Geriatric Psychiatry

Sudden Symptomatic Improvement Predicts Response to Antidepressant Therapy

Sudden Symptomatic Improvement Predicts Response to Antidepressant Therapy

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Recent evidence suggests that early sudden improvements have lasting effects and occur in most patients receiving antidepressants.

What Do Mozart and Marvin Gaye Have in Common? Improving Dementia Symptoms

What Do Mozart and Marvin Gaye Have in Common? Improving Dementia Symptoms

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Investigators examined the effects of a person-centered music listening intervention on mood, agitation, and social engagement in people living with dementia.

Gait Impairment in Adults With Late-Life Depression May Predict Falls

Gait Impairment in Adults With Late-Life Depression May Predict Falls

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Dual-task cost, which provides the percentage change in gait speed between simple and dual-task gait, may be a clinically relevant indicator of fall risk be related to cognitive decline.

Illness Awareness Fluctuates With Schizophrenia, But May Not Affect Outcomes

Illness Awareness Fluctuates With Schizophrenia, But May Not Affect Outcomes

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In this study of older patients with schizophrenia, investigators examined the temporal fluctuations that occur with awareness of mental illness, and related factors that influence illness awareness.

Dementia Associated With Mortality in Adults With Down Syndrome

Dementia Associated With Mortality in Adults With Down Syndrome

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Researchers examined the association of Alzheimer disease-related dementia with mortality in adults with Down syndrome, quantifying the fatal burden.

Telemedicine Shows Promise to Improve Geriatric Psychiatric Care

Telemedicine Shows Promise to Improve Geriatric Psychiatric Care

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Intranasal Esketamine Effective for Geriatric Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression

Intranasal Esketamine Effective for Geriatric Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Intranasal esketamine in combination with oral antidepressants demonstrated significant reduction of depressive symptoms and improved overall severity of depressive illness and health-related quality of life and functioning.

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.

Delirium, Dementia, and the Aging Brain: Searching for Answers

Delirium, Dementia, and the Aging Brain: Searching for Answers

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Although existing management strategies for delirium are limited in effectiveness, researchers are hopeful that improvements in prevention strategies for delirium may be achieved by gaining a better understanding of the role of cognitive and brain reserve.

Anesthesia for Surgery and Subsequent Onset of Cognitive Dysfunction

Anesthesia for Surgery and Subsequent Onset of Cognitive Dysfunction

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Results from animal studies have been showing that anesthetics may be neurotoxic and could lead to cognitive dysfunction.

 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.

Antidepressant Use and Dementia Risk in the Elderly

Antidepressant Use and Dementia Risk in the Elderly

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Antidepressants categorized as potentially inappropriate medication for elderly patients were associated with an increased risk of dementia.

High Serum Concentrations of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Elderly

High Serum Concentrations of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Elderly

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

Protecting the Brain:  The Damaging Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury

Protecting the Brain: The Damaging Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injury is a significant burden on the US health system and is a contributing factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths.

Mood Disturbances in Older Adults with Impaired Vision

Mood Disturbances in Older Adults with Impaired Vision

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Among older people with visual impairment, 57.2% are at risk for mild or moderate depression.

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.

Older Patients With Inadequately Treated Depression Have Poorer Prognosis Overall

Older Patients With Inadequately Treated Depression Have Poorer Prognosis Overall

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Contrary to common belief, the prevalence of depression in older adults does not decrease with age.

Antidepressant Treatment Outcomes for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Antidepressant Treatment Outcomes for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Antidepressant treatment in combination with DMARDs and biologics led to the best positive dynamics of mental disorder frequency.

Depression Identification, Stigma as Focus of World Health Day

Depression Identification, Stigma as Focus of World Health Day

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Shekhar Saxena, MD, director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization, speaks about depression.

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.

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.

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