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Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology

Mark van der Maas, Robert E Mann, John McCready, Flora I Matheson, Nigel E Turner, Hayley A Hamilton, Tracy Schrans, Anca Ialomiteanu
As older adults continue to make up a greater proportion of the Canadian population, it becomes more important to understand the implications that their leisure activities have for their physical and mental health. Gambling, in particular, is a form of leisure that is becoming more widely available and has important implications for the mental health and financial well-being of older adults. This study examines a large sample (2103) of casino-going Ontarian adults over the age of 55 and identifies those features of their gambling participation that are associated with problem gambling...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Richard N Jones, Edward R Marcantonio, Jane S Saczynski, Douglas Tommet, Alden L Gross, Thomas G Travison, David C Alsop, Eva M Schmitt, Tamara G Fong, Sevdenur Cizginer, Mouhsin M Shafi, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Sharon K Inouye
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is a well-recognized risk factor for delirium. Our goal was to determine whether the level of cognitive performance across the nondemented cognitive ability spectrum is correlated with delirium risk and to gauge the importance of cognition relative to other known risk factors for delirium. METHODS: The Successful Aging after Elective Surgery study enrolled 566 adults aged ≥70 years scheduled for major surgery. Patients were assessed preoperatively and daily during hospitalization for the occurrence of delirium using the Confusion Assessment Method...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Andreea L Seritan, Kyoungmi Kim, Ian Benjamin, Ioana Seritan, Randi J Hagerman
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a late-onset neurodegenerative disease with motor, psychiatric, and cognitive manifestations that occurs in carriers of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene premutations. This was a retrospective chart review of 196 individuals (127 men and 69 women) with FXTAS. Forty-six (23%) participants were cognitively impaired, of whom 19 (10%) had dementia. Risk factors for dementia were examined (CGG repeat size; alcohol, benzodiazepine, and opioid use; diabetes; hyperlipidemia; hypertension; hypothyroidism; obesity; sleep apnea; surgeries with general anesthesia; depression; family history of dementia)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Robert F Coen, Kevin McCarroll, Miriam Casey, Helene McNulty, Eamon Laird, Anne M Molloy, M Ward, J J Strain, Leane Hoey, Catherine Hughes, Conal J Cunningham
BACKGROUND: The Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) is a short battery designed to assess frontal executive functioning, but data for interpretation of performance are limited. OBJECTIVES: The Trinity, Ulster, Department of Agriculture (TUDA) study provided the opportunity to derive performance data from a large sample of community-dwelling hospital outpatient or general practitioner (GP) attenders. METHODS: Normative analysis based on 2508 TUDA participants meeting these criteria: Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) >26/30, not depressed (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression <16) or anxious (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale <8), no history of stroke, or transient ischemic attack...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Robert A Stern, Linda M Abularach, Daniel R Seichepine, Michael L Alosco, Brandon E Gavett, Yorghos Tripodis
BACKGROUND: A multitest approach is optimal for the identification of at-risk driving among older adults. This study examined the predictive validity of a combination of office-based screening tests for on-road driving performance in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI)/dementia. METHODS: Forty-four normal control, 20 participants with MCI, and 20 participants with dementia completed a battery of office-based assessments. On-road driving evaluation classified participants as not at-risk (n = 65) or at-risk drivers (n = 19)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Katherine Penny, Alex Barron, Ann-Marie Higgins, Susan Gee, Matthew Croucher, Gary Cheung
AIMS: Depression Rating Scale (DRS) is one of the clinical outcome measures of the International Resident Assessment Instrument (interRAI) assessment. The primary aim of this study is to investigate the diagnostic accuracy and concurrent validity of the 3-day assessment window version of the DRS. METHODS: The performance of DRS was compared with a gold standard clinical diagnosis of depression in 92 patients (age ≥65) who had interRAI version 9.1 Home Care assessment completed within 30 days of discharge from psychogeriatric inpatient care or memory clinic assessment...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Pongsatorn Paholpak, Andrew R Carr, Joseph P Barsuglia, Robin J Barrows, Elvira Jimenez, Grace J Lee, Mario F Mendez
BACKGROUND: While much disinhibition in dementia results from generalized impulsivity, in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) disinhibition may also result from impaired social cognition. OBJECTIVE: To deconstruct disinhibition and its neural correlates in bvFTD vs. early-onset Alzheimer's disease (eAD). METHODS: Caregivers of 16 bvFTD and 21 matched-eAD patients completed the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale disinhibition items...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Ayesha Khan, Raj N Kalaria, Anne Corbett, Clive Ballard
Vascular dementia (VaD) is a major contributor to the dementia syndrome and is described as having problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, and memory caused by impaired blood flow to the brain and damage to the blood vessels resulting from events such as stroke. There are a variety of etiologies that contribute to the development of vascular cognitive impairment and VaD, and these are often associated with other dementia-related pathologies such as Alzheimer disease. The diagnosis of VaD is difficult due to the number and types of lesions and their locations in the brain...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Tor Atle Rosness, Knut Engedal, Zeina Chemali
Today, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) remains one of the most common forms of early-onset dementia, that is, before the age of 65, thus posing several diagnostic challenges to clinicians since symptoms are often mistaken for psychiatric or neurological diseases causing a delay in correct diagnosis, and the majority of patients with FTD present with symptoms at ages between 50 and 60. Genetic components are established risk factors for FTD, but the influence of lifestyle, comorbidity, and environmental factors on the risk of FTD is still unclear...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Sara Garcia-Ptacek, Milica G Kramberger
Dementia is a frequent complication of Parkinson disease (PD) with a yearly incidence of around 10% of patients with PD. Lewy body pathology is the most important factor in the development of Parkinson disease dementia (PDD) and there is evidence for a synergistic effect with β-amyloid. The clinical phenotype in PDD extends beyond the dysexecutive syndrome that is often present in early PD and encompasses deficits in recognition memory, attention, and visual perception. Sleep disturbances, hallucinations, neuroleptic sensitivity, and fluctuations are often present...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Rosie Watson, Sean J Colloby
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) while common in older age can present a diagnostic challenge to clinicians and is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer disease (AD). Imaging studies have improved our understanding of the neurobiological changes in DLB during life and how they differ from AD. This has led to significant advances in the development of new techniques, such as dopaminergic imaging, which can aid the clinical diagnosis. Other functional imaging methods also show promise in helping to assess the influence of differing pathologies in DLB, most notably, AD-related and vascular pathology during life...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Ian McKeith, John-Paul Taylor, Alan Thomas, Paul Donaghy, Joseph Kane
Efforts to clinically diagnose cases having dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) identify those with a characteristic clinical syndrome (probable DLB) at the expense of missing an equal, if not greater, number of cases who have atypical presentations thought to be associated with coexisting Alzheimer pathologies. This article argues that further efforts should now be made to characterize this atypical group that constitutes cases previously identified postmortem as the Lewy body variant of Alzheimer disease (AD) or as AD with Lewy bodies...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Arvid Rongve, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
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September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
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July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Merve Alaylıoğlu, Duygu Gezen-Ak, Erdinç Dursun, Başar Bilgiç, Haşmet Hanağası, Turan Ertan, Hakan Gürvit, Murat Emre, Engin Eker, Ömer Uysal, Selma Yılmazer
Previous studies have demonstrated that clusterin (CLU), which is also known as apolipoprotein J, is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD). In this study, we investigated the association between rs2279590, rs11136000, and rs9331888 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CLU and apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotypes in a cohort of Turkish patients with late-onset AD (LOAD). There were 183 patients with LOAD and 154 healthy controls included in the study. The CLU and APOE polymorphisms were genotyped using the LightSNiP assay...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Emre Bora, Dennis Velakoulis, Mark Walterfang
Behavioral disturbances and lack of empathy are distinctive clinical features of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) in comparison to Alzheimer disease (AD). The aim of this meta-analytic review was to compare facial emotion recognition performances of bvFTD with healthy controls and AD. The current meta-analysis included a total of 19 studies and involved comparisons of 288 individuals with bvFTD and 329 healthy controls and 162 bvFTD and 147 patients with AD. Facial emotion recognition was significantly impaired in bvFTD in comparison to the healthy controls (d = 1...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Claire Donnellan, M Al Banna, N Redha, I Al Sharoqi, A Al-Jishi, M Bakhiet, S Taha, F Abdulla
INTRODUCTION: The link between metacognition and mood has been well established, particularly in other conditions with psychological comorbidity, however, there is no evidence regarding this association in the area of stroke. AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the association between metacognition, based on the Self-Regulatory Executive Function model, and mood symptoms in the acute phase after stroke. METHODS: One hundred thirty patients were recruited to a prospective stroke study in Bahrain, and n = 64 were assessed for mood and cognition...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Philippe Desmarais, Fadi Massoud, Josée Filion, Quoc Dinh Nguyen, Paulina Bajsarowicz
We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials to assess the high-level evidence regarding the role of quetiapine in the treatment of psychosis in patients with neurodegenerative parkinsonian disorders. Studies were included in the qualitative review if they (1) enrolled participants with diagnosis of Parkinson disease, Lewy body dementia, or any other neurodegenerative parkinsonian disorders; (2) assessed the efficacy of quetiapine; and (3) evaluated psychotic and motor outcomes using validated tools...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Ján Mihalov, Peter Mikula, Jaroslav Budiš, Peter Valkovič
The aim of the study was to identify associations between the symptoms of poststroke apathy and sociodemographic, stroke-related (severity of stroke, degree of disability, and performance in activities of daily living), and radiological correlates. We determined the degree of cortical and subcortical brain atrophy, the severity of white matter and basal ganglia lesions on baseline computed tomography (CT) scans, and the localization of acute ischemia on control CT or magnetic resonance imaging scans in subacute stages of stroke...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Fang Wang, Shu-Yang Yu, Li-Jun Zuo, Chen-Jie Cao, Yang Hu, Ze-Jie Chen, Ying-Shan Piao, Ya-Jie Wang, Xiao-Min Wang, Sheng-Di Chen, Piu Chan, Wei Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the demographic features, clinical features, and potential mechanism in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) with pure apathy. METHOD: A total of 145 patients with PD without depression and dementia and 30 age-matched controls were consecutively recruited. Patients with PD were evaluated by Apathy Scale (AS), scales for motor symptoms and quality of life. The levels of iron, oxidative and neuroinflammatory factors, α-synuclein oligomer, and dopamine in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients with PD and controls were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, chemical colorimetric method, and high-performance liquid chromatography...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
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