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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

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:205

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  2. Content type: Research Article

    Assessment of functional ability in elderly patients is often based on self-reported rather than performance-based measures. This study aims to compare self-reported and performance-based measures of functiona...

    Authors: Louise M. Nielsen, Hans Kirkegaard, Lisa G. Østergaard, Karina Bovbjerg, Kasper Breinholt and Thomas Maribo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:199

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Hip fractures resulting from falls increase substantially with advancing age and less than half of older hip fracture survivors regain their former levels of mobility. There is increasing evidence that rehabil...

    Authors: Camila Astolphi Lima, Catherine Sherrington, Adriana Guaraldo, Suzana Albuquerque de Moraes, Renata dos Ramos Varanda, Juliana de Araújo Melo, Kodi Edson Kojima and Monica Perracini

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:198

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  4. Content type: Research Article

    A need exits to develop a protocol for preventing pressure ulcers (PUs) in private for-profit nursing homes in Hong Kong, where the incidence of PUs is relatively high and which have high proportion of non-pro...

    Authors: Enid WY Kwong, Maria SY Hung and Kevin Woo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:192

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    It is well documented that both balance and resistance training have the potential to mitigate intrinsic fall risk factors in older adults. However, knowledge about the effects of simultaneously executed balan...

    Authors: Nils Eckardt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:191

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Physical frailty is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in community-dwelling older adults. Burden in informal caregivers of older adults causes significant physical and psychological distress....

    Authors: Thom J. Ringer, Afeez Abiola Hazzan, Courtney C. Kennedy, Sarah Karampatos, Christopher Patterson, Sharon Marr, Brian Misiaszek, Tricia Woo, George Ioannidis and Alexandra Papaioannou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:186

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is considered important to prevent disability among community-dwelling older people. To develop MVPA programs aimed at reducing or preventing disability more insig...

    Authors: Astrid Etman, Frank H. Pierik, Carlijn B. M. Kamphuis, Alex Burdorf and Frank J. van Lenthe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:183

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  8. Content type: Research Article

    The Life-Space Assessment (LSA), developed in the USA, is an instrument focusing on mobility with respect to reaching different areas defined as life-spaces, extending from the room where the person sleeps to ...

    Authors: Sofi Fristedt, Ann-Sofi Kammerlind, Marie Ernsth Bravell and Eleonor I. Fransson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:181

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    The use of Fall-Risk-Increasing-Drugs (FRIDs) has been associated with increased risk of falls and associated injuries. This study investigates the effect of withdrawal of FRIDs versus ‘care as usual’ on healt...

    Authors: Suzanne Polinder, Nicole D. A. Boyé, Francesco U. S. Mattace-Raso, Nathalie Van der Velde, Klaas A. Hartholt, Oscar J. De Vries, Paul Lips, Tischa J. M. Van der Cammen, Peter Patka, Ed F. Van Beeck and Esther M. M. Van Lieshout

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:179

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    There is evidence about time-dependent fracture rates in different settings and situations. Lacking are data about underlying time-dependent fall risk patterns. The objective of the study was to analyse fall r...

    Authors: Kilian Rapp, Johannes Ravindren, Clemens Becker, Ulrich Lindemann, Andrea Jaensch and Jochen Klenk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:173

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Health-promoting interventions tailored to support older persons to remain in their homes, so-called “ageing in place” is important for supporting or improving their health. The health-promoting programme “Eld...

    Authors: Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Kajsa Eklund, Katarina Wilhelmson, Lina Behm, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf, Lena Zidén, Sten Landahl and Susanne Gustafsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:171

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Intelligence is related to both height and body mass index (BMI) at various stages of life. Several studies have demonstrated longitudinal relationships between these measures, but none has established whether...

    Authors: Mathew A. Harris, Caroline E. Brett, Ian J. Deary and John M. Starr

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:167

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A concept referred to as locomotive syndrome (LS) was proposed by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association in order to help identify middle-aged and older adults who may be at high risk of requiring healthcare ser...

    Authors: Misa Nakamura, Yosuke Kobashi, Hiroshi Hashizume, Hiroyuki Oka, Ryohei Kono, Sachiko Nomura, Akihiro Maeno, Munehito Yoshida and Hirotoshi Utsunomiya

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:166

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  14. Content type: Research Article

    Dizziness is highly prevalent among older people and associated with many health factors. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of and factors related to dizziness among community-dwelling older...

    Authors: Ann-Sofi C. Kammerlind, Marie Ernsth Bravell and Eleonor I. Fransson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:159

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    Hip fractures are an increasingly common consequence of falls in older people that are associated with a high risk of death and reduced function. This review aims to quantify the impact of hip fracture on olde...

    Authors: Suzanne M. Dyer, Maria Crotty, Nicola Fairhall, Jay Magaziner, Lauren A. Beaupre, Ian D. Cameron and Catherine Sherrington

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:158

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    Anaemia is a common problem in hospitalized older patients and is recognized as a risk factor for a significant number of adverse outcomes. Data of the effect of anaemia on functional status during hospitaliza...

    Authors: Etienne Joosten, Elke Detroyer and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:153

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There are limited published data reporting Australian hospitalized elders’ vulnerability to functional decline to guide best practice interventions. The objectives of this study were to describe the prevalence...

    Authors: Lenore Beddoes-Ley, Damien Khaw, Maxine Duke and Mari Botti

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:150

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