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|Title:||Restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease and periodic limb movements in sleep in the elderly with and without dementia|
|Citation:||Sleep Medicine Clinics, 2015; 10(3):331-342|
|Michela Figorilli, Monica Puligheddu and Raffaele Ferri|
|Abstract:||There is great interest in the study of sleep in healthy and cognitively impaired elderly. Sleep disorders have been related to quality of aging. Sleep-related movements are a frequent cause of disordered sleep and daytime sleepiness. Restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED) is often unrecognized in the elderly. This review explores RLS/WED in the elderly population. The elderly population may be subdivided into 3 groups: healthy, dependent, and frail. The RLS/WED could be a predictor for lower physical function; its burden on quality of life and health care-related costs, in the elderly, should be an important clinical and public health concern.|
|Keywords:||Elderly; Restless legs syndrome; Sleep; Willis–Ekbom disease|
|Rights:||© 2015 Elsevier Inc.|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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