Geriatric Psychiatry

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.

Latest

Telemedicine Shows Promise to Improve Geriatric Psychiatric Care

Telemedicine Shows Promise to Improve Geriatric Psychiatric Care

Telepsychiatry services for elderly patients may increase access to geriatric specialists, reduce travel time for both providers and patients, and reduce healthcare costs.

Updated Intimate Partner Violence Screening Recommendations for Women

Updated Intimate Partner Violence Screening Recommendations for Women

The United States Preventive Services Task Force updated the 2013 recommendation on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and abuse of vulnerable adults.

Significant Rates of Major Depressive Disorder Found in Dementia

Significant Rates of Major Depressive Disorder Found in Dementia

Patients with dementia had an increased prevalence of major depressive disorder.

Antipsychotic Use More Frequent for Off-Label Indications in Older Adults

Antipsychotic Use More Frequent for Off-Label Indications in Older Adults

Antipsychotic use was more common for off-label conditions in older adults, including for dementia, behavioral issues, cognitive deficiency, and use of physical restraint.

Visual Hallucinations in Dementia and Parkinson Disease: Assessment of Patient Experiences

Visual Hallucinations in Dementia and Parkinson Disease: Assessment of Patient Experiences

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."

Sertraline Effective for Treating Depression in Vascular Cognitive Impairment

Sertraline Effective for Treating Depression in Vascular Cognitive Impairment

A placebo-controlled study could further clarify these results and possibly strengthen the case for antidepressant treatment for depression in vascular cognitive impairment.

Quality Improvement Intervention Improves Documentation of Geriatric Transitions in Care

Quality Improvement Intervention Improves Documentation of Geriatric Transitions in Care

Documentation of geriatric assessments during care transitions can be improved with a quality improvement intervention.

A Review of Interventions to Prevent Late-Life Dementia, Cognitive Decline

A Review of Interventions to Prevent Late-Life Dementia, Cognitive Decline

There is limited evidence for the benefits of different interventions to prevent late-life dementia.

Increase Use of Nursing Home for Patients With Cognitive Impairment Category

Increase Use of Nursing Home for Patients With Cognitive Impairment Category

The use of nursing homes is increasing for those who are cognitively impaired.

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.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters