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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    Caring for people with dementia imposes heavy burdens on caregivers, especially spouses. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms in the caregiver, with early institutionalization for the pa...

    Authors: Elizabeth G. Birkenhäger-Gillesse, Boudewijn J. Kollen, Sytse U. Zuidema and Wilco P. Achterberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:252

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Falls and injuries in older adults have significant consequences and costs, both personal and to society. Although having a high incidence of falls, high prevalence of fear of falling and a lower quality of li...

    Authors: Maria Bjerk, Therese Brovold, Dawn A. Skelton and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:253

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    Self-perceived uselessness is associated with poorer health in older adults. However, it is unclear whether there is a difference in self-perceived uselessness between centenarians and non-centenarians, and if...

    Authors: Yuan Zhao, Hong Fu, Aimei Guo, Li Qiu, Karen S. L. Cheung, Bei Wu, Daniela Jopp and Danan Gu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:251

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Dementia and physical morbidity are primary reasons for nursing home admission globally. However, data on physical morbidity in nursing home residents with and without dementia are scarce. The first aim of the...

    Authors: Live Bredholt Jørgensen, Berit Marie Thorleifsson, Geir Selbæk, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth and Anne-Sofie Helvik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:254

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  5. Content type: Research Article

    According to some studies, interventions can prevent or delay frailty, but their effect in preventing adverse outcomes in frail community-dwelling older people is unclear. The aim is to investigate the effect ...

    Authors: Michael Van der Elst, Birgitte Schoenmakers, Daan Duppen, Deborah Lambotte, Bram Fret, Bert Vaes and Jan De Lepeleire

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:249

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Elderly individuals are increasingly represented among patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), but data describing life with an ICD are scarse among octo- and nonagenarians. Moreover, few ...

    Authors: Ingela Thylén, Debra K. Moser and Anna Strömberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:250

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Older adults dialysis patients represent the frailest subgroup of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) population and physical exercise program may mitigate the age-related decline in muscle mass and function.

    Authors: Rossella Baggetta, Graziella D’Arrigo, Claudia Torino, Samar Abd ElHafeez, Fabio Manfredini, Francesca Mallamaci, Carmine Zoccali and Giovanni Tripepi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:248

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Accurate assessment of health-related quality of life as an endpoint in intervention studies is a major challenge in dementia research. The DEMQOL (29 items) and the proxy version (32 items), which is partly base...

    Authors: Christian G. G. Schwab, Martin Nikolaus Dichter and Martin Berwig

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:247

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    Few objective tests can be performed at admission for kidney transplantation [KT] to discern risk of increased length of stay [LOS], which is important for patient counseling and is associated with increased c...

    Authors: Anthony J. Nastasi, Tyler S. Bryant, Jimmy T. Le, Jennifer Schrack, Hao Ying, Christine E. Haugen, Marlís González Fernández, Dorry L. Segev and Mara A. McAdams-DeMarco

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:246

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) were reported to have quadriceps weakness, and impaired proprioception, both related to pain and swelling. It is unclear whether pain alone a causal factor to above findi...

    Authors: Dokyung Kim, Geon Park, Liang-Tseng Kuo and Wonhah Park

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:245

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study was to examine patient characteristics and health care resource utilization (HCRU) in the 36 months prior to a confirmatory diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) compared to a match...

    Authors: Radhika Nair, Virginia S. Haynes, Mir Siadaty, Nick C. Patel, Adam S. Fleisher, Derek Van Amerongen, Michael M. Witte, AnnCatherine M. Downing, Leslie Ann Hazel Fernandez, Vishal Saundankar and Daniel E. Ball

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:243

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    International guidelines recommend adapting the classic emergency department (ED) management model to the needs of older adults in order to ameliorate post-ED outcomes among this vulnerable group. To improve t...

    Authors: Els Devriendt, Pieter Heeren, Steffen Fieuws, Nathalie I. H. Wellens, Mieke Deschodt, Johan Flamaing, Marc Sabbe and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:244

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Medically complex vulnerable older adults often face social challenges that affect compliance with their medical care plans, and thus require home and community-based services (HCBS). This study describes how ...

    Authors: Gregory J. Norman, Amy J. Wade, Andrea M. Morris and Jill C. Slaboda

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:241

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Whole body vibration was an effective training for improving muscle performance. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of 12-week whole-body vibration training program on voluntary activation of...

    Authors: Ning Wei and Gabriel Y. F. Ng

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:240

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbidity and frailty are relevant conditions among older adult population. There is growing evidence about their association with poor health outcomes like disability, worst quality of life, and death. N...

    Authors: Ana Rivera-Almaraz, Betty Manrique-Espinoza, José Alberto Ávila-Funes, Somnath Chatterji, Nirmala Naidoo, Paul Kowal and Aarón Salinas-Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:236

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of vision and hearing loss is higher amongst older individuals with dementia, as well as higher in long-term care settings than in the wider community. However, the incidence of sensory impairme...

    Authors: Fiona Höbler, Xochil Argueta-Warden, Miriam Rodríguez-Monforte, Astrid Escrig-Pinol, Walter Wittich and Katherine S. McGilton

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:235

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  17. Content type: Research article

    This process evaluation article describes the lessons learned from a failed trial which aimed to assess effectiveness of the tailor-made, multidisciplinary Social Fitness Programme to improve social participat...

    Authors: H W Donkers, D J Van der Veen, S Teerenstra, M J Vernooij-Dassen, M W G Nijhuis-vander Sanden and M J L Graff

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:237

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  18. Content type: Research Article

    The conventional scores of the neuropsychological batteries are not fully optimized for diagnosing dementia despite their variety and abundance of information. To achieve low-cost high-accuracy diagnose perfor...

    Authors: Hyun-Soo Choi, Jin Yeong Choe, Hanjoo Kim, Ji Won Han, Yeon Kyung Chi, Kayoung Kim, Jongwoo Hong, Taehyun Kim, Tae Hui Kim, Sungroh Yoon and Ki Woong Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:234

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Health concerns, such as frailty and osteoporotic fractures decrease functional capacity and increase use of health and social care services in the aging population. The ability to continue living at home is d...

    Authors: Paula Soukkio, Sara Suikkanen, Sanna Kääriä, Hannu Kautiainen, Sarianna Sipilä, Katriina Kukkonen-Harjula and Markku Hupli

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:232

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  20. Content type: Research article

    As the population is aging, the number of persons living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is expected to increase. This review seeks to answer two research questions from the perspectives of older adults...

    Authors: Katherine S. McGilton, Shirin Vellani, Lily Yeung, Jawad Chishtie, Elana Commisso, Jenny Ploeg, Melissa K. Andrew, Ana Patricia Ayala, Mikaela Gray, Debra Morgan, Amanda Froehlich Chow, Edna Parrott, Doug Stephens, Lori Hale, Margaret Keatings, Jennifer Walker…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:231

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Falls and fractures are extremely frequent in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Therefore, a fall and fracture prevention program was started in nearly 1000 LTCFs in Bavaria/Germany between 2007 and 2010. The...

    Authors: Patrick Roigk, Clemens Becker, Claudia Schulz, Hans-Helmut König and Kilian Rapp

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:233

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Stair ascent is one of the most important and challenging activities of daily living to maintain mobility and independence in elderly adults. Recently, various types of wearable walking assist robots have been...

    Authors: Dong-Seok Kim, Hwang-Jae Lee, Su-Hyun Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Junwon Jang, Byung-Ok Choi, Gyu-Ha Ryu and Yun-Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:230

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The family often takes care of an elderly person who suddenly becomes dependent. This greatly affects different aspects of the caregivers’ lives. The aim of this study is to explore the initial experiences, du...

    Authors: Lourdes Moral-Fernández, Antonio Frías-Osuna, Sara Moreno-Cámara, Pedro A. Palomino-Moral and Rafael Del-Pino-Casado

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:228

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Social wellbeing factors such as loneliness and social support have a major impact on the health of older adults and can contribute to physical and mental wellbeing. However, with increasing age, social contac...

    Authors: Gabrielle Lindsay-Smith, Grant O’Sullivan, Rochelle Eime, Jack Harvey and Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:226

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies show conflicting results regarding the association between cognition and life-space mobility, and little is known regarding the mediators and moderators of the associat...

    Authors: François Béland, Dominic Julien, Nathalie Bier, Johanne Desrosiers, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat and Louise Demers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:227

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The association between handgrip strength combined with body mass index (BMI) and cognitive impairment has not been thoroughly examined. We aimed to investigate whether the relationship between handgrip streng...

    Authors: Su-min Jeong, Seulggie Choi, Kyuwoong Kim, Sung Min Kim, Sujin Kim and Sang Min Park

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:225

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  27. Content type: Research article

    With an ageing population and widening indications for pacemakers implantation, the number of persons carrying an implant is steadily increasing. The routine follow-up is thus a heavy burden for the respective...

    Authors: Antonio Lopez-Villegas, Daniel Catalan-Matamoros, Remedios Lopez-Liria, Terje Enebakk, Hilde Thunhaug and Knut Tore Lappegård

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:223

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Existing studies in developed countries show that social participation has beneficial effects on the functional ability of older adults, but research on Chinese older people is limited. This study examined the...

    Authors: Min Gao, Zhihong Sa, Yanyu Li, Weijun Zhang, Donghua Tian, Shengfa Zhang and Linni Gu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:224

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The relevance of femoral neck fractures (FNFs) increases with the ageing of numerous societies, injury-related decline is observed in many patients. Treatment strategies have evolved towards primary joint repl...

    Authors: Franziska Saxer, Patrick Studer, Marcel Jakob, Norbert Suhm, Rachel Rosenthal, Salome Dell-Kuster, Werner Vach and Nicolas Bless

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:222

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most prevalent infections in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Numerous studies have described the problem of inadequate UTI diagnosis and treatment. We assessed the ro...

    Authors: J. Haaijman, E. E. Stobberingh, L. W. van Buul, C. M. P. M. Hertogh and H. Horninge

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:221

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D deficiency is known to be highly prevalent in older persons. However, the prevalence in the subgroup of frail older hospitalized patients is not clear. We sought to investigate the prevalence and pre...

    Authors: Simon Friedrich Boettger, Bjoern Angersbach, Christiane Nicola Klimek, Ana Lemos Monteiro Wanderley, Azim Shaibekov, Lars Sieske, Baigang Wang, Matthias Zuchowski, Rainer Wirth and Maryam Pourhassan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:219

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Delirium is a common and serious clinical syndrome which is often missed in routine clinical care. The core cognitive feature is inattention. We developed a novel bedside neuropsychological test for assessing ...

    Authors: Lisa-Marie Rutter, Eva Nouzova, David J. Stott, Christopher J. Weir, Valentina Assi, Jennifer H. Barnett, Caoimhe Clarke, Nikki Duncan, Jonathan Evans, Samantha Green, Kirsty Hendry, Meigan McGinlay, Jenny McKeever, Duncan G. Middleton, Stuart Parks, Robert Shaw…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:217

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    Driving is related to social participation; therefore older drivers may be reluctant to cease driving. Continuation of driving has also been reported in a large proportion of patients with cognitive impairment...

    Authors: Dafne Piersma, Anselm B. M. Fuermaier, Dick De Waard, Ragnhild J. Davidse, Jolieke De Groot, Michelle J. A. Doumen, Rudolf W. H. M. Ponds, Peter P. De Deyn, Wiebo H. Brouwer and Oliver Tucha

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:216

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Emerging studies have investigated the association between different anthropometric indices with diabetes risk but the results were inconsistent. The aims of the study were to examine the associations of diffe...

    Authors: Jing Yang, Fei Wang, Jing Wang, Xu Han, Hua Hu, Caizheng Yu, Jing Yuan, Ping Yao, Xiaoping Miao, Sheng Wei, Youjie Wang, Weihong Chen, Yuan Liang, Huan Guo, Xiaomin Zhang, Dan Zheng…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:218

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at heightened risk of developing dementia. Rapid advances in computing technology have enabled researchers to conduct cognitive training and rehabilitation ...

    Authors: Shaoqing Ge, Zheng Zhu, Bei Wu and Eleanor S. McConnell

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:213

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Safe and stable walking is a complex process involving the interaction of neuromuscular, sensory and cognitive functions. As physical and cognitive functions deteriorate with ageing, training of both functions...

    Authors: Sarianna Sipilä, Anna Tirkkonen, Tuomo Hänninen, Pia Laukkanen, Markku Alen, Roger A. Fielding, Miia Kivipelto, Katja Kokko, Jenni Kulmala, Taina Rantanen, Sanna E. Sihvonen, Elina Sillanpää, Anna Stigsdotter-Neely and Timo Törmäkangas

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:215

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Identifying and treating people in a pre-frail state may be an effective way to prevent or delay frailty and preserve their functional capacity. This study aimed to assess the efficacy of, and compliance with,...

    Authors: Prasun Chatterjee, Prakash Kumar, Ramesh Kandel, Ruchika Madan, Meenakshi Tyagi, Deepa Anil Kumar, Maroof Ahmad Khan, Gaurav Desai, Preeti Chaudhary, Shyama Gupta, Kanika Grover and Aparajit Ballav Dey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:212

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The identification of contextual factors that modify associations between client frailty and their health and service use outcomes is essential for informed home health care and policy planning. Our objective ...

    Authors: Colleen J. Maxwell, Michael A. Campitelli, Christina Diong, Luke Mondor, David B. Hogan, Joseph E. Amuah, Sarah Leslie, Dallas Seitz, Sudeep Gill, Kednapa Thavorn, Walter P. Wodchis, Andrea Gruneir, Gary Teare and Susan E. Bronskill

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:211

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  39. Content type: Correction

    Authors: Kimi Estela Kobayashi-Cuya, Ryota Sakurai, Naoko Sakuma, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Masashi Yasunaga, Susumu Ogawa, Toru Takebayashi and Yoshinori Fujiwara

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:210

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    The original article was published in BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:192

  40. Content type: Research article

    Making older adults exercise and keeping them in exercise programs is a major challenge. Understanding how older adults prefer to exercise may help developing tailored exercise programs and increase sustained ...

    Authors: Line Skarsem Reitlo, Silvana Bucher Sandbakk, Hallgeir Viken, Nils Petter Aspvik, Jan Erik Ingebrigtsen, Xiangchun Tan, Ulrik Wisløff and Dorthe Stensvold

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:208

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Medication regimens in nursing home (NH) residents with severe dementia should be frequently reviewed to avoid inappropriate medication, overtreatment and adverse drug events, within a comfort care approach. T...

    Authors: Machelle Wilchesky, Gerhard Mueller, Michèle Morin, Martine Marcotte, Philippe Voyer, Michèle Aubin, Pierre-Hugues Carmichael, Nathalie Champoux, Johanne Monette, Anik Giguère, Pierre Durand, René Verreault, Marcel Arcand and Edeltraut Kröger

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:204

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The increasing proportion of people growing old, demands expanded knowledge of how people can experience successful aging. Having a good life while growing old is dependent on several factors such as nutrition...

    Authors: Kjersti Grønning, Geir A. Espnes, Camilla Nguyen, Ana Maria Ferreira Rodrigues, Maria Joao Gregorio, Rute Sousa, Helena Canhão and Beate André

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:205

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