Geriatric Psychiatry

Electroconvulsive Therapy Continues to Be Vital Treatment for Depression in Elderly

Electroconvulsive Therapy Continues to Be Vital Treatment for Depression in Elderly

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Research findings support continuation of ECT plus medication in a depressed elderly population.

Loneliness May Be a Precursor to Alzheimer's Disease

Loneliness May Be a Precursor to Alzheimer's Disease

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Recognition of self-reported symptoms that may appear at early onset of amyloid accumulation, such as loneliness, point to opportunities for preventive therapies.

Too Few Seniors Planning End-of-Life Care

Too Few Seniors Planning End-of-Life Care

Findings suggest that efforts to encourage more planning aren't working.

Late-life Volunteering Helps Maintain Cognitive Function

Late-life Volunteering Helps Maintain Cognitive Function

Regular late-life volunteering is independently tied to decreased risk of cognitive impairment.

Is There a Link Between Midlife Hypertension and Late-life Cognitive Dysfunction

Is There a Link Between Midlife Hypertension and Late-life Cognitive Dysfunction

The American Heart Association issues a scientific statement on the possible link between chronic arterial hypertension and cognition.

Gender-dependent Differences in Alzheimer Disease Diagnosis

Gender-dependent Differences in Alzheimer Disease Diagnosis

In 2016, an estimated 5.4 million US adults have Alzheimer disease.

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

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The extent or severity of physical ailments and functional impairment needs to be carefully examined in order to successfully prevent suicide in late life.

Late-onset Depression Associated with Elevated Dementia Risk

Late-onset Depression Associated with Elevated Dementia Risk

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Dementia risk was particularly elevated in patients with depression who had higher scores on cognitive tests at baseline.

Study Links "Positivity Effect" With Subclinical Memory Impairment

Study Links "Positivity Effect" With Subclinical Memory Impairment

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Researchers examine age-related alterations in memory.

Urinary Biomarker of Parkinson Disease Identified

Urinary Biomarker of Parkinson Disease Identified

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To date, there are no validated biomarkers to independently assess Parkinson Disease diagnosis and prognosis, or to measure disease severity.

Depression Associated With COPD Meds Nonadherence

Depression Associated With COPD Meds Nonadherence

Interventions are needed to enhance adherence to prescribed medications, especially in older adults experiencing new episodes of depression.

Beneficial Effects of High Dietary Fiber Intake on Healthy Aging

Beneficial Effects of High Dietary Fiber Intake on Healthy Aging

The intake of dietary fiber among people living in the United States remains low, according to the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Overall, almost half of older Medicare beneficiaries who died in 2012 had persistent high spending throughout the final year of life.

Physical Activity During Midlife Influences Late Life Verbal Memory Performance

Physical Activity During Midlife Influences Late Life Verbal Memory Performance

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Modifiable risk factors (eg, smoking, hypertension, sedentary behavior, overweight/obesity, and social engagement) contribute to nearly half of documented dementia cases.

Moderate Daily Physical Activity May Extend Life Expectancy

Moderate Daily Physical Activity May Extend Life Expectancy

Aerobic physical exercise produces numerous health benefits in the brain and may help you live longer.

Prevalence of Pseudobulbar Affect in Patients With Dementia

Prevalence of Pseudobulbar Affect in Patients With Dementia

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Symptoms of PBA were observed in nearly three-quarters of patients with dementia.

Importance of Perceived Control in Treating Pain, Depression

Importance of Perceived Control in Treating Pain, Depression

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Clinicians should focus on treating patients' pain and psychological conditions together.

Anxiety Linked to Decreased Cognitive Performance In Elderly

Anxiety Linked to Decreased Cognitive Performance In Elderly

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Study participants with moderate to severe anxiety exhibited poor visual and verbal memory.

Approaching Death With Dignity

Approaching Death With Dignity

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Hesitation to discuss dying can lead to a lack of understanding on how to help patients achieve a "good death."

Antipsychotics Ineffective for Delirium During Hospitalization

Antipsychotics Ineffective for Delirium During Hospitalization

No significant effect was found for preventing or treating delirium during hospitalization with antipsychotic medications.

Cognitive Decline Has Greater Impact on Speech in Parkinson's

Cognitive Decline Has Greater Impact on Speech in Parkinson's

Those with cognitive difficulties struggle to follow conversations or recall words.

Can Herpes Cause Alzheimer's Disease?

Can Herpes Cause Alzheimer's Disease?

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A handful of studies indicate that older people with active herpes virus may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's

Higher Rates of Antidepressant Use Associated With Alzheimer's

Higher Rates of Antidepressant Use Associated With Alzheimer's

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Patients with Alzheimer's disease received antidepressant prescriptions twice as often as age- and sex-matched peers.

Blueberries May Help Prevent Effects of Alzheimer's

Blueberries May Help Prevent Effects of Alzheimer's

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There was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who took the blueberry powder.

Gum Disease May Increase Cognitive Decline Risk in Alzheimer's

Gum Disease May Increase Cognitive Decline Risk in Alzheimer's

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Those with the gum disease saw a 6-fold increase in cognitive decline over follow-up.

Dementia Incidence Higher Than Heart Disease in Elderly

Dementia Incidence Higher Than Heart Disease in Elderly

Among adults aged 80 years and older, about 64% of those who died had prior diagnosis of dementia.

Ambien Tied To Car Accidents in Elderly, Women

Ambien Tied To Car Accidents in Elderly, Women

Significantly higher rates of motor vehicle collisions in women and adults aged 80 years and older.

Immune System May Play Greater Role in Alzheimer's Than Thought

Immune System May Play Greater Role in Alzheimer's Than Thought

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While many studies have explored the role of microglia in Alzheimer's, very few researchers have examined the role of the adaptive immune system.

Mental Stimulation May Delay Symptoms of Alzheimer's, But Not Its Cause

Mental Stimulation May Delay Symptoms of Alzheimer's, But Not Its Cause

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There is substantial evidence that mental stimulation in middle age helps to delay the onset of memory and thinking problems.

Memory-Enhancing Supplements: What's the Evidence?

Memory-Enhancing Supplements: What's the Evidence?

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Study reports on the availability of safety and efficacy data for over-the-counter supplements for improving brain health.

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