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Relation between functional mobility and dynapenia in institutionalized frail elderly

Antonio Vinicius Soares, Elessandra Marcelino, Késsia Cristina Maia, Noé Gomes Borges Junior

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082017AO3932

ABSTRACT Objective To investigate the relation between functional mobility and dynapenia in institutionalized frail elderly. Methods A descriptive, correlational study involving 26 institutionalized elderly men and women, mean age 82.3±6 years. The instruments employed were the Mini Mental State Examination, the Geriatric Depression Scale, the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, the Timed Up and Go test, a handgrip dynamometer and a portable dynamometer for large muscle groups (shoulder, elbow and hip flexors, knee extensors and ankle dorsiflexors). Results Significant negative correlation […]

Content validity of the Geriatric Health Assessment Instrument

Rhaine Borges Santos Pedreira, Saulo Vasconcelos Rocha, Clarice Alves dos Santos, Lélia Renata Carneiro Vasconcelos, Martha Cerqueira Reis

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082016AO3455

ABSTRACTObjectiveAssess the content validity of the Elderly Health Assessment Tool with low education.Methods The data collection instrument/questionnaire was prepared and submitted to an expert panel comprising four healthcare professionals experienced in research on epidemiology of aging. The experts were allowed to suggest item inclusion/exclusion and were asked to rate the ability of individual items in questionnaire blocks to encompass target dimensions as “not valid”, “somewhat valid” or “valid”, using an interval scale. Percent agreement and the Content Validity Index were […]

Glioblastoma: approach to treat elderly patients

Luciola de Barros Pontes, Theodora Karnakis, Suzana Maria Fleury Malheiros, Eduardo Weltman, Reynaldo André Brandt, Rafael Aliosha Kaliks Guendelmann

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082012000400021

Treating elderly cancer patients is a challenge for oncologists, especially considering the several therapeutic modalities in glioblastoma. Extensive tumor resection offers the best chance of local control. Adequate radiotherapy should always be given to elderly patients if they have undergone gross total resection and have maintained a good performance status. Rather than being ruled out, chemotherapy should be considered, and temozolomide is the chosen drug. A comprehensive geriatric assessment is a valuable tool to help guiding treatment decisions in elderly […]