Geriatric Psychiatry

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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.

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.

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