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

    Exergames versus self-regulated exercises with instruction leaflets to improve adherence during geriatric rehabilitation: a randomized controlled trial

    Improving mobility in elderly persons is a primary goal in geriatric rehabilitation. Self-regulated exercises with instruction leaflets are used to increase training volume but adherence is often low. Exergame...

    Peter Oesch, Jan Kool, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Ellen Brox, Gunn Evertsen, Anton Civit, Roger Hilfiker and Stefan Bachmann

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:77

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  2. Study protocol

    A multi-component cognitive behavioural intervention for the treatment of fear of falling after hip fracture (FIT-HIP): protocol of a randomised controlled trial

    Hip fracture is a common injury in the geriatric population. Despite surgical repair and subsequent rehabilitation programmes, functional recovery is often limited, particularly in individuals with multi-morbi...

    Maaike N. Scheffers-Barnhoorn, Jolanda C. M. van Haastregt, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen, Romke van Balen, Jan H. M. Visschedijk, Wilbert B. van den Hout, Eve M. Dumas, Wilco P. Achterberg and Monica van Eijk

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:71

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  3. Research Article

    Is independence of older adults safe considering the risk of falls?

    Falls affect approx. 30% of elderly population per year. They cause major injuries and reduce independence of the older adults’ functioning.

    Dorota Talarska, Magdalena Strugała, Marlena Szewczyczak, Sławomir Tobis, Michał Michalak, Izabela Wróblewska and Katarzyna Wieczorowska – Tobis

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:66

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Effectiveness of a multicomponent exercise program in the attenuation of frailty in long-term nursing home residents: study protocol for a randomized clinical controlled trial

    There is increasing evidence suggesting that cognition and physical frailty interact within a cycle of decline associated with aging which has been called cognitive frailty. Exercise programs have demonstrated...

    Ana Rodriguez-Larrad, Haritz Arrieta, Chloe Rezola, Maider Kortajarena, Jose Javier Yanguas, Miren Iturburu, María Gil Susana and Jon Irazusta

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:60

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  5. Research Article

    Gender perspectives on views and preferences of older people on exercise to prevent falls: a systematic mixed studies review

    To offer fall prevention exercise programs that attract older people of both sexes there is a need to understand both women’s and men’s views and preferences regarding these programs. This paper aims to system...

    Marlene Sandlund, Dawn A. Skelton, Petra Pohl, Christina Ahlgren, Anita Melander-Wikman and Lillemor Lundin-Olsson

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:58

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  6. Study protocol

    Tailored multifactorial intervention to improve dizziness symptoms and quality of life, balance and gait in dizziness sufferers aged over 50 years: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Dizziness is a frequently reported symptom in older people that can markedly impair quality of life. This manuscript presents the protocol for a randomised controlled trial, which has the main objective of det...

    Jasmine C. Menant, Americo A. Migliaccio, Cameron Hicks, Joanne Lo, Daniela Meinrath, Mayna Ratanapongleka, Jessica Turner, Daina L. Sturnieks, Kim Delbaere, Nickolai Titov, Catherine McVeigh, Jacqueline C. T. Close and Stephen R. Lord

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:56

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  7. Research Article

    Disability in long-term care residents explained by prevalent geriatric syndromes, not long-term care home characteristics: a cross-sectional study

    Self-care disability is dependence on others to conduct activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating and dressing. Among long-term care residents, self-care disability lowers quality of life and increas...

    Natasha E. Lane, Walter P. Wodchis, Cynthia M. Boyd and Thérèse A. Stukel

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:49

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  8. Research Article

    The severity and associated factors of participation restriction among community-dwelling frail older people: an application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF)

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (WHO-ICF) describes participation restriction as one aspect of disability. Participation restriction refers to health problems that can h...

    Justina Yat Wa LIU

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:43

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  9. Research Article

    The psychometric properties of the Chinese version—reintegration to normal living index (C-RNLI) for identifying participation restriction among community-dwelling frail older people

    The Reintegration to Normal Living Index (RNLI) was developed to measure reintegration to normal living after major traumas/illnesses. Its psychometric properties remain unknown when used to measure participat...

    Justina Yat-Wa Liu and Ka Wai Ma

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:41

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  10. Research Article

    Life-space and movement behavior in nursing home residents: results of a new sensor-based assessment and associated factors

    Studies on life-space (LS) and its determinants have previously been limited to community-dwelling subjects but are lacking in institutionalized older persons. The purpose of this study was to provide an advan...

    Carl-Philipp Jansen, Mona Diegelmann, Eva-Luisa Schnabel, Hans-Werner Wahl and Klaus Hauer

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:36

    Published on: 28 January 2017

  11. Research Article

    Prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18–79 years old in the Canadian Health Measures Survey

    There is little certainty as to the prevalence of frailty in Canadians in younger adulthood. This study examines and compares the prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18–79 years old using the Accumulation of De...

    Dustin Scott Kehler, Thomas Ferguson, Andrew N. Stammers, Clara Bohm, Rakesh C. Arora, Todd A. Duhamel and Navdeep Tangri

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:28

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  12. Research Article

    Urinary incontinence and its association with functional physical and cognitive health among female nursing home residents in Switzerland

    Specific knowledge of urinary incontinence (UI) and its interrelation with physical and cognitive health is essential to working towards prevention of UI and to improving quality of treatment and care. The pur...

    Lea F. Schumpf, Nathan Theill, David A. Scheiner, Daniel Fink, Florian Riese and Cornelia Betschart

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:17

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  13. Research article

    A novel method to promote physical activity among older adults in residential care: an exploratory field study on implicit social norms

    Physical activity (PA) levels of older adults living in a care setting are known to be very low. This is a significant health(care) problem, as regular PA has many health benefits also at advanced age. Researc...

    Margot A. Koeneman, Astrid Chorus, Marijke Hopman-Rock and Mai J. M. Chinapaw

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:8

    Published on: 6 January 2017

  14. Research Article

    The efficacy of treadmill training with and without projected visual context for improving walking ability and reducing fall incidence and fear of falling in older adults with fall-related hip fracture: a randomized controlled trial

    The ability to adjust walking to environmental context is often reduced in older adults and, partly as result of this, falls are common in this population. A treadmill with visual context projected on its belt...

    Mariëlle W. van Ooijen, Melvyn Roerdink, Marga Trekop, Thomas W. J. Janssen and Peter J. Beek

    BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:215

    Published on: 28 December 2016

  15. Research Article

    Evaluation of the Home Environment Assessment for the Visually Impaired (HEAVI): an instrument designed to quantify fall-related hazards in the visually impaired

    To (1) develop and refine the Home Environment Assessment for the Visually Impaired (HEAVI), and (2) determine the interrater reliability of this instrument, which was designed to quantify the number of fall-r...

    Bonnielin K. Swenor, Andrea V. Yonge, Victoria Goldhammer, Rhonda Miller, Laura N. Gitlin and Pradeep Ramulu

    BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:214

    Published on: 9 December 2016

  16. Research Article

    Changes in physical functioning among men and women aged 50–79 years in Germany: an analysis of National Health Interview and Examination Surveys, 1997–1999 and 2008–2011

    This study examines changes in physical functioning among adults aged 50-79 years in Germany based on data from two German National Health Interview and Examination Surveys conducted in 1997–1999 (GNHIES98) an...

    A. K. Buttery, Y. Du, M. A. Busch, J. Fuchs, B. Gaertner, H. Knopf and C. Scheidt-Nave

    BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:205

    Published on: 1 December 2016

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