Physical functioning, physical health and activity

Section edited by Ian Cameron

This section covers activities of daily living, frailty, fractures, falls, exercise, posture, gait, hip complications, complications with general bodily functions, e.g. gastroenterological, urological.

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  1. Research Article

    Adapted yoga to improve physical function and health-related quality of life in physically-inactive older adults: a randomised controlled pilot trial

    Yoga is a holistic therapy of expanding popularity, which has the potential to produce a range of physical, mental and social benefits. This trial evaluated the feasibility and effects of an adapted yoga progr...

    Garry A. Tew, Jenny Howsam, Matthew Hardy and Laura Bissell

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:131

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  2. Research Article

    The effect of a daily application of a 0.05% chlorhexidine oral rinse solution on the incidence of aspiration pneumonia in nursing home residents: a multicenter study

    Dysphagia and potential respiratory pathogens in the oral biofilm are risk factors for aspiration pneumonia in nursing home residents. The aim of the study was to examine if the daily application of 0.05% chlo...

    Vanessa R. Y. Hollaar, Gert-Jan van der Putten, Claar D. van der Maarel-Wierink, Ewald M. Bronkhorst, Bert J. M. de Swart and Nico H. J. Creugers

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:128

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  3. Research Article

    Prevalence of frailty among community dwelling older adults in receipt of low level home support: a cross-sectional analysis of the North Dublin Cohort

    There is increasing demand for formal government funded home help services to support community-dwelling older people in Ireland, yet limited information exists on the health profiles of this group, especially...

    Sara Kelly, Irene O’Brien, Karla Smuts, Maria O’Sullivan and Austin Warters

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:121

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  4. Research Article

    Trajectories of the relationships of physical activity with body composition changes in older men: the MrOS study

    Excess adiposity gains and significant lean mass loss may be risk factors for chronic disease in old age. Long-term patterns of change in physical activity (PA) and their influence on body composition decline ...

    Deepika R. Laddu, Peggy M. Cawthon, Neeta Parimi, Andrew R. Hoffman, Eric Orwoll, Iva Miljkovic and Marcia L. Stefanick

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:119

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  5. Research Article

    The design and development of a complex multifactorial falls assessment intervention for falls prevention: The Prevention of Falls Injury Trial (PreFIT)

    This paper describes the design and development of a complex multifactorial falls prevention (MFFP) intervention for implementation and testing within the framework of a large UK-based falls prevention randomi...

    Julie Bruce, Shvaita Ralhan, Ray Sheridan, Katharine Westacott, Emma Withers, Susanne Finnegan, John Davison, Finbarr C. Martin and Sarah E. Lamb

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:116

    Published on: 1 June 2017

  6. Research Article

    Feasibility and efficacy of a multi-factorial intervention to prevent falls in older adults with cognitive impairment living in residential care (ProF-Cog). A feasibility and pilot cluster randomised controlled trial

    Falls are common in people with dementia living in residential care. The ProF-Cog intervention was developed to address fall risk factors specific to this population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ...

    Julie Whitney, Stephen H.D. Jackson and Finbarr C. Martin

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:115

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  7. Research Article

    Positive and negative influences of social participation on physical and mental health among community-dwelling elderly aged 65–70 years: a cross-sectional study in Japan

    Although numerous investigations have indicated that social participation (SP) has positive effects on the health of older adults, there have been few studies on its negative health consequences. We examined t...

    Kimiko Tomioka, Norio Kurumatani and Hiroshi Hosoi

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:111

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  8. Research Article

    Physical activity among hospitalized older adults – an observational study

    Low level of physical activity is common among hospitalized older adults and is associated with worse prognosis. The aim of this paper is to describe the pattern and level of physical activity in a group of ho...

    Sigurd Evensen, Olav Sletvold, Stian Lydersen and Kristin Taraldsen

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:110

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  9. Research Article

    Absolute and relative accelerometer thresholds for determining the association between physical activity and metabolic syndrome in the older adults: The Generation-100 study

    When assessing population adherence to physical activity (PA) recommendation using accelerometers, absolute intensity threshold definition is applied despite having limited validity in those with low cardiores...

    Nina Zisko, Javaid Nauman, Silvana Bucher Sandbakk, Nils Petter Aspvik, Øyvind Salvesen, Trude Carlsen, Hallgeir Viken, Jan Erik Ingebrigtsen, Ulrik Wisløff and Dorthe Stensvold

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:109

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  10. Research Article

    The effects of low-repetition and light-load power training on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with sarcopenia: a pilot study

    Age-related reduction in bone mineral density (BMD) is generally accelerated in women after menopause, and could be even more pronounced in individuals with sarcopenia. Light-load power training with a low num...

    Kanako Hamaguchi, Toshiyuki Kurihara, Masahiro Fujimoto, Motoyuki Iemitsu, Koji Sato, Takafumi Hamaoka and Kiyoshi Sanada

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:102

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  11. Research Article

    Physical inactivity and self-reported depression among middle- and older-aged population in South Asia: World health survey

    With the increase in the understanding of the influence of various lifestyle factors such as sedentary behaviour and level of physical activity (PA) on physical and mental health, there has been a growing rese...

    Ghose Bishwajit, Daniel Peter O’Leary, Sharmistha Ghosh, Sanni Yaya, Tang Shangfeng and Zhanchun Feng

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:100

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  12. Research Article

    Age and gender differences in the association between social participation and instrumental activities of daily living among community-dwelling elderly

    Although many studies have suggested social participation (SP) has beneficial effects on elderly people’s health, most of them failed to deal with paid work. Additionally, few studies have focused on the age e...

    Kimiko Tomioka, Norio Kurumatani and Hiroshi Hosoi

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:99

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  13. Research Article

    Interrater and test-retest reliability and validity of the Norwegian version of the BESTest and mini-BESTest in people with increased risk of falling

    The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) was developed to assess underlying systems for balance control in order to be able to individually tailor rehabilitation interventions to people with balance disor...

    Charlotta Hamre, Pernille Botolfsen, Gro Gujord Tangen and Jorunn L. Helbostad

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:92

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  14. Study protocol

    Protocol for the home hazards removal program (HARP) study: a pragmatic, randomized clinical trial and implementation study

    Falls remain the leading cause of injury, long-term disability, premature institutionalization, and injury-related mortality in the older adult population. Home modifications, when delivered by occupational th...

    Susan Stark, Emily Somerville, Marian Keglovits, Jane Conte, Melody Li, Yi-Ling Hu and Yan Yan

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:90

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  15. Research Article

    Dancing in time: feasibility and acceptability of a contemporary dance programme to modify risk factors for falling in community dwelling older adults

    Falls are a common cause of injury in older adults, with the prevention of falls being a priority for public health departments around the world. This study investigated the feasibility, and impact of an 8 wee...

    Laura Britten, Christine Addington and Sarah Astill

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:83

    Published on: 11 April 2017

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