Special Issue "Health Care for Older Adults"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francisco José Tarazona Santabalbina
Guest Editor
Department of Geriatrics, Hospital Universitario de la Ribera, 46600 Alzira, Valencia, Spain
Interests: geriatric medicine; frailty; falls; orthogeriatrics; collaborative medicine; multicomponent exercise
Dr. Sebastià Josep Santaeugènia Gonzàlez
Co-Guest Editor
Chronic Care Program, Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: geriatric and palliative medicine; integrated health and social care; intermediate care; nursing and care homes
Dr. José Augusto García Navarro
Co-Guest Editor
Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya, 08022 Barcelona, Spain;Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 28006 Madrid, Spain.
Interests: integrated health and social care; frailty; geriatric and palliative medicine
Prof. Dr. José Viña
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Valencia, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Interests: aging; physical exercise; frailty; Alzheimer’s disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The increase we have witnessed in life expectancy in recent years has been a historical milestone in the history of humanity. We have never lived this long before. Nevertheless, this social success presents great clinical and social challenges. Giving best care to older adults efficiently is one of the greatest challenges of developed countries. This Special Issue aims to explore different initiatives that result in the health promotion of older adults, such as multicomponent physical exercise programs, interventions that try to avoid loneliness and social isolation and multidisciplinary assessment, and the treatment of frailty and other geriatric syndromes, of the elderly in various settings such as the Emergency Unit, Orthogeriatrics and Oncogeriatrics. Broadly, this Special Issue is seeking original submissions that examine: (1) the method to detect and to reverse frailty, loneliness, social isolation; (2) the method to diagnose early and prevent delirium and other geriatric syndromes; (3) best practices to manage the treatment of the elderly with specific situations such as hip fracture or oncological disease; (4) best practices for designing, implementing, and/or evaluating integrated interventions to improve health care in older adults; and (5) best practices to develop health care and social interventions to improve quality of life in older adults living in care houses and nursing homes.  Special interest will be given to innovative practices that expand and build upon geriatric approaches with multidisciplinary models. Other manuscript types of interest include relevant position papers, meta-analysis, reviews, brief reports, and commentaries.

Dr. Francisco José Tarazona Santabalbina
Dr. Sebastià Josep Santaeugènia Gonzàlez
Dr. José Augusto García Navarro
Prof. José Viña
Guest Editors

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  • frailty
  • comanagement
  • orthogeriatrics
  • elderly
  • oncogeriatrics
  • multidisciplinary teams
  • geriatric syndromes
  • delirium
  • malnutrition
  • falls

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Thermotherapy Plus Neck Stabilization Exercise for Chronic Nonspecific Neck Pain in Elderly: A Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5572; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155572 - 01 Aug 2020
Neck pain is a serious problem for public health. This study aimed to compare the effects of thermotherapy plus neck stabilization exercise versus neck stabilization exercise alone on pain, neck disability, muscle properties, and alignment of the neck and shoulder in the elderly [...] Read more.
Neck pain is a serious problem for public health. This study aimed to compare the effects of thermotherapy plus neck stabilization exercise versus neck stabilization exercise alone on pain, neck disability, muscle properties, and alignment of the neck and shoulder in the elderly with chronic nonspecific neck pain. This study is a single-blinded randomized controlled trial. Thirty-five individuals with chronic nonspecific neck pain were randomly allocated to intervention (n = 18) or control (n = 17) groups. The intervention group received thermotherapy with a salt-pack for 30 min and performed a neck stabilization exercise for 40 min twice a day for 5 days (10 sessions). The control group performed a neck stabilization exercise at the same time points. Pain intensity, pain pressure threshold (PPT), neck disability index, muscle properties, and alignment of the neck and shoulder were evaluated before and after the intervention. Significant time and group interactions were observed for pain at rest (p < 0.001) and during movement (p < 0.001), and for PPT at the upper-trapezius (p < 0.001), levator-scapula (p = 0.003), and splenius-capitis (p = 0.001). The disability caused by neck pain also significantly changed between groups over time (p = 0.005). In comparison with the control group, the intervention group showed significant improvements in muscle properties for the upper-trapezius (tone, p = 0.021; stiffness, p = 0.017), levator-scapula (stiffness, p = 0.025; elasticity, p = 0.035), and splenius-capitis (stiffness, p = 0.012), and alignment of the neck (p = 0.016) and shoulder (p < 0.001) over time. These results recommend the clinical use of salt pack thermotherapy in addition to neck stabilization exercise as a complementary intervention for chronic nonspecific neck pain control. Full article
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