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Type: Journal article
Title: Restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease and periodic limb movements in sleep in the elderly with and without dementia
Author: Figorilli, M.
Puligheddu, M.
Ferri, R.
Citation: Sleep Medicine Clinics, 2015; 10(3):331-342
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1556-407X
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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
Willis–Ekbom disease
Rights: © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.05.011
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