An Exploration of Equine-Assisted Therapy to Improve Balance, Functional Capacity, and Cognition in Older Adults With Alzheimer Disease
Conclusion: These findings provide evidence of an association between EAT and improved balance and functional capacity in older adults with AD, with no significant impact on cognitive performance. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Case Series Source Type: research

Gait Speed Characteristics and Their Spatiotemporal Determinants in Nursing Home Residents: A Cross-Sectional Study
Background and Purpose: Low and slowing gait speeds among nursing home residents are linked to a higher risk of disability, cognitive impairment, falls, and mortality. A better understanding of the spatiotemporal parameters of gait that influence declining mobility could lead to effective rehabilitation and preventative intervention. The aims of this study were to objectively quantify the spatiotemporal characteristics of gait in the nursing home setting and define the relationship between these parameters and gait speed. Methods: One hundred nursing home residents were enrolled into the study and completed 3 habitual...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Dual-Task Performance: Influence of Frailty, Level of Physical Activity, and Cognition
Conclusions: Frail older adults presented worse performance in the TUG when compared with nonfrail older adults. The dual-task test does not differentiate older adults with frailty syndrome, regardless of cognitive performance. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Energy Expenditure in Older Adults Who Are Frail: A Doubly Labeled Water Study
Discussion: The older adults who were frail presented significantly lower PAEE (1453.7 [1561.9] vs 3336.1 [1829.3] kj/d, P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Aerobic Exercise Sustains Performance of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in Early-Stage Alzheimer Disease
Conclusions: Our analysis extends recent work by revealing specific benefits for instrumental activities of daily living for individuals in the early stages of AD and supports the value of exercise for individuals with cognitive impairment. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Reduced Walking Speed in Subjective and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Cross-Sectional Study
Conclusion: Usual walking speed is reduced in a graded fashion with the early symptoms of cognitive impairment. Our results suggest that reduced walking speed at both usual and fast speed is associated with impaired cognitive function, and that walking speed could be affected at very early stages of neurodegeneration. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Risk Factors for Falls in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer Disease
Conclusions: Careful attention should be given to dual-task and turn-to-sit activities when detecting risk of falls among older people with MCI and mild AD. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Change in Depression, Confidence, and Physical Function Among Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment
Conclusions: Results demonstrate a positive impact of DEMA on depressive symptoms, confidence, and physical function. Change in occupational performance predicted change in depressive symptoms. Confidence significantly improved among those who engaged at the ICF participation level. A larger, randomized controlled longitudinal trial is needed to better assess the impact of DEMA on physical function, activity, participation restriction, and quality of life. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Senior Sway: Using a Mobile Application to Measure Fall Risk
Conclusions: Senior Sway is a promising application to improve identification of adults at risk for falls and need for rehabilitation but warrants further research. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

The Association Between Body Adiposity Measures, Postural Balance, Fear of Falling, and Fall Risk in Older Community-Dwelling Women
Discussion: All adiposity measures were correlated to at least 1 postural stability parameter and to fear of falling (ρ= 0.163, P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Score Distributions of the Balance Outcome Measure for Elder Rehabilitation (BOOMER) in Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Vertebral Fracture
Conclusions: While the BOOMER compares well with the SPPB in community-dwelling women with vertebral fractures, researchers or clinicians considering using the BOOMER in similar or higher-functioning populations should be aware of the potential for ceiling effects. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Age-Related Changes in Postural Control in Physically Inactive Older Women
Conclusions: In this study, the adaption of the postural control system to different levels of task complexity did not differ between physically inactive young and physically inactive older women. However, the physically inactive older women exhibited greater sway velocity compared with the young women. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Involvement of Acute Care Physical Therapists in Care Transitions for Older Adults Following Acute Hospitalization: A Cross-sectional National Survey
Conclusions: Physical therapists' communications across health care setting about older adults discharging from acute care hospitalization are infrequent, but may represent a meaningful intervention target for future studies. Future research is needed to evaluate best practices for hospital-based physical therapists during care transitions. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Reliability and Validity of the Patient-Specific Functional Scale in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Background and Purpose: Clinical measurement of physical function that is both specific to the individual and generates comparable outcome data is a fundamental need in physical therapy examination. The Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) has been found to be a reliable and valid measure of physical function in patients with musculoskeletal disorders and may have applications for other patient populations. However, the reliability and the validity of the PSFS have not been evaluated in older adults. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability and the validity of the PSFS in community-dwelling older ...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Reliability and Validity of Computerized Force Platform Measures of Balance Function in Healthy Older Adults
This study enrolled 46 healthy elderly adults, mean age 67.67 (5.1) years, who had no history of falls. They were assessed on 3 standardized tests on the NeuroCom Equitest FP system: limits of stability (LOS), motor control test (MCT), and sensory organization test (SOT). The test battery was administered twice within a 10-day period for test-retest reliability; intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs), standard error of measurement (SEM), and minimal detectable change based on a 95% confidence interval (MDC95) were calculated. FP measures were compared with criterion clinical balance (Mini-BESTest and Functional Gait As...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Dynamic Handgrip Strength Endurance: A Reliable Measurement in Older Women
Conclusion: A dynamic protocol of 12 repeated maximal repetitions may be used for the evaluation of dynamic handgrip strength endurance, using the repeated maximal repetitions and the percentage change as the most reliable indicators for the determination of muscle endurance. However, the assessment of fatigue index should be interpreted with more caution. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Concurrent Validity of the Zeno Walkway for Measuring Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters in Older Adults
Conclusion: Concurrent validity for spatiotemporal parameters between the GAITRite walkway and the Zeno walkway was moderate to excellent for older adults dependent on the specific parameter (spatial vs temporal), population (healthy or fall risk), and walking pace (comfortable or fast). (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Acute Effects of Walking on the Deformation of Femoral Articular Cartilage in Older Adults
Conclusions: This is the first study comparing the acute effects of walking on femoral cartilage deformation between older adults with and without knee OA. Although there was not a difference in walking-induced femoral cartilage deformation between the OA and control groups, knee valgus was related to lateral femoral cartilage deformation after walking. Our findings suggested that walking exercises may be used safely in older adults without knee malalignment. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Diminished Dynamic Physical Performance Is Associated With Orthostatic Hypotension in Geriatric Outpatients
Conclusion: Dynamic physical performance tests with a substantial postural change and center of mass displacement were significantly associated with OH. The influence of physical performance on OH in daily routine activities should be further explored to establish counteracting interventions. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Effects of Corrective Exercise for Thoracic Hyperkyphosis on Posture, Balance, and Well-Being in Older Women: A Double-Blind, Group-Matched Design
Discussion: For participants of the EG, means of all parameters showed significant improvements over time (P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Implementation of a Personalized, Cost-Effective Physical Therapy Approach (Coach2Move) for Older Adults: Barriers and Facilitators
Conclusions: Physical therapy based on the Coach2Move strategy is substantially different from usual care. Future implementation should focus on increasing regular evaluation and feedback, taking into account individuals' contextual factors, and improving organizational facilities while mitigating income loss. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Physical Therapy Management of Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain and Hip Abductor Weakness
Discussion: The current case series describes the use of a targeted exercise approach consisting mostly of hip abductor strengthening in a group of patients with CLBP and hip abductor weakness. The results indicated that this approach may be effective in reducing pain and improving function, particularly for older patients. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Case Series Source Type: research

Predictors of Functional Change in a Skilled Nursing Facility Population
Conclusions: Poor physical function following an SNF stay places older adult at significant risk for adverse events including rehospitalization, future disability, and institutionalization. Understanding the predictors of functional change from evaluation to discharge may direct efforts toward developing innovative and effective interventions to improve function trajectories for older adults following an acute hospitalization. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Functional Performance and Balance in the Oldest-Old
Conclusions: The results of this study provide normative data regarding the balance and functional abilities of the oldest-old, and indicate a strong association between self-efficacy and function. These results emphasize the importance of incorporating strategies that maintain and improve balance self-efficacy in interventions aimed at enhancing the functional level of this cohort. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Balance Evaluation of Prefrail and Frail Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Conclusion: The BESTest seems to be more appropriate than a force plate for assessing postural control impairment and discriminating balance performance among frail, prefrail, and nonfrail older adults, providing information about different components of postural control rather than the force plate, which evaluates sensory orientation. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Caring Interactions in Secondary Prevention Programs: A Qualitative Inquiry of Individuals With Parkinson's Disease
Conclusions: Several practical implications can be gleaned from the current study including (but not limited to) remembering personal information about the patient, providing patients with undivided attention, providing support for patients, and making patients feel welcome. These findings underscore the importance of addressing affective skills in training future rehabilitation practitioners. Findings also reveal salient implications associated with caring, namely enhanced rehabilitation attendance and effort. Finally, results highlight the need to examine the generalizability of caring elements identified in the curren...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Incidence and Risk Factors for Falls in Women With End-Stage Hip Osteoarthritis
This study was a cross-sectional analysis. One hundred fifty-three women with end-stage hip OA (mean age = 64.0 years) and 112 age-matched healthy women (mean age = 64.1 years) were analyzed using available data. All participants were examined for the number and circumstances of falls in the past year. The circumstances of falls included the location, time, direction, cause, and injury. We examined the outcome of hip function, ambulatory ability, physical activity, and limping severity in women with end-stage hip OA. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors influencing falls in women with hip ...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Assessment of Mobility in Older People Hospitalized for Medical Illness Using the de Morton Mobility Index and Cumulated Ambulation Score-Validity and Minimal Clinical Important Difference
Discussion: Complete data sets were obtained for 155 patients. Baseline characteristics of those with complete data sets did not differ from those with incomplete data sets, except for the number of secondary diagnoses, which was lower in the latter. Significant and moderate relationships existed both at admission and at discharge between scores in the DEMMI and the BI (rs = 0.68, P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Prognostic Implications of Predischarge Assessment of Gait Speed After Hip Fracture Surgery
Conclusion: The 4-m walking speed, measured early after surgical repair of hip fracture, has profound long-term prognostic implications. This assessment approach might prove helpful in clinical decision-making on the postoperative management of older hip fracture persons. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Reliability and Validity of the Floor Transfer Test as a Measure of Readiness for Independent Living Among Older Adults
Background and Purpose: The ability to get up from the floor after a fall is a basic skill required for functional independence. Consequently, the inability to safely get down to and up from the floor or to perform a floor transfer (FT) may indicate decreased mobility and/or increased frailty. A reliable and valid test of FT ability is a critical part of the clinical decision-making process. The FT test is a simple, performance-based test that can be administered quickly and easily to determine a patient's ability to safely and successfully get down and up from the floor using any movement strategy and without time restr...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) Score Is Related to Sarcopenia in Noninstitutionalized Older Adults
Background and Purpose: Sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass and strength accompanying aging, is common in older adults who are not physically active. Nevertheless, the association between physical activity and sarcopenia has not been extensively studied. Therefore, we examined the relationship of both muscle mass and muscle strength with physical activity as quantified using the Physical Activity Scale for Elderly (PASE). Methods: PASE score, muscle mass by bioimpendiometry, and muscle strength by handgrip were evaluated in a cohort study of 420 older adult participants (mean age 82.4 [5.9] years), admitted to the Compr...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

The Modified Otago Exercises Prevent Grip Strength Deterioration Among Older Fallers in the Malaysian Falls Assessment and Intervention Trial (MyFAIT)
Conclusions: In addition to benefits in mobility and balance, the OEP also prevents deterioration in upper limb strength. Additional benefits of exercise interventions for secondary prevention of falls in term of sarcopenia and frailty should also be evaluated in the future. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Functional Performance With Age: The Role of Long-Term Strength Training
Background and Purpose: Physical function is shown to decline with age. However, how long-term strength training may attenuate the age-related limitation in functional tasks with various force demands is unclear. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, we assessed maximal muscle strength, initial and late phase rate of force development (RFD), as well as 4 tests of functional performance in 11 strength-trained master athletes (MAs), 11 recreationally active older adults (AEs), 10 sedentary older adults (SOAs), and 9 moderately active young controls. Functional performance was divided into 2 categories: more force-demandi...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Editor's Message: Raising the Bar
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - July 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Fall Risk and Utilization of Balance Training for Adults With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis: Secondary Analysis From a Randomized Clinical Trial
Conclusions: The finding of high fall risks in more than one-third of all participants with KOA is consistent with previous reports of a higher risk of falling in this population. Many PT participants did receive some balance training; however, one-third of participants at high risk for falling did not. Balance training for individuals with KOA at high risk for falling may be underutilized. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Older Adults' Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity After Hip Fracture: Results From an Outpatient Rehabilitation Randomized Controlled Trial
Discussion: Older adults after hip fracture spend prolonged periods of waking hours sedentary with very little activity. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Effects of Whole-Body Vibration Versus Pilates Exercise on Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized and Controlled Clinical Trial
Conclusion: In postmenopausal women, 3 weekly sessions of WBV or Pilates administered for 6 months provided an equal effect on BMD. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Effect of Exercise on Cognition, Conditioning, Muscle Endurance, and Balance in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Conclusion: The training program improved cognitive function, muscle endurance, aerobic conditioning, and balance in older adults with MCI. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Earlier Physical Therapy Input Is Associated With a Reduced Length of Hospital Stay and Reduced Care Needs on Discharge in Frail Older Inpatients: An Observational Study
Discussion: There were 1022 hospital episodes during the study period. We excluded 19 who were discharged without being examined by a physical therapist. Of the remaining 1003, 584 (58.2%) were examined within 24 hours of admission (early assessment) and 419 (41.8%) after 24 hours of admission (late assessment). The median (interquartile range) LOS of the early assessment group was 6.7 (3.1-13.7) versus 10.0 (4.2-20.1) days in the late assessment group, P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Dementia, Comorbidity, and Physical Function in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Conclusions: Ambulatory PACE participants have average levels of physical function that are dangerously close to thresholds thought to indicate vulnerability for further disability development, hospitalization, and nursing home admission. Both dementia and comorbidity burden are associated with declines in physical function, and the interaction between these risk factors is a telling indicator to functional decline in higher-level ambulatory tasks. PACE program clinicians can use this information to better identify participants at risk for limited physical function. Further research should investigate consequences of fun...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Two-Minute Step Test of Exercise Capacity: Systematic Review of Procedures, Performance, and Clinimetric Properties
Conclusions: The TMST has been widely used since first introduced, albeit not always as originally described. There is considerable evidence for the validity of the test, but its reliability and responsiveness are not yet firmly established. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research

Effect of Physical Activity on the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Females Living in Residential Facilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Discussion: The study revealed that the studied women were at high risk of falling and that their physical activity was relatively low, likewise the quality of their lives. Their satisfaction with life was reduced by poor health, limited mobility, and the lack of social activities. Life quality improved in all 3 intervention groups, but in the control group, it decreased. The results of Bonferroni's post hoc test pointed to statistically significantly better quality of life in groups 2 (P = .01) and 4 (P (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Factors Related to Self-rated Health in Older Adults: A Clinical Approach Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) Model
Background and Purpose: A growing population of older adults will require health care professionals to become increasingly knowledgeable in geriatric care. Patient ratings, functional measures, and emphasis on health and wellness should be part of geriatric physical therapy practice. The purpose of the current study was to examine relationships between self-rated health (SRH) and movement-related variables in older adults using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) as a research framework. Associations between body mass index (BMI), gait, and balance confidence were also explored. ...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Reliability and Fall Risk Detection for the BESTest and Mini-BESTest in Older Adults
Conclusions: The BESTest and mBEST scores were stable and reliable over a period of 4 weeks for a population of older adults with self-reported balance problems or a history of falling. MDC95 scores allow interpretation of change in BESTest and mBEST scores following rehabilitation. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Gait Speed and Dynamic Stability Decline Accelerates Only in Late Life: A Cross-sectional Study in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Background and Purpose: Incidence of falls increases with age whereas gait speed declines. The purposes of this study were to examine (1) whether gait speed and center-of-mass (COM) velocity declined steadily across ages in a linear fashion among community-dwelling older adults, and (2) whether such decline corresponded to the similar decline in dynamic stability, which is governed by the control of their COM position and COM velocity relative to base of support (BOS). Methods: A total of 184 community-dwelling older adults (≥65 years) participated in the cross-sectional study. The participants were categorized int...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Risk Factors and Number of Falls as Determinants of Quality of Life of Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Conclusions: If perceived QOL is used as an indicator of the success of intervention programs, certain factors accompanying the adoption of measures for the prevention of falls may mask the results (failure or success) of the intervention. Because most determinants of QOL are modifiable and physical activity has the potential to improve QOL, this research suggests that physical activity programs should be a component of health care for older adults. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Inaugural Carole B. Lewis Lecture Award Address to the Membership at the Combined Sections Meeting Washington, DC January 24, 2019
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Lecture Source Type: research

Editor's Message: Journal Format Changes, Journal Status, and Reviewer Appreciation 2019
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - March 22, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Detection of Near Falls Using Wearable Devices: A Systematic Review
Conclusions: The use of a single lightweight sensor to distinguish between different types of near falls, actual falls, and activities of daily living is a promising low-cost technology and clinical tool for long-term continuous monitoring of older people and clinical populations at risk of falls. However, currently the evidence is limited because studies have largely involved simulated laboratory events in young adults. Future studies should focus on validating near-fall detection in larger cohorts and include data from (i) people at high risk of falling, (ii) activities of daily living, (iii) both near falls and actual...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - January 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Systematic Reviews Source Type: research

A Scoping Review of Physical Performance Outcome Measures Used in Exercise Interventions for Older Adults With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias
Conclusions: The results of this review will aid clinicians and researchers in selecting reliable measures to evaluate physical performance outcomes in response to exercise interventions in older adults with ADRD. (Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy)
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - January 1, 2019 Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Systematic Reviews Source Type: research