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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643549/examination-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-geriatric-fear-of-falling-measure-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-in-the-united-states
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Tuo-Yu Chen, Jerri D Edwards, Megan Janke
This current study investigated the construct validity and reliability of the Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure (GFFM) among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. Eighty-eight participants were assessed on the GFFM together with demographics, falls, and fear of falling and falls-efficacy measures at baseline and an 8-week follow-up visit. Cronbach's alpha, regression analyses, and correlation analyses were used to examine the psychometric properties of the GFFM. The results showed that the GFFM demonstrated good construct validity and reliability among community-dwelling older adults in the United States...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643419/positive-and-negative-associations-of-individual-social-capital-factors-with-health-among-community-dwelling-older-people
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Mai Kabayama, Chie Watanabe, Hirochika Ryuno, Kei Kamide
AIM: Previous literature has found positive correlations between social capital and health in older adults, fewer studies have investigated the subdimension's effects of social capital on health. We aimed to determine the individual social capital subfactors in community-dwelling older adults in Japan, and to analyze the associations of these factors with physical and mental health. METHOD: We sent a self-administered questionnaire assessing their perception of social group activity as the individual social capital, and mental and physical health (measured by the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36) to 4320 randomly selected older people...
June 23, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642623/predicting-long-term-mortality-in-hospitalized-elderly-patients-using-the-new-espen-definition
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Jiaojiao Jiang, Xiaoyi Hu, Jing Chen, Haozhong Wang, Lei Zhang, Birong Dong, Ming Yang
The European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) recently published new diagnostic criteria for malnutrition. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether malnutrition by the new ESPEN diagnostic criteria can predict long-term mortality in elderly inpatients. We conducted a prospective study in the acute geriatric wards. Malnutrition was defined according to the new ESPEN criteria and the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA), respectively. The survival status was determined by telephone interviews at 3-years...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642002/development-of-geriatric-mental-health-learning-objectives-for-medical-students-a-response-to-the-institute-of-medicine-2012-report
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Susan W Lehmann, William B Brooks, Dennis Popeo, Kirsten M Wilkins, Mary C Blazek
America is aging as the population of older adults increases. The shortage of geriatric mental health specialists means that most geriatric mental healthcare will be provided by physicians who do not have specialty training in geriatrics. The Institute of Medicine Report of 2012 highlighted the urgent need for development of national competencies and curricula in geriatric mental health for all clinicians. Virtually all physicians can expect to treat older patients with mental health symptoms, yet currently there are no widely accepted learning objectives in geriatric mental health specific for medical students...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639714/plasma-cytokine-il-6-levels-and-subjective-cognitive-decline-preliminary-findings
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Andrew P Keegan, Daniel Paris, Cheryl A Luis, Laila Abdullah, Ghania Ait-Ghezala, David Beaulieu-Abdelahad, Makenzie Pryor, Jillian Chaykin, Gogce Crynen, Fiona Crawford, Michael Mullan
OBJECTIVE: Detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) prior to clinical inception will be paramount for introducing disease modifying treatments. We have begun collecting baseline characteristics of a community cohort for longitudinal assessment and testing of antecedent blood-based biomarkers. We describe the baseline visit from the first 131 subjects in relationship to a commonly described cytokine, interleukin 6 (IL-6). METHODS: Subjects from the community presented for a free memory screening with varying degrees of memory concern...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639340/impact-of-frailty-and-residual-subsyndromal-delirium-on-1-year-functional-recovery-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Justin Chew, Wee Shiong Lim, Mei Sian Chong, Yew Yoong Ding, Laura Tay
AIM: To investigate the association between frailty and incomplete delirium recovery at discharge (residual subsyndromal delirium [RSSD]), and to examine the mediating role of RSSD in the relationship between frailty and functional recovery at 12 months post-delirium. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 234 individuals aged ≥65 years admitted to a specialized delirium unit. A 20-item frailty index was derived using items from a comprehensive geriatric assessment...
June 22, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639299/understanding-suicide-across-the-lifespan-a-united-states-perspective-of-suicide-risk-factors-assessment-management
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Ian H Steele, Natasha Thrower, Paul Noroian, Fabian M Saleh
Suicide is a troubling, preventable phenomenon. Prior to attempts, individuals often seek help, prompting practitioners to perform risk assessments that ideally use evidence-based risk management strategies. A literature review was performed using Harvard Countway Library of Medicine, Google Scholar, PubMed. Key words used were "Forensic Science," "Suicide Risk Management," "Pediatric Suicide Risk Factors," "Adult Suicide Risk Factors," "Geriatric Suicide Risk Factors," "Suicide Risk Assessment." Parameters limited articles to studies/reviews completed in the past twenty years in the United States...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638938/-geriatric-case-management-at-the-kitchen-table-patient-outcome-of-the-pilot-project-for-a%C3%A2-regional-geriatric-care-concept-in-the-district-of-lippe
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Charlotte Şahin, Anja Rethmeier-Hanke, Olaf Iseringhausen, Constanze Liebe, Bernd Wedmann, Kira Hower
BACKGROUND: The interdisciplinary healthcare treatment of the elderly needs to consider their complex needs. There is a need for new structures of care to be tested, as in the model project regional geriatric care (RVG) concept. The aim is to qualitatively improve the treatment of elderly, multimorbid people by the implementation of case management and therefore to promote living in their own home and avoidance of the necessity for care. OBJECTIVE: How can the quality of care of a geriatric care concept be measured and the benefits for the target group be evaluated? MATERIALS AND METHODS: The explorative evaluation study reports patient outcomes for n = 380 participants who underwent geriatric assessment at the beginning of the intervention and again 12 months later...
June 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638514/internal-medicine-residents-ambulatory-management-of-core-geriatric-conditions
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Kathryn E Callahan, Lindsay A Wilson, Juliessa M Pavon, James F Lovato, Hal H Atkinson, Jan Busby-Whitehead, Thomas Dalton, Mitchell T Heflin, Patricia Iverson, Janice S Lawlor, Justin Marsden, William P Moran, Ellen Roberts, Jeff D Williamson
BACKGROUND: Adults aged 65 years and older account for more than 33% of annual visits to internal medicine (IM) generalists and specialists. Geriatrics experiences are not standardized for IM residents. Data are lacking on IM residents' continuity experiences with older adults and competencies relevant to their care. OBJECTIVE: To explore patient demographics and the prevalence of common geriatric conditions in IM residents' continuity clinics. METHODS: We collected data on age and sex for all IM residents' active clinic patients during 2011-2012...
June 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637980/satisfaction-with-dietary-life-affects-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-and-subjective-well-being-in-very-elderly-people
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Toshimitsu Iinuma, Yasumichi Arai, Midori Takayama, Michiyo Takayama, Yukiko Abe, Yusuke Osawa, Motoko Fukumoto, Yusuke Fukui, Yohei Shioda, Nobuyoshi Hirose, Kazuo Komiyama, Nobuhito Gionhaku
Age-related deterioration in physical and oral health reduces healthy life expectancy and is thus an important problem for very elderly people. We investigated the effects of satisfaction with dietary life (SDL) in everyday life on oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) and subjective well-being and examined associations between these factors. We evaluated 426 elders aged 85 years or older. All participants completed a questionnaire that inquired about age, gender, drinking status, body mass index, cognitive function, disability, and comorbidities, among other covariates...
2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637556/pretrauma-functional-independence-measure-score-predicts-survival-in-geriatric-trauma
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Brian Fletcher, Eric Bradburn, Christopher Baker, Bryan Collier, Mark Hamill, Katherine Shaver
The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is used by rehabilitation professionals to access disability. The FIM score combines both motor and cognitive parameters to assess a patient's level of required assistance in performing activities of daily living (ADL). The geriatric trauma patient is becoming an increasingly important cohort for trauma services. FIM has been shown to predict discharge outcomes and those at high risk for falls. We hypothesized pretrauma FIM scores may predict survival in the geriatric trauma population...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635539/an-old-challenge-with-new-promises-a-systematic-review-on-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Francesco Panza, Vincenzo Solfrizzi, Madia Lozupone, Maria Rosaria Barulli, Francesca D'Urso, Roberta Stallone, Vittorio Dibello, Alessia Noia, Cristina Di Dio, Antonio Daniele, Antonello Bellomo, Davide Seripa, Antonio Greco, Giancarlo Logroscino
Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multidimensional and multidisciplinary diagnostic process focused on determining the clinical profile, pathological risk, residual skills, short- and long-term prognosis, and the personalized therapeutic and care plan of the functionally compromised and frail older subjects. Previous evidence suggested that the effectiveness of CGA programs may be influenced by the settings where the CGA is performed [i.e., hospital, post-hospital discharge/ long-term care facilities (LTCF), or community/home] as well as the specific clinical conditions of older frail individuals...
June 21, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635066/consensus-development-of-quality-indicators-for-end-of-life-care-for-elders-in-japan
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Harue Masaki, Nobuko Kawai, Keiko Matsumoto, Miyoko Kuwata, Sachiko Yoshioka, Midori Nishiyama, Ryoko Uchino, Hiroko Nagae, Megumi Teshima, Sayuri Sakai, Kazuko Endo
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Quality indicators for end-of-life care have been published; however, none have been developed specifically for nursing in the cultural and traditional context of Japan. This study aimed to develop and build a consensus of quality indicators for end-of-life care for elders in Japan from the perspective of nursing science. METHODS: To develop the quality indicators, we used a literature review, expert panel process, and the Delphi technique among clinical nurse specialists in geriatrics...
June 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634893/geriatric-assessment-and-functional-decline-in-older-patients-with-lung-cancer
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L Decoster, C Kenis, D Schallier, J Vansteenkiste, K Nackaerts, L Vanacker, N Vandewalle, J Flamaing, J P Lobelle, K Milisen, J De Grève, H Wildiers
PURPOSE: Older patients with lung cancer are a heterogeneous population making treatment decisions complex. This study aims to evaluate the value of geriatric assessment (GA) as well as the evolution of functional status (FS) in older patients with lung cancer, and to identify predictors associated with functional decline and overall survival (OS). METHODS: At baseline, GA was performed in patients ≥70 years with newly diagnosed lung cancer. FS measured by activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) was reassessed at follow-up to define functional decline and OS was collected...
June 20, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634202/hemoglobin-a1c-variability-predicts-symptoms-of-depression-in-elderly-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
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Ramit Ravona-Springer, Anthony Heymann, James Schmeidler, Erin Moshier, Elizabeth Guerrero-Berroa, Laili Soleimani, Mary Sano, Derek Leroith, Rachel Preiss, Ruth Tzukran, Jeremy M Silverman, Michal Schnaider Beeri
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the relationship of variability in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) over years with subsequent depressive symptoms. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Subjects (n = 837) were participants of the Israel Diabetes and Cognitive Decline (IDCD) study, which aimed to examine the relationship of characteristics of long-term type 2 diabetes with cognitive decline. All pertain to a diabetes registry established in 1998, which contains an average of 18 HbA1c measurements per subject...
June 20, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633384/correlates-of-dyspnoea-and-its-association-with-adverse-outcomes-in-a-cohort-of-adults-aged-80-and-over
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Eralda Hegendörfer, Bert Vaes, Catharina Matheï, Gijs Van Pottelbergh, Jean-Marie Degryse
Background: adults aged 80 and over, a fast growing age-group, with increased co-morbidity and frailty have not been the focus of previous research on dyspnoea. We investigate the correlates of dyspnoea and its association with adverse outcomes in a cohort of adults aged 80 and over. Methods: about 565 community-dwelling adults aged 80 and over of the BELFRAIL prospective cohort had assessment of Medical Research Council dyspnoea scale (MRC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), physical performance tests, grip strength, 15 items geriatric depression scale, activities of daily living (ADL), body mass index (BMI) and demographics data...
June 14, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632933/patient-characteristics-associated-with-a-successful-response-to-nurse-led-care-programs-targeting-the-oldest-old-a-comparison-of-two-rcts
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Nienke Bleijenberg, Lorenz Imhof, Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Margaret I Wallhagen, Niek J de Wit, Marieke J Schuurmans
BACKGROUND: To improve the effectiveness of community-based care programs, especially those targeting the oldest-old population (80+), data are needed that elucidate those factors associated with a successful response to the intervention. Two comparable nurse-led care programs have been evaluated in two large randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one in Switzerland and one in the Netherlands. AIMS: To identify common patient characteristics that are related to a successful response to proactive nurse-led care, we explored if and to what extent, identical factors were present in both study populations...
June 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632549/biomechanical-investigation-of-a-novel-revision-device-in-an-osteoporotic-model-pullout-strength-of-pedicle-screw-anchor-versus-larger-screw-diameter
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Jacinto Manon, Mir M Hussain, Jonathan Harris, Mark Moldavsky, Frank La Marca, Brandon S Bucklen
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro cadaveric biomechanical study. OBJECTIVE: To assess revision pullout strength of novel anchored screws (AS) versus conventional larger diameter traditional pedicle screws (TPS) in an osteoporotic model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pedicle screws are the most ubiquitous method of treating spinal pathologies requiring lumbar fusion. Although these screws are effective in providing 3-column stabilization of the spine, revision surgeries are occasionally necessary, particularly for geriatric and osteoporotic populations...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632340/prescribing-in-the-oldest-old-inpatients-a-retrospective-analysis-of-patients-referred-for-specialist-geriatric-consultation
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Sivarajah Ilango, Peter Pillans, Nancye M Peel, Ian Scott, Leonard C Gray, Ruth E Hubbard
INTRODUCTION: While medications may prolong life and prevent morbidity in older people, adverse effects of polypharmacy are increasingly recognised. As patients age and become frail, prescribing may be expected to focus more on symptom control and minimise potentially harmful preventive medication use that confer little benefit within a short lifespan. Whether prescribing practice shifts to one of symptom control among the oldest old admitted to hospital remains unclear. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all patients aged ≥85 years referred for comprehensive geriatric assessment at a tertiary care hospital between May 2006 and December 2014 for whom all prescribed medications were documented...
June 20, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631285/quality-assurance-of-falls-reduction-in-an-orthopaedic-ward-using-a-novel-bedside-trolley-table-set-up-strategy
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Shuang Quan Chan, Marianne Wadsley, Sue Ferriere
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether a novel bedside trolley table set-up decreased inpatient falls (IF) postintervention. METHODS: From December 2012 to December 2014, geriatric patients admitted to our orthopaedic ward with extreme falls risk had a bedside trolley placed between them and a floor sensor mat to give responders more time to prevent IF. Pre- and postintervention falls data was reviewed for falls reduction using falls per month as comparison standard. IF were classified as high or low/medium risk using St Thomas's Risk Assessment Tool In Falling Elderly inpatients (STRATIFY) scoring...
June 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
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