Aging

Depression after spinal cord injury: relation to gender, ethnicity, aging, and socioeconomic indicators.

Objective: To investigate the relation among aging, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic indicators, and depressive symptoms after spinal cord injury (SCI). p. Design: Survey was done to collect cross-sectional data. A mediational model was used to analyze the interrelationships between predictors and depressive outcome variables. p. Setting: A large Southeastern rehabilitation hospital. p. Participants: Participants, identified from outpatient records who […]

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Factors that modify the association between knee pain and mobility limitation in older women: the Women’s Health and Aging Study.

Objective: To investigate the influence of pain severity, knee extensor muscle weakness, obesity, depression, and activity on the association between recent knee pain and limitation of usual and fast paced walking, and ability to rise from a chair. p. Methods: A cross sectional analysis of 769 older women (mean age 77.8, range 65-101) with physical disability, […]

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Prevalence of symptoms of depression and anxiety in a diabetes clinic population.

Objective: To investigate the use of a short questionnaire to measure psychological symptoms in a busy clinic setting, and to examine the prevalence of these symptoms in adults with diabetes. The perceived need for psychological treatment services was also measured. Methods: Adults (> 18 years) with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes were invited […]

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Aging after spinal cord injury: an exploratory study.

Objective: To identify the relationship between two aspects of aging (age at injury onset and years since injury onset) with the post-injury prevalence of six classes of secondary conditions among a sample of participants with spinal cord injury (SCI). p. Design: A cross-sectional study to identify the relationship between the two aging variables and secondary conditions […]

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The prevalence of multiple diabetes-related complications.

Objective: To determine the prevalence of the complications of diabetes and the interrelationship between them within a United Kingdom district health authority population. Methods: Data extracted from a general practice diabetes audit were combined with data for patients with diabetes derived from a patient index constructed using record linkage techniques. Results: A total of 10709 […]

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Longitudinal outcomes in spinal cord injury: aging, secondary conditions, and well-being.

Objective: To specify the degree to which current age, duration of injury, and neurologic status affect the frequency of secondary health and psychosocial conditions in persons with long-term spinal cord injury (SCI), using both longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis techniques. Design: Prospective longitudinal examination and data collection involving individuals with SCI studied initially at their 5th, 10th, and […]

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Oral health and the older diabetic.

Older diabetics are at high risk for developing certain oral complications. Conversely, these oral health problems can complicate overall diabetic management, potentially undermining good blood-glucose control and impairing mastication of nutritionally appropriate foods. This article reviews the oral complications associated with diabetes. Additionally, special considerations in dental treatment of the older diabetic patient are discussed, […]

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Metabolic and endocrine changes in persons aging with spinal cord injury.

Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) have secondary medical disabilities that impair their ability to function. With paralysis, dramatic deleterious changes in body composition occur acutely with further adverse changes ensuing with increasing duration of injury. Lean mass, composed of skeletal muscle and bone, is lost and adiposity is relatively increased. The body composition changes […]

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Functional changes in persons aging with spinal cord injury.

Declines in general physical function and the effect of these changes on activities of daily living and needs for assistance were assessed in 150 individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). The sample consisted of outpatients returning for follow-up at the spinal cord injury clinic at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA. The […]

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Secondary health conditions among middle-aged individuals with chronic physical disabilities: implications for unmet needs for services.

Data from the Aging with Disability (AwD) Study are used to examine variations in the types and frequency of secondary conditions experienced by 301 middle-aged individuals living with the effects of three disabling conditions: polio (n = 124), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (n = 103), and stroke (n = 75). All respondents were randomly selected from […]

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