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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    Volunteering could be a win-win opportunity for older adults: Links between volunteering and societal improvements as well as older adults’ own health and longevity are found in several observational studies. ...

    Authors: Lisa M. Warner, Da Jiang, Alice Ming-Lin Chong, Tianyuan Li, Julia K. Wolff and Kee-Lee Chou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:22

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The trajectories for health-related quality of life of patients receiving home-based primary care are not well identified. Our objective was to investigate changes in the quality of life (QOL) and factors that...

    Authors: Chi-Hsien Huang, Hiroyuki Umegaki, Hiroko Kamitani, Atushi Asai, Shigeru Kanda, Keiko Maeda, Hideki Nomura and Masafumi Kuzuya

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:21

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    Mobility is a key indicator of physical functioning in older people, but there is limited evidence of the reliability of mobility measures in older people with cognitive impairment. This study aimed to examine...

    Authors: Tobias Braun, Christian Thiel, Ralf-Joachim Schulz and Christian Grüneberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:20

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    The increasing use of smartphones by older adults also increases their potential for improving different aspects of health in this population. Some studies have shown promising results in the improvement of co...

    Authors: José I. Recio-Rodríguez, Cristina Lugones-Sanchez, Cristina Agudo-Conde, Jesús González-Sánchez, Olaya Tamayo-Morales, Susana Gonzalez-Sanchez, Carmen Fernandez-Alonso, Jose A. Maderuelo-Fernandez, Sara Mora-Simon, Manuel A. Gómez-Marcos, Emiliano Rodriguez-Sanchez and Luis Garcia-Ortiz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:19

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Caregivers of a family member with a chronic disability or illness such as dementia are at increased risk for chronic disease. There are many factors that contribute to dementia caregiver vulnerability and the...

    Authors: Roland von Känel, Brent T. Mausbach, Joel E. Dimsdale, Michael G. Ziegler, Paul J. Mills, Matthew A. Allison, Thomas L. Patterson, Sonia Ancoli-Israel and Igor Grant

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:18

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    Elderly living in a Nursing Home (NH) are frequently transferred to an Emergency Department when they need acute medical care. A proportion of these transfers may be considered inappropriate and may be avoidable.

    Authors: Sabine E Lemoyne, Hanne H. Herbots, Dennis De Blick, Roy Remmen, Koenraad G. Monsieurs and Peter Van Bogaert

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:17

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  7. Content type: Research article

    To estimate the potential gains in health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) after hypothetical elimination of four non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Chinese elderly from 1990 to 2016, including cardiovascul...

    Authors: Xiaoqian Hu, Xueshan Sun, Yuanyuan Li, Yuxuan Gu, Minzhuo Huang, Jingming Wei, Xuemei Zhen, Shuyan Gu and Hengjin Dong

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:16

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy, and the associated adverse drug events such as non-adherence to prescriptions, is a common problem for elderly people living with multiple comorbidities. Deprescribing, i.e. the gradual withdrawa...

    Authors: Joanna Ulley, Deborah Harrop, Ali Ali, Sarah Alton and Sally Fowler Davis

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:15

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Fall prevention interventions with home-based exercise programmes are effective to reduce the number and the rate of falls, by reducing risk factors. They improve balance, strength, function, physical activity...

    Authors: Anne-Gabrielle Mittaz Hager, Nicolas Mathieu, Constanze Lenoble-Hoskovec, Jaap Swanenburg, Rob de Bie and Roger Hilfiker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:13

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Pro-active assessment programs are increasingly used to improve care for older adults. These programs include comprehensive geriatric tailored to individual patient preferences. Evidence for the effects of the...

    Authors: Wanda Rietkerk, Merel F. Smit, Klaske Wynia, Joris P. J. Slaets, Sytse U. Zuidema and Debby L. Gerritsen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:12

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    Physical activity (PA) has health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Indeed, regular PA is considered an important part of any T2D management plan, yet most patients adopt a sedentary lifestyle.

    Authors: Francesco Lucertini, Carlo Ferri Marini, Davide Sisti, Vilberto Stocchi, Ario Federici, Franco Gregorio, Donata Piangerelli, Carlos Chiatti, Antonio Cherubini, Massimo Boemi, Fabio Romagnoli, Michela Cucchi, Federica D’Angelo, Maria Paola Luconi and Anna Rita Bonfigli

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:11

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The proportion of population ageing in China will grow significantly in the next few decades but the pace of population ageing and social change vary considerably across regions. Notably, Eastern coastal areas...

    Authors: Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Catherine D’Este, Julie Byles and Hal Kendig

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:10

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Many balance and strength tests exist that have been designed for older seniors, often aged ≥70 years. To guide strategies for preventing functional decline, valid and reliable tests are needed to detect early...

    Authors: Ronny Bergquist, Michaela Weber, Michael Schwenk, Synnøve Ulseth, Jorunn L. Helbostad, Beatrix Vereijken and Kristin Taraldsen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:9

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The attitudes of care staff toward the sexuality of residents with dementia they care for is assumed to influence the residents’ expression of their sexuality in the way they want. This paper examines the effe...

    Authors: Tineke S. M. Roelofs, Katrien G. Luijkx, Marielle C. M. Cloin and Petri J. C. M. Embregts

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:8

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    Dementia patients often show neuropsychiatric symptoms, known as behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). These are a common motive for medical consultations, hospitalizations, and nursing hom...

    Authors: Mireia Massot Mesquida, Montserrat Tristany Casas, Alicia Franzi Sisó, Isabel García Muñoz, Óscar Hernández Vian and Pere Torán Monserrat

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:7

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    The purpose of the Aging-ONDUAL-TASK study is to determine if a supervised dual-task program carried out in long-term nursing homes is able to attenuate frailty in a greater extent than the same multicomponent ex...

    Authors: Chloe Rezola-Pardo, Haritz Arrieta, Susana Maria Gil, Jose Javier Yanguas, Miren Iturburu, Jon Irazusta, Begoña Sanz and Ana Rodriguez-Larrad

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:6

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Active aging has been established as a policy goal for aging societies. We define active aging at the individual level as striving for elements of well-being through activities in relation to a person’s goals,...

    Authors: Taina Rantanen, Katja Pynnönen, Milla Saajanaho, Sini Siltanen, Laura Karavirta, Katja Kokko, Anu Karvonen, Markku Kauppinen, Timo Rantalainen, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs and Mary Hassandra

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:5

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Socioeconomic level of residential environment was found to influence cognitive performance. However, individuals from the same place of residence may be affected differently. We aim to investigate for the fir...

    Authors: Noémie Letellier, Isabelle Carrière, Laure-Anne Gutierrez, Audrey Gabelle, Jean-François Dartigues, Carole Dufouil, Catherine Helmer, Emmanuelle Cadot and Claudine Berr

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:4

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is a useful marker for pneumonia. However, its clinical usefulness in elderly patients has not been studied extensively. This study aimed to assess the relationship between PCT and prognosi...

    Authors: Takanori Akagi, Nobuhiko Nagata, Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Taishi Harada, Satoshi Takeda, Yuji Yoshida, Kenji Wada, Masaki Fujita and Kentaro Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:3

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Research highlights the need for carers of people with dementia to acquire relevant and timely information to assist them to access appropriate respite services. Unfortunately, negative experiences of informat...

    Authors: L. Phillipson, K. Johnson, E. Cridland, D. Hall, C. Neville, E. Fielding and H. Hasan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:2

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Accidental falls, especially for the elderly, are a major health issue. Balance disorders are one of their main causes. Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) has proven to be useful in improving balance of elderly pa...

    Authors: Andrés Soto-Varela, Pilar Gayoso-Diz, Ana Faraldo-García, Marcos Rossi-Izquierdo, Isabel Vaamonde-Sánchez-Andrade, María del-Río-Valeiras, Antonio Lirola-Delgado and Sofía Santos-Pérez

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:1

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Aging and rural-urban disparities are two major social problems in today’s ever-developing China. Much of the existing literature has supported a negative association between adverse community setting with the...

    Authors: Yuanxi Xiang, Hossein Zare, Cuiling Guan and Darrell Gaskin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:323

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Evidence is scarce on the trend in prevalence of geriatric syndromes (GS). This study assesses how GS prevalence changes over time in Swedish older community-dwellers by socio-demography, and attempts to highl...

    Authors: Yajun Liang, Christian Rausch, Lucie Laflamme and Jette Möller

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:322

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Alongside physiological cognitive ageing, nowadays there is an alarming increase in the incidence of dementia that requires communities to invest in its prevention. The engagement in cognitively stimulating ac...

    Authors: Chiara F. Tagliabue, Sabrina Guzzetti, Giulia Gualco, Giovanna Boccolieri, Alfonsa Boccolieri, Stuart Smith and Roberta Daini

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:321

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Frail older adults living in long term care (LTC) homes have a high fracture risk, which can result in reduced quality of life, pain and death. The Fracture Risk Scale (FRS) was designed for fracture risk asse...

    Authors: Ahmed M. Negm, George Ioannidis, Micaela Jantzi, Jenn Bucek, Lora Giangregorio, Laura Pickard, John P. Hirdes, Jonathan D. Adachi, Julie Richardson, Lehana Thabane and Alexandra Papaioannou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:320

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Frailty in older adults is a condition characterised by a loss or reduction in physiological reserve resulting in increased clinical vulnerability. However, evidence suggests that frailty may be modifiable, and i...

    Authors: Rosie Burn, Ruth E. Hubbard, Richard J. Scrase, Rebecca K. Abey-Nesbit, Nancye M. Peel, Philip J. Schluter and Hamish A. Jamieson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:319

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The hazards of hospitalisation, and the growing demand for goal-oriented care and shared decision making, increasingly question whether hospitalisation always aligns with the preferences and needs of older adu...

    Authors: Maria Johanna van der Kluit, Geke J. Dijkstra and Sophia E. de Rooij

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:318

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Accurate population-based data regarding hospital-based care utilisation by older persons during their last year of life are important in health services planning. We investigated patterns of acute hospital-ba...

    Authors: Danielle Ní Chróinín, David E. Goldsbury, Alexander Beveridge, Patricia M. Davidson, Afaf Girgis, Nicholas Ingham, Jane L. Phillips, Anne M. Wilkinson, Jane M. Ingham and Dianne L. O’Connell

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:317

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  29. Content type: Research article

    To introduce and manage a Pharmaceutical care programs in geriatric care institutions presents difficulties such as reduced pharmacy service staff, complexity of the patients or lack of integration of the phar...

    Authors: Conxita Mestres, Marta Hernandez, Anna Agustí, Laura Puerta, Blanca Llagostera and Patricia Amorós

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:316

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  30. Content type: Research

    The aging process has functional consequences for older persons, such as degenerative processes of the pancreas resulting in diabetes mellitus. The increasing age of the population will eventually lead to incr...

    Authors: Niko Dima Kristianingrum, Wiwin Wiarsih and Astuti Yuni Nursasi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18(Suppl 1):304

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  31. Content type: Research article

    Frailty represents a public health priority and an increasingly prevalent condition in the ageing population. It is seen as reflecting an interaction among individual factors and a range of environmental eleme...

    Authors: Bo Ye, Junling Gao and Hua Fu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:314

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    People with dementia (PwD) experience a range of negative behavioral and psychological symptoms which can lower their quality of life. Because of the increasing prevalence of dementia, interventions that maint...

    Authors: Lisette Weise, Elisabeth Jakob, Nils Frithjof Töpfer and Gabriele Wilz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:313

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    The general opinion in society is that everyone has the right to live in their own home as long as possible. Provision of community home health care services is therefore increasingly common. Healthcare person...

    Authors: Dara Rasoal, Annica Kihlgren and Kirsti Skovdahl

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:312

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Hip fractures among older adults are a major public health problem in many countries. Hip fractures are associated with expensive health care treatments, and serious adverse effects on patients’ health and qua...

    Authors: Henning Øien, Niklas Jakobsson and Carl Bonander

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:311

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Informal caregivers are invaluable partners of the health care system. However, their caring responsibilities often affect their psychological wellbeing and ability to continue in their role. It is of paramoun...

    Authors: Raquel S. D. Betini, John P. Hirdes, Nancy Curtin-Telegdi, Lisa Gammage, Jennifer Vansickle, Jeff Poss and George Heckman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:310

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy is a geriatric syndrome defined variously as the use of potentially inappropriate drugs and/or the concurrent use of multiple medications including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. An asso...

    Authors: Nahathai Wongpakaran, Tinakon Wongpakaran, Thanitha Sirirak, Rewadee Jenraumjit, Surin Jiraniramai and Peerasak Lerttrakarnnon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:309

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The pathophysiological mechanism of sarcopenia in the elderly has not yet been fully understood. Here, we aim to explore the relationship between sarcopenia and the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6), ...

    Authors: Yu-Dong Rong, Ai-Lin Bian, Hui-Ying Hu, Yue Ma and Xin-Zi Zhou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:308

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Visually impaired older people (VIOP) have a higher risk of falling than their sighted peers, and are likely to avoid physical activity. The aim was to adapt the existing Falls Management Exercise (FaME) progr...

    Authors: Nicola Adams, Dawn A. Skelton, Denise Howel, Cathy Bailey, Rosy Lampitt, Tony Fouweather, Joanne Gray, Dorothy Coe, Jennifer Wilkinson, Sheena Gawler, Lex D. de Jong, Heather Waterman, Vincent Deary, Michael Clarke and Steve W Parry

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:307

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The loss of mobility during aging impacts independence and leads to further disability, morbidity, and reduced life expectancy. Our objective was to examine the feasibility and safety of conducting a randomize...

    Authors: Erik J. Groessl, Meghan Maiya, Laura Schmalzl, David Wing and Dilip V. Jeste

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:306

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Seventy percent of people with advanced dementia live and die in care homes. Multisensory approaches, such as Namaste Care, have been developed to improve the quality of life and dying for people with advanced...

    Authors: Frances Bunn, Jennifer Lynch, Claire Goodman, Rachel Sharpe, Catherine Walshe, Nancy Preston and Katherine Froggatt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:303

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In 2016, one in three older people in the UK were living alone. These patients often have complex health needs and require additional clinical and non-clinical support. This study aimed to analyse the associat...

    Authors: Kathryn Dreyer, Adam Steventon, Rebecca Fisher and Sarah R. Deeny

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:269

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  42. Content type: Research article

    People with advanced dementia often experience suboptimal end of life care (EoLC) with inadequate pain control, increased hospitalisation, and fewer palliative care interventions compared to those with cancer....

    Authors: Claire Bamford, Richard Lee, Emma McLellan, Marie Poole, Karen Harrison-Dening, Julian Hughes, Louise Robinson and Catherine Exley

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:302

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Sedentariness may be an important risk factor for sarcopenia. The aim of this work was to assess the association between muscle mass and strength and markers of usual physical activity such as activity energy ...

    Authors: Daniel Bunout, Gladys Barrera, Sandra Hirsch, Teresa Jimenez and María Pia de la Maza

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:298

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  44. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate a Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) model of service delivery for adults aged 70 years and older.

    Authors: Marianne Wallis, Elizabeth Marsden, Andrea Taylor, Alison Craswell, Marc Broadbent, Adrian Barnett, Kim-Huong Nguyen, Colleen Johnston, Amanda Glenwright and Julia Crilly

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:297

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