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JAMDA
March 24, 2016

Little is known about the effects of resistance training (RT) on circulating cytokines in older adults. Also, dose-response relationships remain unclear. This study investigated the impact of RT at different external loads on circulating inflammatory mediators in older community-dwelling individuals.

JAMDA
March 24, 2016

Most studies assessing the effect of central nervous system (CNS)-acting medicines on cognitive disturbances have focused on the use of individual medicines. The impact on cognitive function when another CNS-acting medicine is added to a patient's treatment regimen is not well known.

JAMDA
March 22, 2016

The number of elderly people with cognitive impairment is expected to increase dramatically due to aging of the population. It is expected that by 2050, 115 million people worldwide will have some form of cognitive impairment, including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease.1 For China, it is reported that there were 9.19 million cases of any cognitive impairment in mainland China alone in 2010 and the numbers are expected to rise in the coming decades.2 Obviously, cognitive impairment will be a new epidemic in the future unless major public health policies and preventive...

JAMDA
March 21, 2016

A taskforce, under the auspices of The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics–Global Aging Research Network (IAGG-GARN) and the IAGG European Region Clinical Section, composed of experts from the fields of exercise science and geriatrics, met in Toulouse, in December 2015, with the aim of establishing recommendations of physical activity and exercise for older adults living in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Due to the high heterogeneity in terms of functional ability and cognitive function that characterizes older adults living in LTCFs, taskforce members established 2...

JAMDA
March 19, 2016

As 90% of fractures are caused by falls, and as fractures are more common in elderly women than in elderly men, a better understanding of potential sex differences in fall rates and underlying mechanisms is needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether women are more prone than men to falling, and to evaluate whether the risk of falling is associated with variations in gait patterns.

JAMDA
March 17, 2016

The Frailty Index (FI), proposed by Rockwood and Mitniski, measures the deficits accumulation occurring with aging, and can be generated from the results of a comprehensive clinical assessment. Its construct (based on pure arithmetical assumptions) may represent a unique feature for supporting unbiased comparisons among clinical facilities/services.

JAMDA
March 16, 2016

The prolongation of life expectancy has been a major endeavor throughout human history. Economic development, technological and medical advancements, and the establishment of solid public health systems have been instrumental to the fast-paced increase in longevity witnessed over the past century. Yet, global aging poses serious threats to the sustainability of health and social care systems and urges a thoughtful reshaping of current models of care.1

JAMDA
March 11, 2016

The relevance, indication, and ethical aspects of evaluating cognitive performances greatly depend on the target population. Assessing cognitive status in elderly individuals who visit their primary care doctor1,2 may thus be strongly different in its significance from performing the same practice in patients who have vascular disease or those who are, for example, subjected to some surgical procedures.

JAMDA
March 11, 2016

There is growing evidence that Health Information Technology (HIT) can play a role in improving quality of care and increasing efficiency in the nursing home setting. Most research in this area, however, has examined whether nursing homes have or use any of a list of available technologies. We sought to develop an empirical framework for understanding the intersection between specific uses of HIT and clinical care processes. Using the nominal group technique, we conducted a series of focus groups with different types of personnel who work in nursing homes (administrators, directors of...

JAMDA
March 11, 2016

To evaluate if Geriatric Interdisciplinary Home Rehabilitation could improve walking ability for older people with hip fracture compared with conventional geriatric care and rehabilitation. A secondary aim was to investigate the postoperative length of hospital stay (LOS).