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September 1, 2017

To capture the wide-reaching effects of whole person care, patient-reported outcomes in older populations require a multidimensional approach. However, in time-constrained healthcare settings, a brief instrument is essential. The Older Persons and Informal Caregivers Survey Minimum Data Set (TOPICS-MDS, topics-mds.eu) was developed in The...

September 1, 2017

The prevalence of fecal incontinence (FI) in care homes is estimated to range from 30% to 50%. There is limited evidence of what is effective in the reduction and management of FI in care homes. Using realist synthesis, 6 potential program theories of what should work were identified. These addressed clinician-led support, assessment, and...

September 1, 2017

In nursing home (NH) residents with a very short life expectancy, the benefits of preventive cardiovascular medication maintenance are questionable.

August 30, 2017

We read with great interest the letter from Scorza et al1 on our work discussing antipsychotic drug use and mortality in elderly patients with Parkinson disease (PD) in nursing homes. In this study investigating the potential harm of antipsychotic in a population of very old nursing home residents suffering from PD, we did not find any...

August 30, 2017

We report our experience with the use of a Spanish version of the rapid geriatric assessment of 30 patients in 2 long-term care institutions in Mexico City by a group of healthcare students without prior experience in geriatric medicine. The Spanish version of the rapid geriatric assessment is a very easy tool to administer that can provide...

August 30, 2017

We read with interest the elegant research article written by Trang et al1 who evaluated the mortality rate in elderly and very elderly (>85 years of age) patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in nursing homes with and without antipsychotic drugs. Given the dearth of published data about the potential risk of sudden death in individuals...

August 30, 2017

Sarcopenia is a major health problem of the older population. The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) developed diagnostic criteria for diagnosis of sarcopenia that require assessing muscle mass and strength or physical performance. Recently, however, a rapid screening method SARC-CalF was developed.

August 30, 2017

There are limited screening tools to predict adverse postoperative outcomes for the geriatric surgical fracture population. Frailty is increasingly recognized as a risk assessment to capture complexity. The goal of this study was to use a short screening tool, the FRAIL scale, to categorize the level of frailty of older adults admitted with a...

August 30, 2017

Depression is associated with increased mortality in community samples. The use of antidepressant medication may also increase mortality, however, it is still unclear whether taking antidepressants before or after a diagnosis of dementia influences survival.

August 26, 2017

Mendonça et al1 present data obtained from the large prospective longitudinal Newcastle 85+ study. In this very old study population, a possible association was investigated between 1-carbon metabolism biomarkers (vitamins folate and B12, and homocysteine), and cognitive impairment assessed by the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination and...