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Aug 07 Link found between dementia and vitamin D deficiency (Medical News Today) -- Researchers have found that not getting the recommended amounts of vitamin D could double the risk of older people developing forms of dementia such as Alzheimer2019s disease. Read article »
Aug 07 Evidence-based review of interventions for medically at-risk older drivers - Classen S, Monahan M, Auten B, Yarney A. (Medworm) -- OBJECTIVE. To conduct an evidence-based review of intervention studies of older drivers with medical conditions. METHOD. We used the American Occupational Therapy Association's classification criteria (Levels I-V, I = highest level of evidence) to ... (So Read article »
Aug 07 Assessment of the visual status of older adults on an orthopedic unit. (Medworm) -- CONCLUSION. Visual impairment is prevalent in older adults, yet visual function is not routinely screened in hospitals. Occupational therapists should routinely inquire about patients' visual status, inspect their glasses, and encourage regular eye examin Read article »
Jun 26 After Stroke, Spouse May Also Need Care (Yahoo! Health) -- THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If your spouse has a stroke, and the two of you disagree about the rate of recovery, your own health might suffer, a new study finds. The caregiving spouse is at increased risk for emotional distress and... Read article »
Jun 26 Pain Interference Is Associated With Psychological Concerns Related to Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Multisite Observational Study. (Medworm) -- CONCLUSIONS: Pain interference is an important contributing factor to each of the psychological concerns related to falls. Pain interference had the strongest impact on reducing falls efficacy and increasing older adults concerns about the consequences... Read article »
Jun 26 Factors Determining Discharge Destination for Patients Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty (Medworm) -- Abstract: Discharge destination to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) following total joint arthroplasty (TJA) plays an important role in healthcare costs. The pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative factors of 50 consecutive patients ... Read article »
May 30 Study: Exercise Boosts Long-term Memory (Advance-OT) -- EAST LANSING, MI -- A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory. Michigan State University researchers tested 75 college students during a two-day period and found those who were less fit had a harder time retaining ... Read article »
May 30 For seniors, daily moderate exercise 'reduces risk of walking disability' (Medical News Today) -- A new study assesses the impact of moderate exercise on older adults at high risk of walking disability, and finds that it may reduce such risk by 28% and increase mobility by 18%. Read article »
May 30 Video: Parkinson's: Stop the Shaking (Ivanhoe) -- PITTSBURGH (Ivanhoe Newswire) 2013 Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease has been a successful treatment option for more than a decade, but only for some patients. Now a new technique is changing the game and helping thousands of more people... Read article »
May 14 Ergonomic design of a computer mouse for clients with wrist splints. (Medworm) -- CONCLUSION. Both dorsal wrist splints and rear-hump mice are recommended. Length of index finger positively correlated with task performance. Read article »
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