Geriatric Psychiatry Archive

High Serum Concentrations of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Elderly

High Serum Concentrations of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Elderly

Serum concentrations of second-generation antipsychotics were significantly higher in patients over the age of 70.

Increased Life Expectancy, Delayed Disability for Older Adults With Healthy Lifestyle

Increased Life Expectancy, Delayed Disability for Older Adults With Healthy Lifestyle

In older adults, life expectancy and delayed disability are associated with having a favorable behavioral profile.

Brain Activity Lowers Rate of Age-Related Mental Decline

Brain Activity Lowers Rate of Age-Related Mental Decline

Cognitively normal elderly individuals who engage in specific mentally stimulating activities have a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment.

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.

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.

Anxiety Linked to Decreased Cognitive Performance In Elderly

Anxiety Linked to Decreased Cognitive Performance In Elderly

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

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.

In Older Adults, Driving Cessation Linked to Adverse Health Outcomes

In Older Adults, Driving Cessation Linked to Adverse Health Outcomes

In older adults, driving cessation can be linked to a variety of health problems, including depression.

Negative Views About Aging May Affect Hearing, Memory

Negative Views About Aging May Affect Hearing, Memory

Researchers have discovered an association between negative views on aging in older adults and poor performance on hearing and memory assessments.

Depressive Symptoms Increase Past Age 65

Depressive Symptoms Increase Past Age 65

New medical conditions, especially chronic ones, and the approach of death factored into the rising depression rate.

Computer Game Can Improve Memory in Seniors

Computer Game Can Improve Memory in Seniors

Brain imaging on some of the patients showed some evidence of neuroplasticity, or brain changes, related to improved prospective memory performance.

Mediterranean Diet May Mitigate Brain Aging in Elderly

Mediterranean Diet May Mitigate Brain Aging in Elderly

Seniors who ate more foods tied to the eating plan, especially fish, had more volume, equivalent to five less years of aging.

Face-to-Face Communication Among Seniors Best To Ward Off Depression

Face-to-Face Communication Among Seniors Best To Ward Off Depression

Seniors who met up with family and friends at least three times a week had the lowest level of depressive symptoms at 6.5%.

Seniors Get Psychiatric Meds At Twice the Rate of Younger Adults

Seniors Get Psychiatric Meds At Twice the Rate of Younger Adults

Seniors also see psychiatrists at about half the rate of younger adults.

IOM Issues Guidelines For Practitioners To Enhance Cognitive Health

IOM Issues Guidelines For Practitioners To Enhance Cognitive Health

The Institute of Medicine has released guidelines to help practitioners help maintain cognitive health in their older patients.

Healthy Living Can Slow Mental Decline in Seniors

Healthy Living Can Slow Mental Decline in Seniors

Balanced diet, physical exercise and brain training programs shown to improve mental functioning in older people.

Loneliness Common in Elderly With Chronic Illness

Loneliness Common in Elderly With Chronic Illness

Having older adults with chronic illness think positively can reduce risk for loneliness and prevent depression.

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed to Seniors for Unapproved Indications

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed to Seniors for Unapproved Indications

Seniors with dementia in nursing homes are often prescribed antipsychotics for behavioral, emotional and cognitive diagnoses or symptoms.

Starting Atypical Antipsychotics Increases Falls, Fractures

Starting Atypical Antipsychotics Increases Falls, Fractures

New prescriptions for atypical antipsychotics increase the risk of fractures and falls in older adults.

Substance Abuse in Elderly Growing Health Concern

Substance Abuse in Elderly Growing Health Concern

Number of elderly Americans with alcohol abuse issues expected to double by 2020.

Benzos Still Commonly Prescribed for Elderly, Despite Risks

Benzos Still Commonly Prescribed for Elderly, Despite Risks

Restricting prescribing authority to psychiatrists only may help curb over use.

Anxiety in Mild Cognitive Impairment Boosts Alzheimer's Risk

Anxiety in Mild Cognitive Impairment Boosts Alzheimer's Risk

People with mild cognitive impairment who also suffer from anxiety are at a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Home Nurses Integrating Depression Care Benefits Elderly

Home Nurses Integrating Depression Care Benefits Elderly

Home health care nurses that integrated a depression care program saw depression symptoms decline in elderly patients.

Many Types of Exercise Benefit Cognitive Function in Seniors

Many Types of Exercise Benefit Cognitive Function in Seniors

Cognitive function improved whether seniors did aerobic exercises or simple tasks focused on balance and coordination.

Mild Concussions Boost Dementia Risk in Seniors

Mild Concussions Boost Dementia Risk in Seniors

Active seniors should take measures to protect their head from traumatic brain injuries while doing certain physical activities.

CMS Aims to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Home Patients

CMS Aims to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Home Patients

Use of antipsychotics among long-term nursing home patients already fell by 15% between late 2011 and late 2013.

Spousal Caregiving Elevates Depression Risk

Spousal Caregiving Elevates Depression Risk

Longer duration of caregiving did not increase the risk.

Caregivers of Those With Dementia Carry Significant Burden

Caregivers of Those With Dementia Carry Significant Burden

Levels of "burden" continued to rise among caregivers through as their care continued.

US Seniors Will Reach 83.7M by 2050

US Seniors Will Reach 83.7M by 2050

The number of health care employees will continue to rise as the U.S. senior population increases.

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