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Clinical Gerontologist

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30612532/self-compassion-health-outcomes-and-family-carers-of-older-adults-an-integrative-review
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Jenny Murfield, Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Analise O'Donovan
OBJECTIVES: This review sought to synthesize published evidence about the role of self-compassion on health outcomes for family carers of older adults, to describe the current state of knowledge. METHOD: Using an integrative review method that permitted any research design, eight databases were searched. Extensive searching of gray literature sources was also undertaken. Studies included in the review underwent processes of methodological quality assessment (Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool - Version 2011), data extraction, analysis, and syntheses...
January 7, 2019: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30587089/the-multidimensional-scale-of-perceived-social-support-mspss-reliability-and-validity-of-russian-version
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G S Pushkarev, G D Zimet, V A Kuznetsov, E I Yaroslavskaya
OBJECTIVE: To assess factorial and construct validity along with reliability of the Russian version of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) in cardiac patients. METHODS: The study included 1018 patients with coronary artery disease. All patients were offered the opportunity to complete a questionnaire to detect psychosocial risk and protective factors, including the MSPSS. RESULTS: Internal consistency of the Russian version of the MSPSS was high: Cronbach's alpha coefficient in the group of patients with stable angina was ...
December 27, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30560734/stress-and-blood-pressure-in-dementia-caregivers-the-moderator-role-of-mindfulness
#3
Carlos Vara-García, Rosa Romero-Moreno, María Márquez-González, Brent T Mausbach, Roland von Känel, Laura Gallego-Alberto, Ricardo Olmos, Andrés Losada
OBJECTIVE: Dementia caregiving has been described as a chronically stressful situation with adverse cardiovascular effects. Psychological resources such as mindfulness may reduce the impact of stress on caregivers' cardiovascular health. The objective of this study was to analyze the moderating effect of trait mindfulness on the relationship between frequency of disruptive behaviors of the care recipient and blood pressure (BP) in dementia caregivers. METHOD: Participants were 110 dementia family caregivers...
December 18, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30453853/care-and-lgbt-aging-in-canada-a-focus-group-study-on-the-educational-gaps-among-care-workers
#4
Katherine Kortes-Miller, Kimberley Wilson, Arne Stinchcombe
OBJECTIVES: Educational interventions have the potential to equip healthcare providers to support diverse aging populations. The purpose of this research was to identify educational gaps hindering the provision of person-centered care to older adults who identify as LGBT. METHODS: Three focus groups were conducted in urban centers in northern, southern, and eastern Ontario with healthcare professionals and frontline staff. Semi-structured focus group discussion guides were developed based on the literature identifying some of the knowledge gaps, attitudes, challenges, and barriers around providing care for older LGBT adults...
November 19, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30422749/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-older-adults-a-conceptual-review
#5
Anica Pless Kaiser, Joan M Cook, Debra M Glick, Jennifer Moye
OBJECTIVES: We provide a review of the literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in older adults, focusing largely on older U.S. military veterans in two primary areas: 1) assessment and diagnosis and 2) non-pharmacological treatment of PTSD in late life. METHODS: We performed a search using PubMed and Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) databases and reviewed reference sections of selected papers. We also drew on our own clinical perspectives and reflections of seven expert mental health practitioners...
November 13, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30422081/management-of-sleep-disturbances-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-carers-and-the-patient-and-carer-dyadic-relationship-a-scoping-review
#6
Rachael Wade, Nancy A Pachana, Nadeeka Dissanayaka
OBJECTIVES: Sleep disturbances are a debilitating non-motor symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD) and negatively impact patients, their carers and the patient-carer dyadic relationship. This review outlines the phenomenology, as well as factors associated with and treatment of sleep disturbances, in PD patients and their informal carers. METHODS: The following terms were used in four databases: Parkinson*, sleep* disturbance*, carer*, dyad*, intervention* and treatment*...
November 13, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30362909/the-relationship-between-maladaptive-personality-and-social-role-impairment-in-depressed-older-adults-in-primary-care
#7
Aliza Romirowsky, Richard Zweig, Lauren Glick Baker, Jo Anne Sirey
OBJECTIVE: Personality pathology is associated with impaired social functioning in adults, though further evidence is needed to examine the individual contributions of personality traits and processes to social functioning in depressed older adults. This study is a secondary analysis examining the relationship between maladaptive personality traits and processes and social role impairment in depressed older adults in primary care. METHODS: Participants (N = 56) were 77% female and ranged in age between 55-89 (M = 66...
October 26, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30358503/serving-all-who-served-piloting-an-online-tool-to-support-cultural-competency-with-lgbt-u-s-military-veterans-in-long-term-care
#8
Weston Donaldson, Heather M Smith, Brendt P Parrish
OBJECTIVE: Given health disparities between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and non-LGBT older adults, ensuring that the care provided in long-term care (LTC) settings is both supportive and sensitive to their unique needs and challenges is essential. This has become a matter of increasing priority in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which in recent years has stated its mission to "serve all who served," including LGBT Veterans. With this in mind, we piloted an online training tool designed to enhance the LGBT cultural competence of interdisciplinary staff working in geriatric extended care units...
October 25, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30346918/medical-help-seekers-with-anxiety-from-deterioration-in-memory-are-characterized-with-risk-factors-for-cognitive-decline
#9
Ariela Gigi, Merav Papirovitz, Eli Vakil, Therese Treves
OBJECTIVES: Anxiety and subjective memory complaints (SMC) are major risk factors for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and dementia. However, the association between anxiety, SMC and medical help-seeking due to complaints is not clear. Here, we assessed anxiety which rose specifically by memory examination and compared it between help-seekers in memory clinics (HS) and non-help seekers (NHS). METHODS: Twenty HS (60% female) were recruited from a memory Clinic, and 55 NHS (63% female) were recruited from the community...
October 22, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30321125/a-short-form-of-the-lichtenberg-financial-decision-rating-scale
#10
Peter A Lichtenberg, Evan Gross, Rebecca Campbell
OBJECTIVES: This article examines the convergent validity and clinical utility of the 34-item short form of the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale (LFDRS-SF). A briefer scale can lead to enhanced and efficient use of a person-centered approach to the assessment of financial decision-making. METHODS: Using data on 200 community-dwelling older adults from Lichtenberg and colleagues (2017a), convergent validity was examined with cognitive and financial management measures using a correlational and regression approach...
October 15, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30321114/mental-health-differences-between-older-and-younger-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-veterans-evidence-of-resilience
#11
Jose Cortes, Terri L Fletcher, David M Latini, Michael R Kauth
OBJECTIVE: To examine health and identity differences between older (50+) and younger (< 50) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) veterans. METHODS: Participants (N = 254) completed an internet survey assessing depression, anxiety, alcohol use, identity, minority stress, and outness. T tests and logistic regression were used to analyze results. RESULTS: Older LGBT veterans reported less alcohol use (p < .01) than younger counterparts...
October 15, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30321105/trajectories-of-depressive-symptomatology-and-loneliness-in-older-adult-sexual-minorities-and-heterosexual-groups
#12
Christopher R Beam, Emma M Collins
OBJECTIVES: This article examines whether sexual minority men and women experience greater increases in depressive symptoms and loneliness with age compared to heterosexual men and women. METHODS: Using three waves of data from sexual minority (nMen  = 87 and nWomen  = 62) and heterosexual (nMen  = 1,297 and nWomen  = 1,362) older adults in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, we used latent growth curve modeling to test whether change in depressive symptoms and loneliness varies across sexual orientation and whether annual household income and family support accounted for this change...
October 15, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30212310/clinical-gerontologist
#13
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October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29877781/psychotherapy-with-older-adults-implementing-and-refining-best-practices
#14
Jennifer Moye
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447588/psychotherapy-termination-practices-with-older-adults-impact-of-patient-and-therapist-characteristics
#15
Daniel J Sullivan, Patricia Zeff, Richard A Zweig
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to survey clinicians' opinions regarding psychotherapy practices in mutual termination with a specified population (depressed older adult outpatients) and to examine the patient and therapist characteristics that may influence such practices. METHODS: We surveyed psychologists' (N = 96) psychotherapy termination practices, using a hypothetical depressed older adult as a referent, to assess consensus on the appropriateness of various guidelines to termination and to examine whether these differ as a function of patient and therapist characteristics...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432082/enhancing-meaning-when-facing-later-life-losses
#16
Janet Anderson Yang, Breanna L Wilhelmi, Krista McGlynn
OBJECTIVE: This article presents several client cases to illustrate psychotherapeutic interventions for helping older adults facing later life losses enhance their sense of meaning. METHODS: Cases are derived from the client population of a community mental health clinic which provides psychotherapy for low income, seriously mentally ill, culturally diverse older adults, many of whom experience serious medical illnesses. Over the course of 24 years in this setting, the primary author has observed various interventions which offer possibilities to provide hope and meaning for clients with severe problems...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279038/development-of-a-bereavement-group-in-a-geriatric-mental-health-clinic-for-veterans
#17
Elizabeth A Mulligan, Michele J Karel
OBJECTIVES: This article describes the development and program evaluation of an 8-session outpatient geriatric mental health clinic bereavement group for United States military veterans who experienced the death of a loved one. METHODS: Group materials were developed based on a review of literature, with a focus on the dual process model of coping with bereavement and complicated grief treatment. Data are presented from 19 veterans who attended at least 4 of the 8 sessions across the five offerings of this group between 2013 and 2015...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279022/personality-and-its-relationship-to-depression-and-cognition-in-older-adults-implications-for-practice
#18
Nasreen A Sadeq, Victor Molinari
OBJECTIVES: Personality is an important contributor to an individual's mental health and is consistently linked to the two most prevalent mental health conditions among older adults: dementia and depression. This review summarizes the current findings on personality and its association with cognitive decline and depression, as well as treatment outcomes and possible intervention strategies. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted in Web of Science, PubMed, and PsycINFO...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29257939/bringing-creative-writing-instruction-into-reminiscence-group-treatment
#19
Katherine D King
OBJECTIVES: This article describes the program evaluation of a group intervention combining reminiscence with literary creative writing instruction. METHOD: This 10-week, 1-hour group was completed seven times in an outpatient geriatric mental health clinic. Each session introduced a different reminiscence theme and creative writing practice. Feasibility and acceptability were assessed through group monitoring and qualitative feedback. Effectiveness was assessed with pre- and post-test depression screening (PHQ-9) and qualitative feedback...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29252112/program-evaluation-of-group-based-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-insomnia-a-focus-on-treatment-adherence-and-outcomes-in-older-adults-with-co-morbidities
#20
Brian M Ludwin, Patricia Bamonti, Elizabeth A Mulligan
OBJECTIVE: To describe a program evaluation of the interrelationship of adherence and treatment outcomes in a sample of veteran older adults with co-morbidities who participated in group-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. METHODS: Retrospective data extraction was performed for 14 older adults. Adherence measures and sleep outcomes were measured with sleep diaries and Insomnia Severity Index. Demographic and clinical information was extracted through chart review...
October 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
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