were coping with chronic illness. By contrast, the majority of published manuscripts presented a "sick partner/well partner" model in which caregiving flowed only in one direction...
January 2017: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Ronald L Ettinger, Zachary S Goettsche, Fang Qian
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to re-examine the teaching of geriatric dentistry in the USA dental schools, to identify curriculum content and compare the findings to previous reports. METHODS: All dental schools in the United States were contacted via email with a questionnaire to assess the teaching of geriatric dentistry. Non-responding schools were sent a minimum of three reminder emails to complete the survey. A statistical analysis was performed. Descriptive statistics were conducted to profile the variables of interest...
October 23, 2017: Gerodontology
A I I King, M L Boyd, L Dagley, D L Raphael
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore an innovative primary healthcare gerontology nurse specialist role from the perspectives of older people and health professionals. BACKGROUND: Primary care is struggling to meet the needs and demands of complex older people. New models which incorporate holistic assessment and care coordination are necessary. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive general inductive design was used. METHODS: Older people at risk of health and functional decline were identified and received a comprehensive gerontology assessment and care coordination...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Virginia Boccardi, Manuela Conestabile Della Staffa, Marta Baroni, Sara Ercolani, Michele Francesco Croce, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Patrizia Mecocci
BACKGROUND: Presence of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) is very common in subjects with cognitive impairment, representing an important determinant of disease progression, institutionalization, and worse prognosis. Knowledge of the prevalence and correlates of BPSD in community-living old subjects with cognitive impairment is limited so far, but it is essential for establishing specifically tailored care and cure in such a vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: With this study, we aimed at investigating, in a large sample of old age subjects with cognitive impairment, BPSD prevalence and correlates including the main demographic, clinical, and socio-environmental characteristics...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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