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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. Content type: Research Article

    Walking, and in particular, outdoor walking, is the most common form of physical activity for older adults. To date, no study investigated the association between the neighborhood built environment and physica...

    Authors: Anna M. Chudyk, Heather A. McKay, Meghan Winters, Joanie Sims-Gould and Maureen C. Ashe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:82

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:77

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:71

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  4. Content type: Research Article

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

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:66

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:60

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  6. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:58

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:56

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  8. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:49

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: Justina Yat-Wa Liu and Ka Wai Ma

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:41

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: Justina Yat Wa LIU

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:43

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    Muscle co-activation plays an important role in enhancing joint stability for movement regulation during motor learning activities. In normal aging, greater muscle co-activation is induced during gait in elder...

    Authors: Hwang-Jae Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Byung-Ok Choi, Gyu-Ha Ryu and Yun-Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:44

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:36

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  13. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:28

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    The survivors after hip fracture often report severe pain and loss of physical functioning. The poor outcomes cause negative impact on the person’s physical functioning and quality of life and put a financial ...

    Authors: Kristi Elisabeth Heiberg, Vigdis Bruun-Olsen and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:23

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:17

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:8

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  17. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:215

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  18. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:214

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