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The sense of taste was studied in a group of 20 centenarians from Eastern Sicily, displaying a mini mental state examination (MMSE) score higher than 19. Control subjects were 20 adult (mean age 27.7 +/- 3.2 years) and 20 elderly subjects (mean age 71.3 +/- 5.5 years). Although it has been revealed that centenarians retain considerably the capacity to(More)
Multiple pathologies are characteristic for the elderly. We evaluated the prevalence of multiple pathologies in 28 randomly selected centenarians living in Eastern Sicily and compared the data with those obtained in another random group of 28 control subjects over 80 years of age. It has been revealed that 25% of the centenarians suffered from 0-3(More)
Seven thyroid function parameters (total T3, TT3; total T4, TT4; free T3, FT3; free T4, FT4; TSH; anti-thyroglobulin antibodies, TGAb; and anti-microsomal antibodies, TMAb) were studied in a series of 20 healthy centenarians in order to evaluate their thyroid function status. Our results showed that all the parameters were within normal range, with the(More)
Several laboratory blood parameters in a group of healthy centenarians (7 males and 15 females) living in Eastern Sicily were studied and compared with those recorded in a group of healthy elderly subjects (5 males and 12 females) from 80 to 87 years of age. Almost all the laboratory test parameters analyzed were within the range considered to be normal for(More)
Aim of the study was at furnishing a description of the socio-economic reality of Sicilian centenarians. Informations were taken from the records of Italian Multicentric Study on Centenarians. Randomly selected 28 centenarians (8 males, 20 females), in the age range 100-108 years from Eastern Sicily were examined. The following average socioeconomic profile(More)
A random sample of 28 centenarians was studied (32.56% of all centenarians in Eastern Sicily) within the framework of the Italian Multicenter Study on Centenarians. The activity of daily living (ADL) scale was applied to evaluate their capacity to perform everyday tasks autonomously. The study sample consisted of 8 males (28.57%) and 20 females (71.43%),(More)
Studies were carried out using the mini mental state examination (MMSE) and the geriatric depression scale (GDS) in 71 elderly patients, in order to establish eventual correlations between cognitive deficit, depression and multiple pathologies. This examination was part of a multidimensional evaluation involving patients over 65 years of age hospitalized in(More)
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