Investigators aimed to assess whether anxiety symptoms predict cognitive decline and mortality in older adults with a mental health diagnosis.
Recent evidence suggests that early sudden improvements have lasting effects and occur in most patients receiving antidepressants.
Researchers examined the association of Alzheimer disease-related dementia with mortality in adults with Down syndrome, quantifying the fatal burden.
Telepsychiatry services for elderly patients may increase access to geriatric specialists, reduce travel time for both providers and patients, and reduce healthcare costs.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force updated the 2013 recommendation on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and abuse of vulnerable adults.
Patients with dementia had an increased prevalence of major depressive disorder.
Antipsychotic use was more common for off-label conditions in older adults, including for dementia, behavioral issues, cognitive deficiency, and use of physical restraint.
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.”
A placebo-controlled study could further clarify these results and possibly strengthen the case for antidepressant treatment for depression in vascular cognitive impairment.
Documentation of geriatric assessments during care transitions can be improved with a quality improvement intervention.