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Assessing Attitudes Toward Technology Among Older Adults And Usability Of Software For Elders - Report Series # 20, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Raul Rupsingh 2010 Sheridan College

Assessing Attitudes Toward Technology Among Older Adults And Usability Of Software For Elders - Report Series # 20, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Raul Rupsingh

Centre Publications and Scholarship

Computer software is frequently not created with the common limitations of the older user in mind. Poor design and usability of computers is a significant barrier for many older adults who wish to use computers. PointerWare Innovations’ software breaks down barriers that Windows software frequently presents to older users. This research study explores issues relevant to PointerWare Innovations, as well as any software developer seeking to accommodate the needs older adults.


Smemories: The Relationship Between Smells And Memories For Adults 60+ - Report Series # 19, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Michael Olson, Amanda Leveque, Linda Keeping 2010 Sheridan College

Smemories: The Relationship Between Smells And Memories For Adults 60+ - Report Series # 19, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Michael Olson, Amanda Leveque, Linda Keeping

Centre Publications and Scholarship

Older adults are at a significant risk for malnutrition – even when they reside in a setting where their meals are provided for them. Due to a variety of factors, eating and cooking can lose their appeal with increased age. This project is the first stage in developing a creative way to encourage more positive eating habits and better nutrition among older adults. Can a connection between favourite food smells and positive memories improve eating habits among older adults? This pilot project seeks to answer some preliminary questions about preferences for food smells, the memories associated with those aromas, and whether ...


Hip Power Asymmetry In Older Adult Fallers And Non-Fallers, Lauren Grace McDonald 2010 Boise State University

Hip Power Asymmetry In Older Adult Fallers And Non-Fallers, Lauren Grace Mcdonald

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if a difference exists in hip power asymmetry between community-dwelling older adult fallers and non-fallers. Hypothesis: fallers would be more asymmetrical than non-fallers. Participants: 21 non-fallers (10 females, 11 males) and 18 fallers (14 females, 4 males) over the age of 65 (76.5 ± 6.9yrs). Method: Isokinetic peak torque during flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction at four velocities was recorded as measures of leg power. Asymmetry equaled the percent of power difference between each leg. Data analysis: Differences in age, physical activity, height, weight, and BMI were assessed using independent t-tests ...


Measuring Fall Risk And Predicting Who Will Fall: Clinimetric Properties Of Four Fall Risk Assessment Tools For Residential Aged Care, Anna Barker, Jennifer Nitz, Nancy Low Choy, Terry Haines 2010 Bond University

Measuring Fall Risk And Predicting Who Will Fall: Clinimetric Properties Of Four Fall Risk Assessment Tools For Residential Aged Care, Anna Barker, Jennifer Nitz, Nancy Low Choy, Terry Haines

Nancy Low Choy

Background: The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to describe the clinimetric evaluation of four fall risk assessment tools (FRATs) recommended in best practice guidelines for use in residential aged care (RAC). Methods: Eighty-seven residents, mean age 81.59 years ( SD ± 10.69), participated. The Falls Assessment Risk and Management Tool (FARAM), Peninsula Health Fall Risk Assessment Tool (PHFRAT), Queensland Fall Risk Assessment Tool (QFRAT), and Melbourne Fall Risk Assessment Tool (MFRAT) were completed at baseline, and 2 and 4 months, and falls occurring in the 6 months after the baseline assessment were recorded. Interrater agreement (kappa), predictive accuracy ...


Effect Of Calcium Supplements On Risk Of Myocardial Infarction And Cardiovascular Events: Meta-Analysis, Mark J. Bolland, Allison Avenell, John A. Baron, A. Grey 2010 University of Aukland

Effect Of Calcium Supplements On Risk Of Myocardial Infarction And Cardiovascular Events: Meta-Analysis, Mark J. Bolland, Allison Avenell, John A. Baron, A. Grey

Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles

Objective: To investigate whether calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiovascular events.

Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in older people. Calcium supplements margin- ally reduce the risk of fracture, and most guidelines recommend adequate calcium intake as an integral part of the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis. Consequently, calcium supplements are commonly used by people over the age of 50. Observational stu- dies suggest that high calcium intake might protect against vascular disease, and the findings are consis- tent with those of interventional studies of calcium sup- plements thatshow improvementin some vascular risk factors. In contrast ...


Designing For An Aging Population, Allison Shives 2010 Stephen F Austin State University

Designing For An Aging Population, Allison Shives

Undergraduate Research Conference

Aging starts at birth and continues throughout life. As people age, they need to continue to live a happy life. A designer’s job is to design a facility that will encourage an independent lifestyle while providing the help and community involvement aging requires. The design solution should meet the aging population’s desire to age in place. An assisted living facility allows older adults to live independently while being surrounded by a support group and events that promote an active lifestyle which is conducive to physical and mental wellbeing.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Potential Role In The Management Of Early Alzheimer's Disease, Gregory A. Jicha, William R. Markesbery 2010 University of Kentucky

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Potential Role In The Management Of Early Alzheimer's Disease, Gregory A. Jicha, William R. Markesbery

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Faculty Publications

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain growth and development. They play an important role throughout life, as critical modulators of neuronal function and regulation of oxidative stress mechanisms, in brain health and disease. Docosahexanoic acid (DHA), the major omega-3 fatty acid found in neurons, has taken on a central role as a target for therapeutic intervention in Alzheimer's disease (AD). A plethora of in vitro, animal model, and human data, gathered over the past decade, highlight the important role DHA may play in the development of a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including AD. Cross sectional and ...


Algal Biofuel, Feb. 12, 2010, Harry Reid Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2010 Harry Reid Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Algal Biofuel, Feb. 12, 2010, Harry Reid Center, University Of Nevada, Las Vegas

Biofuels

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Impact Of Vision Rehabilitation On Quality Of Life For Older Adults With Vision Loss, Jill Valenti 2010 Pacific University

Impact Of Vision Rehabilitation On Quality Of Life For Older Adults With Vision Loss, Jill Valenti

Geriatrics CATs

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Decreased Hospitalization Rates Found In Older Adults Receiving Home Health Care, Reece Vernon 2010 Pacific University

Decreased Hospitalization Rates Found In Older Adults Receiving Home Health Care, Reece Vernon

Geriatrics CATs

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Environmental Factors Influencing Quality Of Life For Adults Aged 50 And Older, Katie Hilleson 2010 Pacific University

Environmental Factors Influencing Quality Of Life For Adults Aged 50 And Older, Katie Hilleson

Geriatrics CATs

No abstract provided.


Our Grandparents, Our Parents, Our Future Selves: Optimizing Function In Old Age., Thomas Michael Gill 2010 Yale University : School of Medicine : Internal Medicine

Our Grandparents, Our Parents, Our Future Selves: Optimizing Function In Old Age., Thomas Michael Gill

Center for Policy Research

Most of my research at Yale University School of Medicine over the past several years has focused on identifying older adults at risk of functional decline and disability, identifying events that may precipitate the transition from functional independence to disability, and developing strategies to postpone or reduce frailty and disability. As a result of the Precipitating Events Project (PEP) and other research conducted by the Yale Center on Aging/Pepper Center, we now realize that age is only a proxy for other factors that lead to disability, and that some of these factors can be modified to reduce the risk ...


Benefits Of Yoga For Physical Health And Quality Of Life For Older Adults - Report Series # 18, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Susan Anderson-Wilcox, Ashley Hiscock 2010 Sheridan College

Benefits Of Yoga For Physical Health And Quality Of Life For Older Adults - Report Series # 18, Alexa Roggeveen, Pat Spadafora, Susan Anderson-Wilcox, Ashley Hiscock

Centre Publications and Scholarship

What are the benefits of yoga for community-dwelling older adults? In this pilot study, we included six older women in a once-weekly Iyengar yoga class for 12 weeks. Our findings indicate that yoga has beneficial effects for physical fitness and psychological health. Further, reports from interviews and journals indicate that this type of fitness program changes perceptions of ways to engage in physical exercise, and would be likely to encourage adherence among participants.


Factors Associated With Hallux Valgus In A Population-Based Study Of Older Women And Men: The Mobilize Boston Study, U-S D. T. Nguyen, H. J. Hillstrom, Wenjun Li, A. B. Dufour, Douglas P. Kiel, Elizabeth Procter-Gray, M. M. Gagnon, Marian T. Hannan 2010 Institute for Aging Research

Factors Associated With Hallux Valgus In A Population-Based Study Of Older Women And Men: The Mobilize Boston Study, U-S D. T. Nguyen, H. J. Hillstrom, Wenjun Li, A. B. Dufour, Douglas P. Kiel, Elizabeth Procter-Gray, M. M. Gagnon, Marian T. Hannan

Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications

OBJECTIVE: To examine potential risk factors for hallux valgus in community-dwelling elders.

METHOD: Data from 600 MOBILIZE Boston Study participants (386 women and 214 men) were analyzed. Hallux valgus was defined as >15 degrees angular deviation of the hallux with respect to the first metatarsal bone toward the lesser toes. Associations of hallux valgus with age, body mass index (BMI), race, education, pes planus, foot pain, and in women, history of high heel shoe use, were assessed using sex-specific Poisson regression with robust variance estimation for risk ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI).

RESULTS: Hallux valgus was present in ...


Independent Living Outcomes Evaluation Project, Craig J. Padgett 2010 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Independent Living Outcomes Evaluation Project, Craig J. Padgett

All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

This project developed specific examples of skills and resources for three example categories of ILST and developed recommendations for enhancing the creation of goals. It was important to develop indicators into a tiered structure for reinforcing those skills and resources into knowledge through an added educational component. Methodology was developed and necessary instrumentation and processes were designed for implementation. And, an informed consent was designed for any organization providing Independent Living Skills Training (ILST).


The Mds Mortality Risk Index: The Evolution Of A Method For Predicting 6-Month Mortality In Nursing Home Residents, Davina Porock, Debra Parker-Oliver, Gregory F. Petroski, Marilyn Rantz 2010 CUNY Lehman College

The Mds Mortality Risk Index: The Evolution Of A Method For Predicting 6-Month Mortality In Nursing Home Residents, Davina Porock, Debra Parker-Oliver, Gregory F. Petroski, Marilyn Rantz

Publications and Research

Background: Accurate prognosis is vital to the initiation of advance care planning particularly in a vulnerable, at risk population such as care home residents. The aim of this paper is to report on the revision and simplification of the MDS Mortality Rating Index (MMRI) for use in clinical practice to predict the probability of death in six months for care home residents.

Methods: The design was a secondary analysis of a US Minimum Data Set (MDS) for long term care residents using regression analysis to identify predictors of mortality within six months.

Results: Using twelve easy to collect items, the ...


Aging, Physical Activity And Arthritis Part 1, Albert W. Taylor 2010 The University of Western Ontario

Aging, Physical Activity And Arthritis Part 1, Albert W. Taylor

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Presentations

No abstract provided.


Exercise Prescription For Osteoporosis, Lora Giangregorio 2010 University of Waterloo

Exercise Prescription For Osteoporosis, Lora Giangregorio

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Presentations

No abstract provided.


Aging, Physical Activity And Arthritis Part 2, Albert W. Taylor 2010 The University of Western Ontario

Aging, Physical Activity And Arthritis Part 2, Albert W. Taylor

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Presentations

No abstract provided.


Genes And Joints, Frank Beier 2010 The University of Western Ontario

Genes And Joints, Frank Beier

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Presentations

No abstract provided.


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