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Åberg, Anna CristinaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8196-0553
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Carstensen, G., Rosberg, B., McKee, K. & Åberg, A. C. (2019). Before evening falls: Perspectives of a good old age and healthy ageing among oldest-old Swedish men. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), 82, 35-44
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Before evening falls: Perspectives of a good old age and healthy ageing among oldest-old Swedish men
2019 (English)In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), ISSN 0167-4943, E-ISSN 1872-6976, Vol. 82, p. 35-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The late life experiences of men in the oldest-old age group have been under-researched, and their perspectives on ageing successfully neglected. This study explored the perspectives of oldest-old Swedish men on what a ‘good old age’ and ageing successfully meant to them. A purposive sample of 17 men, aged 85-90 years, was drawn from the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men. An interview guide explored participants’ perspectives on their ageing experiences and how they viewed ageing successfully. Participants were interviewed twice, with 1–2 weeks between interviews, and both interviews were recorded and transcribed. Content analysis identified four themes: i) Adaptation, concerning the ability to adapt to growing old with increasing limitations; ii) Sustaining Independence, related to financial resources and good health as the foundation for independence; iii) Belongingness, representing close relationships, established friendships, and the significance of the spouse; and iv) Perspectives of Time, also a common thread in all themes, in which past life experiences create an existential link between the past, the present and the future, establishing continuity of the self and enhancing life satisfaction. The participants presented themselves as active agents involved in maintaining meaning and achieving life satisfaction; a process related to the ability to manage changes in life. Our findings have resonance with models of healthy or successful ageing, but also diverge in important ways, since such models do not consider the significance of an individual’s life history for their present well-being, and primarily conceptualise health as an outcome, rather than as a resource.

Keywords
Life satisfactionhealthy agingOlder audultsMenContinuityAdaptationIndependenceBelongingnessTime
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29320 (URN)10.1016/j.archger.2019.01.002 (DOI)000463134900006 ()30711841 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85060768267 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Bozkurt Åhman, H., Cedervall, Y., Giedraitis, V., Berglund, L., McKee, K., Rosendahl, E., . . . Åberg, A. C. (2019). Combining Two Dual-Task Tests to Discriminate Between People with Dementia Disorder, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Subjective Cognitive Impairment, and Healthy Controls. In: : . Paper presented at The World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, 2019 10-13 May, Geneva, Switzerland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Combining Two Dual-Task Tests to Discriminate Between People with Dementia Disorder, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Subjective Cognitive Impairment, and Healthy Controls
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2019 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30171 (URN)
Conference
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, 2019 10-13 May, Geneva, Switzerland
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Bozkurt Åhman, H., Giedraitis, V., Cedervall, Y., Berglund, L., McKee, K., Rosendahl, E., . . . Åberg, A. C. (2019). Correlations Between Dual-Task Performance and Alzheimer’s Disease Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers. In: : . Paper presented at International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region, 23-25 maj, Göteborg.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Correlations Between Dual-Task Performance and Alzheimer’s Disease Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers
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2019 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30169 (URN)
Conference
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region, 23-25 maj, Göteborg
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Åhman, H. B., Giedraitis, V., Cedervall, Y., Lennhed, B., Berglund, L., McKee, K., . . . Åberg, A. C. (2019). Dual-task performance and neurodegeneration: Correlations between timed up-and-go dual-task test outcomes and Alzheimer's disease cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 71(Suppl 1), S75-S83
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dual-task performance and neurodegeneration: Correlations between timed up-and-go dual-task test outcomes and Alzheimer's disease cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, ISSN 1387-2877, E-ISSN 1875-8908, Vol. 71, no Suppl 1, p. S75-S83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Tools to identify individuals at preclinical stages of dementia disorders are needed to enable early interventions. Alterations in dual-task performance have been detected early in progressive neurodegenerative disorders. Hence, dual-task testing may have the potential to screen for cognitive impairment caused by neurodegeneration. Exploring correlations between dual-task performance and biomarkers of neurodegeneration is therefore of interest.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate correlations between Timed Up-and-Go dual-task (TUGdt) outcomes and Alzheimer's disease (AD) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers amyloid-β 42 (Aβ42), total tau (t-tau), and phosphorylated tau (p-tau).

METHODS: This cross-sectional cohort study included 90 participants (age range 49-84 years) undergoing memory assessment, who were subsequently diagnosed with AD, other dementia disorders, mild cognitive impairment, or subjective cognitive impairment. TUG combined with "Naming Animals" (TUGdt NA) and "Months Backwards" (TUGdt MB), respectively, were used to assess dual-task performance. The number of correct words and time taken to complete the tests were measured. The CSF biomarkers were analysed by ELISA. Spearman's rank correlation was used for analyses between TUGdt outcomes (TUGdt NA and TUGdt MB), and CSF biomarkers, adjusted for age, gender, and educational level.

RESULTS: The number of correct words, as well as the number of correct words/10 s during TUGdt NA correlated negatively to CSF t-tau and p-tau. No correlations were found between any time scores and CSF biomarkers.

CONCLUSION: The correlations between TUGdt NA and t-tau and p-tau may indicate that neurodegeneration affects dual-task performance. Longitudinal studies are needed to further explore dual-task testing in screening for cognitive impairment due to neurodegeneration.

Keywords
Alzheimer’s disease, attention, biomarkers, cerebrospinal fluid, dementia, executive function, gait, mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive impairment
National Category
Geriatrics Neurology
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30083 (URN)10.3233/JAD-181265 (DOI)000487075000010 ()31104024 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85072556532 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved
Gifford, W., Lewis, K. B., Eldh, A. C., Fiset, V., Abdul-Fatah, T., Åberg, A. C., . . . Wallin, L. (2019). Feasibility and usefulness of a leadership intervention to implement evidence-based falls prevention practices in residential care in Canada. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5, Article ID 103.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feasibility and usefulness of a leadership intervention to implement evidence-based falls prevention practices in residential care in Canada
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2019 (English)In: Pilot and Feasibility Studies, ISSN 2055-5784, Vol. 5, article id 103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Leadership is critical to supporting and facilitating the implementation of evidence-based practices in health care. Yet, little is known about how to develop leadership capacity for this purpose. The aims of this study were to explore the (1) feasibility of delivering a leadership intervention to promote implementation, (2) usefulnessof the leadership intervention, and (3) participants’ engagement in leadership to implement evidence-based fall prevention practices in Canadian residential care.

Methods: We conducted a mixed-method before-and-after feasibility study on two units in a Canadian residential care facility. The leadership intervention was based on the Ottawa model of implementation leadership (O-MILe) and consisted of two workshops and two individualized coaching sessions over 3 months to develop leadership capacity for implementing evidence-based fall prevention practices. Participants (n = 10) included both formal (e.g., managers) and informal (e.g., nurses and care aids leaders). Outcome measures were parameters of feasibility (e.g., number of eligible candidates who attended the workshops and coaching sessions) and usefulness of the leadership intervention (e.g., ratings, suggested modifications). We conducted semi-structured interviews guided by the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS), a validated measure of 12-item in four subcategories (proactive, supportive, knowledgeable, and perseverant), to explore the leadership behaviors that participants used to implement fall prevention practices. We repeated the ILS in a focus group meeting to understand the collective leadership behaviors used by the intervention team. Barriers and facilitators to leading implementation were also explored.

Results: Delivery of the leadership intervention was feasible. All participants (n = 10) attended the workshops and eight participated in at least one coaching session. Workshops and coaching were rated useful (≥ 3 on a 0–4 Likert scale where 4 = highly useful) by 71% and 86% of participants, respectively. Participants rated the O-MILe subcategories of supportive and perseverant leadership highest for individual leadership, whereas supportive and knowledgeable leadership were rated highest for team leadership.

Conclusions: The leadership intervention was feasible to deliver, deemed useful by participants, and fostered engagement in implementation leadership activities. Study findings highlight the complexity of developing implementation leadership and modifications required to optimize impact. Future trials are now required to test the effectiveness of the leadership intervention on developing leadership for implementing evidence-based practices.

Keywords
Implementation leadership, Fall prevention, Evidence-based practice, Nursing, Residential care
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30627 (URN)10.1186/s40814-019-0485-7 (DOI)31452925 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved
Giedraitis, V., Tinmark, F., Berglund, L., Halvorsen, K. & Åberg, A. C. (2019). Step-Length Changes Caused by a Dual-Task Test among Individuals Undergoing Memory Assessment – A Pilot Study. In: : . Paper presented at The International Society of Posture and Gait Research World Congress June 30-July 4, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Step-Length Changes Caused by a Dual-Task Test among Individuals Undergoing Memory Assessment – A Pilot Study
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2019 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30172 (URN)
Conference
The International Society of Posture and Gait Research World Congress June 30-July 4, Edinburgh, Scotland
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Cedervall, Y., Giedraitis, V., Berglund, L., McKee, K., Kilander, L., Rosendahl, E., . . . Åberg, A. C. (2019). Timed Up-and-Go dual-task performance – a marker for dementia?. In: : . Paper presented at International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region, 23-25 maj, Göteborg.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Timed Up-and-Go dual-task performance – a marker for dementia?
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2019 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30170 (URN)
Conference
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region, 23-25 maj, Göteborg
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Åberg, A. C. (2018). Aktuell geriatrisk forskning i Uppsala. Svensk geriatrik (2), 9-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aktuell geriatrisk forskning i Uppsala
2018 (Swedish)In: Svensk geriatrik, ISSN 2001-2047, no 2, p. 9-12Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
National Category
Geriatrics
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29735 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-21 Created: 2019-03-21 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved
Bozkurt Ahman, H., Giedraitis, V., Cedervall, Y., Berglund, L., McKee, K., Rosendahl, E., . . . Åberg, A. C. (2018). Correlations Between Dual-Task Performance and Alzheimer’s Disease Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers. In: : . Paper presented at The 14th International Congress of the European Geriatric Medicine Society, 2018 October 10-12, Berlin, Germany.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Correlations Between Dual-Task Performance and Alzheimer’s Disease Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers
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2018 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-27800 (URN)
Conference
The 14th International Congress of the European Geriatric Medicine Society, 2018 October 10-12, Berlin, Germany
Available from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-12 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved
From, I. & Åberg, A. C. (2018). Reflective Participation and Co-Learning to Achieve a Partnership with Potential Users of Fall-Prevention Exergames in the e-Balance Project. In: : . Paper presented at The Action Learning, Action Research Association World Congress June 17-20 2018, Vermont, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reflective Participation and Co-Learning to Achieve a Partnership with Potential Users of Fall-Prevention Exergames in the e-Balance Project
2018 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
National Category
Clinical Medicine Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-27801 (URN)
Conference
The Action Learning, Action Research Association World Congress June 17-20 2018, Vermont, USA
Available from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-12 Last updated: 2019-10-22Bibliographically approved
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