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The M Technique for dementia

Author:
BUCKLE Jane
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 13(3), September 2009, pp.22-24.
Publisher:
Emerald

The M Technique is a registered method of gentle structured touch suitable for anyone, following a choreographed sequence of strokes, at a set pace and set pressure. The author explains how the M Technique, started in the United States and now used in approximately 40 hospitals in the United States and 20 hospices in the United Kingdom, is being used in a variety of care settings to calm, soothe and reassure patients, and the benefits it gives to people with dementia.

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Twist and gout

Authors:
BEYNON Caryl, BARON Lloyd
Journal article citation:
Druglink, 24(6), November 2009, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Drugscope
Place of publication:
London

There are a growing population of older drug users in contact with drug treatment services. This article looks at the challenges facing the treatment sector.

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Thinking about dolls

Authors:
MacKENZIE Lorna, WOOD-MITCHELL Amy, JAMES Ian
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 14(2), March 2006, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Hawker

The authors, who have spent 18 months carrying out experimental research in the area, provide a summary of some of the empirical findings about the use of dolls in dementia care. They do so in response to an article by Jane Verity in an earlier edition of the Journal of Dementia Care.

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Companion animals

Author:
ORMEROD Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 9(3), September 2005, pp.23-27.
Publisher:
Emerald

Throughout the world, housing, health and social care practitioners are learning how contact with companion animals can improve the health and quality of life of older people.  The author looks at the evidence.

Journal article

Reading around...reality orientation

Author:
WOODS Bob
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 2(2), March 1994, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Hawker

Looks at the history and development of reality orientation (RO) in dementia care.

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Maintaining mobility

Author:
BALL Liz
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 1(4), October 1992, pp.9-18.

Interview with a physiotherapist which focuses on NVQ Unit Z5 'enable clients to move within their environment' and Z6 'Enable clients to maintain and improve their mobility'.

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Nonpharmacological pain management by ethnically diverse older adults with chronic pain: barriers and facilitators

Authors:
PARK Juyoung, at al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(6), 2013, pp.487-508.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

As key players in multidisciplinary health care systems, geriatric social workers must understand the dynamics of pain management among older adults with chronic pain. This study identified perceived barriers to, and facilitators for, utilizing nonpharmacological pain management through face-to-face interviews with 44 ethnically diverse community-dwelling older adults. Constant comparative analysis identified barriers not recognized in prior studies: (a) embarrassment/self-consciousness, (b) unavailability of certain treatments, and (c) lack of faith in effectiveness of nonpharmacological treatments. Most frequently reported facilitators were (a) social support, (b) positive attitude, and (c) available resources. Social workers can provide counseling to motivate older adults to exercise to manage chronic pain and refer them to exercise programs tailored for older adults. To resolve the most frequently reported barrier—transportation—social workers can link older adults with transportation services offered by senior centers or other nonprofit agencies.

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Evaluation of a standardized humor group in a clinical setting: a feasibility study for older patients with depression

Author:
KONRADT Brigitte
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(8), 2013, pp.850-857.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The efficacy of a standardized humour therapy group was investigated in a clinical setting for older depressed patients in Germany. An experimental group with treatment (49 patients) was compared with a control group with no treatment (50 patients) in a semi-randomized design. Included were patients with major depression according to ICD-10. A set of questionnaires (Geriatric Depression Scale, Short Form Health Survey, State-Trait-Cheerfulness Inventory, and Satisfaction with Life Scale) was administered pretreatment and posttreatment. Both groups showed improvement for depression, suicidal tendency, state cheerfulness, and state bad mood. Only participants of the humor group showed changes of state seriousness and satisfaction with life. Further trends could be demonstrated for higher changes in state cheerfulness and resilience for the humour group. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Older adults in methadone maintenance treatment: a literature review

Author:
DOUKAS Nick
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 11(3), July 2011, pp.230-244.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Approximately 10% of patients engaged in a methadone programme across the world are 50 years of age or over, and older people present challenges to clinics that prescribe methadone because of their unique biopsychosocial needs. This article reviews the research literature on methadone maintenance treatment or opioid replacement therapy, focusing on studies conducted with adults aged 50 or older who have been prescribed methadone. It describes the methods used and discusses the research identified, covering mortality and causes of death, medical and mental health issues, illegal drug use, social supports, barriers to treatment, and gender differences. It also discusses gaps in the research and makes recommendations for future studies. The article notes that there are a significant number of older adults in methadone maintenance treatment, but that there is limited research available, with few qualitative studies conducted so far.

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Improving the detection of correctable low vision in older people

Authors:
EVANS Bruce, JESSA Zahra
Publisher:
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
London

What is the optimum test battery for visual screening of older people and what sensitivity and specificity does this have for detecting correctable visual impairment? The study is mainly quantitative. A battery of computerised visual screening tests will be compared with a full eye examination, in two blind studies. The first study will be used to refine the test battery and to develop a flip chart rapid vision screener. The sensitivity and specificity of the refined computerised screener and flip chart rapid screener will be evaluated in a second study. The main target conditions are uncorrected refractive error and cataract, since these are readily correctable. The sensitivity and specificity of the screening tools for detecting these problems will be calculated. The value of different screening venues will also be investigated.

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