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Objective: To analyze trends in antidepressant (AD) prescription rates among the elderly (aged 65 years and older) in Alberta during 1997 to 2004. Method: Numerical data on AD prescriptions were obtained from Alberta Blue Cross. Age-standardized prescription rates were calculated according to...
Hope is important to palliative patients; however, the process by which these patients live with hope is unknown.The purpose of this study was to describe, using a grounded theory approach, the processes by which palliative patients live with hope. Sixteen interviews were conducted with 10...
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Background: Exercise adherence is particularly low among elderly patients with low functional capacity. Purpose: This study was undertaken to assess the relationship between measures of physical function (PF) with physical activity (PA) in elderly cardiac patients. Methods: PF was assessed in...
Estabrooks, C. A., Cummings, G. G., Wagg, A., Bottorff, J. L., Lynch, S. L., Abel, S. L., Bissell, L., Norton, P. G., Robinson, C. A., Lee, J. S., Masaoud, E., Cummings, G. E., Rowe, B. H., Reid, R. C.
Background Changes in health status, triggered by events such as infections, falls, and geriatric syndromes, are common among nursing home (NH) residents and necessitate transitions between NHs and Emergency Departments (EDs). During transitions, residents frequently experience care that is...
Multi-agent Based Simulation of Elderly Egress Process and Fall Accident in Senior Apartment BuildingsDownload
A means of egress from buildings is a critical aspect of building design and an important part of building and fire regulations. Poor egress evacuation performance poses a threat to both personal and property safety; thus, it is necessary to maintain an effective egress system for buildings....
Communicating risk information to promote adoption of protective behaviours was challenging during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Focus group research in Alberta, Canada involving 65 seniors aged 65 and older suggests this population had difficulty comprehending risk information due to...
Improving Decision making On Location of Care with the frail Elderly and their caregivers (the DOLCE study): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trialDownload
Background One of the toughest decisions faced by elderly people is whether to stay at home or move to a care facility. This study seeks to evaluate the impact of training interprofessional home-care teams in shared decision making combined with a decision aid on the proportion of elderly people...
EASE-BE-FIT: Elder-Friendly Approaches to the Surgical Environment Bedside Reconditioning for Functional Improvements An Innovative Reconditioning Program for Elderly Emergency Abdominal Surgery PatientsDownload
Introduction: Elderly individuals who are hospitalized due to emergency abdominal surgery spend on average over 80% of their recovery time in bed, resulting in early and rapid muscle loss. As these elderly individuals have a lower physiological reserve, the impact of muscle wasting on function...
Loneliness among the elderly is a growing problem in today's society. Many of them live in isolation either due to their ailments or losing loved ones. Measures need to be taken to improve the living condition of these people. We propose a system that engages in meaningful conversation with...