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  1. Residential care is important for older adults, particularly for those with advanced dementia and their families. Education interventions that achieve sustainable improvement in the care of older adults are cr...

    Authors: Christopher Beer, Barbara Horner, Osvaldo P Almeida, Samuel Scherer, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Nick Bretland, Penelope Flett, Frank Schaper and Leon Flicker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:36

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  2. Stroke is a leading cause of death and functional impairment. While older people are particularly vulnerable to stroke, research suggests that they have the poorest awareness of stroke warning signs and risk f...

    Authors: Anne Hickey, Ann O'Hanlon, Hannah McGee, Claire Donnellan, Emer Shelley, Frances Horgan and Desmond O'Neill

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:35

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  3. The number of elderly people requiring hospital care is growing, so, quality and assessment of care for elders are emerging and complex areas of research. Very few validated and reliable instruments exist for ...

    Authors: Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Bernard-Simon Leclerc, Nicole Leduc, Judith Latour, Katherine Berg and Aline Bolduc

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:34

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  4. Few studies have evaluated dipstick urinalysis for elderly and practically none present confidence intervals. Furthermore, most previous studies combine all bacteria species in a "positive culture". Thus, thei...

    Authors: Pär-Daniel Sundvall and Ronny K Gunnarsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:32

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  5. Several medications commonly used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have been designated "potentially inappropriate" for use in patients aged ≥65 years because their risks may outweigh their potentia...

    Authors: Ariel Berger, Marko Mychaskiw, Ellen Dukes, John Edelsberg and Gerry Oster

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:31

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  6. Explicit criteria for determining potentially inappropriate medication consumption in elderly were elaborated by Beers et al. These lists have been used worldwide to evaluate medical prescriptions but there is...

    Authors: Sarah Berdot, Marion Bertrand, Jean-François Dartigues, Annie Fourrier, Béatrice Tavernier, Karen Ritchie and Annick Alpérovitch

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:30

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Balance dysfunction and falls are common problems in later stages of dementia. Exercise is a well-established intervention to reduce falls in cognitively intact older people, although there is limited randomis...

    Authors: Keith D Hill, Dina LoGiudice, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Catherine M Said, Karen J Dodd and Plaiwan Suttanon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:29

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. A care gap exists between recommendations and practice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in fracture patients. The current study was designed to determine rates and predictors of in-hospita...

    Authors: Derek A Haaland, Dana R Cohen, Courtney C Kennedy, Nader A Khalidi, Jonathan D Adachi and Alexandra Papaioannou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:28

    Content type: Research article

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  9. It is today widely accepted that participation in social activities contributes towards successful ageing whilst, at the same time, maintaining independence in the activities of daily living (ADLs) is the sine qu...

    Authors: Encarnación Rubio, Angelina Lázaro and Antonio Sánchez-Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:26

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Depression and elevated depression symptoms are more prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes than in those without diabetes and are associated with adverse health outcomes and increased total healthcare uti...

    Authors: Nadja Chernyak, Frank Petrak, Kristin Plack, Martin Hautzinger, Matthias J Müller, Guido Giani and Andrea Icks

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:25

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Prevention and reduction of disability among community-dwelling older adults have been an important health policy concern in Japan. Moreover, it has also become a gendered issue due to the recent rapid growth ...

    Authors: Nanako Tamiya, Li-Mei Chen, Yasuki Kobayashi, Mariko Kaneda and Eiji Yano

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:24

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  12. Cognitive function is a key determinant of independence and quality of life among older adults. Compared to adults in England, US adults have a greater prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and disease tha...

    Authors: Kenneth M Langa, David J Llewellyn, Iain A Lang, David R Weir, Robert B Wallace, Mohammed U Kabeto and Felicia A Huppert

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:23

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Functional disability, the loss of ability to carry out daily tasks unaided, is a major adverse outcome more common with increasing age. The potential contribution of neuropathological changes in subcortical a...

    Authors: M Byford, C Brayne, I McKeith, M Chatfield, PG Ince and FE Matthews

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:22

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  14. Care for people with dementia and their informal caregivers is a challenging aim in healthcare. There is an urgent need for cost-effective support programs that prevent informal caregivers of people with demen...

    Authors: Anouk Spijker, Frans Verhey, Maud Graff, Richard Grol, Eddy Adang, Hub Wollersheim and Myrra Vernooij-Dassen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:21

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. An attenuation of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling has been associated with elongation of the lifespan in simple metazoan organisms and in rodents. In humans, IGF-1 level has an age-related m...

    Authors: Diego Albani, Sara Batelli, Letizia Polito, Angelica Vittori, Marzia Pesaresi, Giovanni Battista Gajo, Sergio De Angeli, Andrea Zanardo, Maurizio Gallucci and Gianluigi Forloni

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:19

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  16. The use of psychotropic medications and their adverse effects in frail elderly has been debated extensively. However, recent data from European studies show that these drugs are still frequently prescribed in ...

    Authors: Eva Mann, Sascha Köpke, Burkhard Haastert, Kaisu Pitkälä and Gabriele Meyer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:18

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  17. 5.8 M living Americans have experienced a stroke at some time in their lives, 780K had either their first or a recurrent stroke this year, and 150K died from strokes this year. Stroke costs about $66B annually...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Suzanne E Bentler, Elizabeth A Cook, Elizabeth A Chrischilles, Li Liu, Kara B Wright, John F Geweke, Maksym Obrizan, Claire E Pavlik, Robert L Ohsfeldt, Michael P Jones, Robert B Wallace and Gary E Rosenthal

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:17

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  18. Information on hypertension in the very elderly is sparse. Until recently evidence of benefits from pharmacological treatment was inconclusive. We estimated the prevalence of hypertension in subjects aged 80 o...

    Authors: Alba Aguado, Flora López, Sonia Miravet, Pilar Oriol, M Isabel Fuentes, Belén Henares, Teresa Badia, Lluis Esteve and Javier Peligro

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:16

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  19. Motor learning research has had little impact on clinical applications and rarely extended to research about how older adults learn motor skills. There is consistent evidence that motor skill performance and l...

    Authors: Eling D de Bruin, Jaap Swanenburg, Elsbeth Betschon and Kurt Murer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:15

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  20. Accidental falls by older patients in hospital are one of the most commonly reported adverse events. Falls after discharge are also common. These falls have enormous physical, psychological and social conseque...

    Authors: Anne-Marie Hill, Keith Hill, Sandra Brauer, David Oliver, Tammy Hoffmann, Christopher Beer, Steven McPhail and Terry P Haines

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Brain size is associated with cognitive ability in adulthood (correlation ~ .3), but few studies have investigated the relationship in normal ageing, particularly beyond age 75 years. With age both brain size ...

    Authors: Susan D Shenkin, Carly S Rivers, Ian J Deary, John M Starr and Joanna M Wardlaw

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:12

    Content type: Research article

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