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  1. Study protocol

    Informed decision-making with and for people with dementia – efficacy of the PRODECIDE education program for legal representatives: protocol of a randomized controlled trial (PRODECIDE-RCT)

    In Germany, the guardianship system provides adults who are no longer able to handle their own affairs a court-appointed legal representative, for support without restriction of legal capacity. Although these ...

    Julia Lühnen, Burkhard Haastert, Ingrid Mühlhauser and Tanja Richter

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:217

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  2. Research Article

    Prevalence of frailty and its associated factors in older hospitalised patients in Vietnam

    Frailty is an emerging issue in geriatrics and gerontology. The prevalence of frailty is increasing as the population ages. Like many developing countries, Vietnam has a rapidly ageing population. However, the...

    Huyen Thi Thanh Vu, Thanh Xuan Nguyen, Tu N. Nguyen, Anh Trung Nguyen, Robert Cumming, Sarah Hilmer and Thang Pham

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:216

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  3. Study protocol

    A randomized controlled trial of physical activity with individual goal-setting and volunteer mentors to overcome sedentary lifestyle in older adults at risk of cognitive decline: the INDIGO trial protocol

    Increasing physical activity (PA) effectively in those who are inactive is challenging. For those who have subjective memory complaints (SMC) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) this is a greater challenge nece...

    Kay L. Cox, Elizabeth V. Cyarto, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Kathryn A. Ellis, Helman Alfonso, Linda Clare, Danny Liew, David Ames, Leon Flicker, Osvaldo P. Almeida, Dina LoGiudice and Nicola T. Lautenschlager

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:215

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Development of a home-based training program for post-ward geriatric rehabilitation patients with cognitive impairment: study protocol of a randomized-controlled trail

    Geriatric patients with cognitive impairment (CI) show an increased risk for a negative rehabilitation outcome and reduced functional recovery following inpatient rehabilitation. Despite this obvious demand, e...

    Martin Bongartz, Rainer Kiss, Phoebe Ullrich, Tobias Eckert, Jürgen Bauer and Klaus Hauer

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:214

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Evaluation design of Urban Health Centres Europe (UHCE): preventive integrated health and social care for community-dwelling older persons in five European cities

    Older persons often have interacting physical and social problems and complex care needs. An integrated care approach in the local context with collaborations between community-, social-, and health-focused or...

    Carmen B. Franse, Antonius J.J. Voorham, Rob van Staveren, Elin Koppelaar, Rens Martijn, Elisa Valía-Cotanda, Tamara Alhambra-Borrás, Tasos Rentoumis, Lovorka Bilajac, Vanja Vasiljev Marchesi, Tomislav Rukavina, Arpana Verma, Greg Williams, Gary Clough, Jorge Garcés-Ferrer, Francesco Mattace Raso…

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:209

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  6. Research Article

    Meeting psychosocial needs for persons with dementia in home care services – a qualitative study of different perceptions and practices among health care providers

    The majority of persons with dementia are home-dwelling. To enable these persons to stay in their own homes as long as possible, a holistic, individual and flexible care is recommended. Despite a requirement f...

    Anette Hansen, Solveig Hauge and Ådel Bergland

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:211

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  7. Research Article

    Correlates of alcohol consumption among Germans in the second half of life. Results of a population-based observational study

    Several studies have investigated the predictors of alcohol consumption behavior among adolescents and young adults. However, the body of evidence about the relationship between in particular psychological fac...

    André Hajek, Jens-Oliver Bock, Siegfried Weyerer and Hans-Helmut König

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:207

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  8. Research Article

    Cognitive function in very old men does not correlate to biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease

    The Alzheimer’s disease (AD) brain displays atrophy with amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau deposition, whereas decreased Aβ42 and increased tau are measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The aim of this study was to rela...

    V. Velickaite, V. Giedraitis, K. Ström, I. Alafuzoff, H. Zetterberg, L. Lannfelt, L. Kilander, E-M. Larsson and M. Ingelsson

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:208

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  9. Research Article

    Dysphoric symptoms in relation to other behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, among elderly in nursing homes

    Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are common and varied in the elderly. The aim of the current study was to explore associations between BPSD and dysphoric symptoms at different levels o...

    Agnes Lindbo, Maria Gustafsson, Ulf Isaksson, Per-Olof Sandman and Hugo Lövheim

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:206

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  10. Research Article

    Distinctive subgroups derived by cluster analysis based on pain and psychological symptoms in Swedish older adults with chronic pain – a population study (PainS65+)

    Improved knowledge based on clinical features of chronic pain in older adults would be valuable in terms of patient-orientated approaches and would provide support for health care systems in optimizing health ...

    Britt Larsson, Björn Gerdle, Lars Bernfort, Lars-Åke Levin and Elena Dragioti

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:200

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  11. Research Article

    Self-medication among the elderly in Iran: a content analysis study

    Self-medication is described as the use of drugs without a physician’s prescription to treat self-recognized illness or symptoms, and an important health issue among the elderly. Despite the wide range of diff...

    Seyede Salehe Mortazavi, Mohsen Shati, Hamid Reza Khankeh, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Shiva Mehravaran and Seyed Kazem Malakouti

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:198

    Published on: 1 September 2017

  12. Research Article

    Cost-effectiveness analysis of a multifactorial fall prevention intervention in older home care clients at risk for falling

    Falls among older adults can cause serious morbidity and pose economic burdens on society. Older age is a known risk factor for falls and age has been shown to influence the effectiveness of fall prevention pr...

    Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Johnna Perdrizet, Maureen Markle-Reid and Jeffrey S. Hoch

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:199

    Published on: 1 September 2017

  13. Research Article

    Disability and ageing in China and India – decomposing the effects of gender and residence. Results from the WHO study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

    China and India are the world’s two most populous countries. Although their populations are growing in number and life expectancies are extending they have different trajectories of economic growth, epidemiolo...

    Jennifer Stewart Williams, Fredrik Norström and Nawi Ng

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:197

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  14. Research Article

    A four-domain approach of frailty explored in the Doetinchem Cohort Study

    Accumulation of problems in physical, psychological, cognitive, or social functioning is characteristic for frail individuals. Using a four-domain approach of frailty, this study explored how sociodemographic ...

    Sandra H van Oostrom, Daphne L van der A, M Liset Rietman, H Susan J Picavet, Manon Lette, W M Monique Verschuren, Simone R de Bruin and Annemieke M W Spijkerman

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:196

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  15. Study protocol

    A multi-center, randomized, controlled trial to assess the efficacy of optimization of drug prescribing in an elderly population, at 18 months of follow-up, in the evolution of functional autonomy: the OPTIM study protocol

    Pharmacotherapy is necessary for the management of many diseases which number increased with aging. However, potentially inappropriate prescriptions and polymedication increases iatrogenic risks and can lead t...

    Virginie Dauphinot, Elodie Jean-Bart, Pierre Krolak-Salmon and Christelle Mouchoux

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:195

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  16. Research Article

    Psychological determinants of influenza vaccination

    Previous studies investigated the determinants of individuals’ decision to vaccinate against influenza primarily focusing on social as well as certain proximal determinants, for example, behavioral beliefs. Th...

    Jens-Oliver Bock, André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:194

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  17. Case report

    Toscana virus meningo-encephalitis: an important differential diagnosis for elderly travellers returning from Mediterranean countries

    Elderly patients have a long list of differentials for causes of acute confusion and altered consciousness levels, including infectious agents. In addition, elderly, retired patients often have more time to tr...

    James Veater, Farhan Mehedi, Chee Kay Cheung, Laura Nabarro, Jane Osborne, Nicholas Wong, Martin Wiselka and Julian W Tang

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:193

    Published on: 29 August 2017

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