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Alaba J.,Fundacion Matia | Navarro A.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | Gonzalez M.F.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | Buiza C.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | And 2 more authors.
Revista de la Sociedad Espanola del Dolor | Year: 2011

The interest of researchers for the pain assessment and intervention in people with dementia is growing. Given the demographic trend to an increased aging population, increasing with pain conditions and progress in knowledge in the field of dementia, identify changes that occur in different brain areas involved in pain control. This review focuses on the changes that occur in the perception of pain in people with dementia as well as analyzing the most effective tools to identify, assess and treat pain in people with dementia. The comprehensive approach of pain should take into account carers, to prevent overload them and ensure the highest possible quality of life of patients.

Diaz U.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | Etxaniz A.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | Urdaneta E.,Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia | Epelde G.,Visual Interaction Communication Technologies | Valencia X.,Visual Interaction Communication Technologies
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2011

The User Centered Design allows the technical developers to know specific characteristics about the potential end users. In the specific case of elderly users, consideration of their needs in areas like communication, family and social relationships, social support and leisure, is a key point, which should guide the development of technological applications. In an attempt to fulfill to some extent this range of needs, the VITAL project, which is a European Community 6th Framework Program financed project, has developed a set of technologies, platforms and applications with the aim to provide remote assistance to elderly users and increase their quality of life The sample recruited for the last evaluation of VITAL in Spain was composed of 83 participants, 19 male and 64 female, with an age ranging from 52 to 91 (x=73,68, sd=7,86). All targeted users were attending elder associations in their respective cities, which implies an existing minimum social interaction for all for them. This paper gathers the literature about elderly needs in the areas of communication with family, social relationships and leisure, and examines what elderly users think about how VITAL Platform can help them in improving their quality of life in those addressed areas. © 2011 ACM.

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Type: Comment | Journal: Revista espanola de geriatria y gerontologia | Year: 2010

Population-based longitudinal studies are very useful tools for investigating the characteristics of the aging process among different geographical and socio-cultural contexts. On the other hand, these kind of projects look at a wide range of key issues of aging. In this review, most recent psychological findings in this field are analysed. The increasing interest in longitudinal studies for psychological variables is shown, as well as explicit links with other areas of study. Finally, main areas of improvement are identified according to future analysis of psychological variables, regarding both conceptual and methodological issues.

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