Geeske G M E E Peeters

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BACKGROUND Falls occur frequently in older people and strongly affect quality of life. Guidelines recommend multifactorial, targeted fall prevention. We evaluated the effectiveness of a multifactorial intervention in older persons with a high risk of recurrent falls. METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted from April 3, 2005, to July 21, 2008,(More)
OBJECTIVE Hypercortisolism is associated with muscle weakness. This study examines the relationship between cortisol and physical performance in older persons. DESIGN/PATIENTS The study was conducted within the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA), an ongoing cohort study in a population-based sample of healthy older persons in the Netherlands. Data(More)
BACKGROUND Stress is associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease. The impact of chronic stress on cardiovascular risk has been studied by measuring cortisol in serum and saliva, which are measurements of only 1 time point. These studies yielded inconclusive results. The measurement of cortisol in scalp hair is a novel method that(More)
BACKGROUND The European Project on OSteoArthritis (EPOSA), here presented for the first time, is a collaborative study involving five European cohort studies on aging. This project focuses on the personal and societal burden and its determinants of osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of the current report is to describe the purpose of the project, the post(More)
BACKGROUND Associations of sitting-time and physical activity with depression are unclear. PURPOSE To examine concurrent and prospective associations between both sitting-time and physical activity with prevalent depressive symptoms in mid-aged Australian women. METHODS Data were from 8950 women, aged 50-55 years in 2001, who completed mail surveys in(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare three methods for assessing wear time from accelerometer data: automated, log-books and a combination of the two. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. METHODS Forty-five office workers wore an Actigraph GT3X accelerometer and kept a detailed activity log-book for 7 days. The automated method used six algorithms to determine non-wear time(More)
In old age, 5-10% percent of all falls result in a fracture, and up to 90% of all fractures result from a fall. This article describes the link between fall risk and fracture risk in community-dwelling older persons. Which factors attribute to both the fall risk and the fracture risk? Which falls result in a fracture? Which tools are available to predict(More)
BACKGROUND Annually, about 30% of the persons of 65 years and older falls at least once and 15% falls at least twice. Falls often result in serious injuries, such as fractures. Therefore, the prevention of accidental falls is necessary. The aim is to describe the design of a study that evaluates the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a multidisciplinary(More)
BACKGROUND This study explored the associations between various types of activities, their underlying physical components, and recurrent falling in community-dwelling older persons. METHODS This study included 1,329 community-dwelling persons (>or=65 years) of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). The time spent in walking, cycling, light and(More)
A frailty concept that includes psychological and cognitive markers was prospectively shown to be associated with increased risk of multiple falls and fractures among 1,509 community dwelling older adults, especially in those aged 75 and over. The predictive ability of frailty is not superior to falls history. The concept of frailty has been defined with or(More)