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March 30, 2015

First, the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and cognitive performance was examined. Second, we assessed whether there was evidence for an interplay between 25(OH)D and glucose homeostasis in the association with cognitive performance.

March 29, 2015

To describe and evaluate the impact of quality improvement (QI) support provided to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

March 26, 2015

Sarcopenia is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between severity of sarcopenia and incident activities of daily living (ADL) disability, institutionalization, and all-cause mortality among community-dwelling older men participating in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men...

March 24, 2015

High-quality care at the end of life supports freedom from pain and other potentially burdensome symptoms. Lowering symptom burden at the end of life is an urgent and achievable goal in delivering services in nursing home settings. Few published reports describe symptom burden among older adults in nursing homes; none examine links between...

March 15, 2015

This study presents a brief review of 6 articles published between 2001 and 2014 that examined the prevalence of frailty as defined by the Fried scale in community-dwelling adults representative of the national population, age 65 years and older.

March 15, 2015

Several studies have highlighted a link between vascular alterations and cognitive decline. The PARTAGE study showed that arterial stiffness as evaluated by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) was associated with a more pronounced cognitive decline over a 1-year period in very old frail institutionalized individuals. The aim of the...

March 11, 2015

The objective of this study was to examine whether the capacity of an age-related deficit accumulation index (the so-called Frailty Index [FI] proposed by Rockwood) to predict mortality in a nursing home population.

March 11, 2015

Postprandial hypotension (PPH) occurs frequently in older individuals with disease and/or living in residential care, but its prevalence in “healthy” older individuals has not been evaluated in large cohorts. PPH is associated with substantial morbidity and increased mortality; current management is suboptimal. Recent studies suggest that the...

March 11, 2015

To determine whether the number of attending general practitioners (GPs) in nursing homes and other facility characteristics are associated with inappropriate neuroleptic prescribing.

March 2, 2015

Poor cognitive function is associated with negative consequences across settings of care, but research instruments are arduous for routine clinical implementation. This study examined the association between impaired arousal, as measured using an ultra-brief screen, and risk of 2 adverse clinical outcomes: hospital length of stay and discharge...