Alzheimer disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
Patients with dementia had an increased prevalence of major depressive disorder.
Antipsychotic use was more common for off-label conditions in older adults, including for dementia, behavioral issues, cognitive deficiency, and use of physical restraint.
Patients who felt the situation was "abnormal" were less likely to seek help. This trend was more common in patients with Parkinson disease than patients with dementia, although both described feeling "embarrassed or ashamed."
A placebo-controlled study could further clarify these results and possibly strengthen the case for antidepressant treatment for depression in vascular cognitive impairment.
Documentation of geriatric assessments during care transitions can be improved with a quality improvement intervention.
There is limited evidence for the benefits of different interventions to prevent late-life dementia.
The use of nursing homes is increasing for those who are cognitively impaired.
Serum concentrations of second-generation antipsychotics were significantly higher in patients over the age of 70.
In older adults, life expectancy and delayed disability are associated with having a favorable behavioral profile.
Cognitively normal elderly individuals who engage in specific mentally stimulating activities have a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment.
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