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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222823/effects-of-age-working-memory-and-word-order-on-passive-sentence-comprehension-evidence-from-a-verb-final-language
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Jee Eun Sung, Jae Keun Yoo, Soo Eun Lee, Bora Eom
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of working-memory (WM) capacity on age-related changes in abilities to comprehend passive sentences when the word order was systematically manipulated. METHODS: A total of 134 individuals participated in the study. The sentence-comprehension task consisted of the canonical and non-canonical word-order conditions. A composite measure of WM scores was used as an index of WM capacity. RESULTS: Participants exhibited worse performance on sentences with non-canonical word order than canonical word order...
February 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222822/electroconvulsive-therapy-with-s-ketamine-anesthesia-for-catatonia-in-coexisting-depression-and-dementia
#2
Zsuzsa Litvan, Martin Bauer, Siegfried Kasper, Richard Frey
Information on efficacy and safety of electroconvulsive therapy in patients with dementia is sparse. The current case report describes a patient suffering from severe depression and dementia who received electroconvulsive therapy with S-ketamine anesthesia at our psychiatric intensive care unit for the treatment of her therapy-resistant catatonic stupor. The patient's condition improved remarkably through the treatment. By the end of 16 electroconvulsive therapy sessions, her catatonic symptoms remitted entirely, her affect was brighter and she performed markedly better at the cognitive testing...
February 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222815/cognitive-stimulation-therapy-as-a-sustainable-intervention-for-dementia-in-sub-saharan-africa-feasibility-and-clinical-efficacy-using-a-stepped-wedge-design
#3
Stella-Maria Paddick, Sarah Mkenda, Godfrey Mbowe, Aloyce Kisoli, William K Gray, Catherine L Dotchin, Laura Ternent, Adesola Ogunniyi, John Kissima, Olaide Olakehinde, Declare Mushi, Richard W Walker
BACKGROUND: Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a psychosocial group-based intervention for dementia shown to improve cognition and quality of life with a similar efficacy to cholinesterase inhibitors. Since CST can be delivered by non-specialist healthcare workers, it has potential for use in low-resource environments, such as sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We aimed to assess the feasibility and clinical effectiveness of CST in rural Tanzania using a stepped-wedge design. METHODS: Participants and their carers were recruited through a community dementia screening program...
February 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179036/multiple-category-verbal-fluency-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-correlation-with-csf-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Roberta M Mirandez, Ivan Aprahamian, Leda L Talib, Orestes V Forlenza, Marcia Radanovic
BACKGROUND: Verbal fluency (VF) tasks are widely used in neuropsychological evaluations, as a measure of executive/semantic dysfunction. The revised criteria for Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis (National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer Association, 2011) incorporating biomarkers has increased the interest in finding algorithms that combine neuropsychological and biomarkers features to better predict conversion from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to AD. Our aim was to compare the most frequently used VF categories to determine which best discriminated cognitively healthy elderly from MCI patients, and whether cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers levels (Aβ42, P-tau, T-tau, and Aβ42/P-tau) correlated with patient's performance in MCI...
February 9, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173894/deconstructing-the-performance-of-everyday-activities-a-case-in-dementia
#5
Clarissa M Giebel, Daniela Montaldi
BACKGROUND: The assessment of everyday functioning in dementia is currently very global and in most cases fails to provide an in-depth overview of specific areas of deficits. Every activity comprises different sub-tasks which may be impaired to different degrees. Performance of some sub-tasks might be maintained and could thus be the foundation for remaining independent for longer. Thus, the objective of this study was to explore the benefits of breaking down everyday activities into sub-tasks...
February 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173881/the-needs-of-older-people-with-mental-health-problems-in-a-portuguese-psychiatric-setting
#6
Joaquim Passos, Aníbal Fonte, Cláudia Camila Dias, Lia Fernandes
BACKGROUND: This study aims to identify met and unmet needs, according to the patient, the carer and the staff, and their relationship with socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in elderly people with mental health problems. METHODS: A sample of 306 elderly patients ≥65 years, of both sexes, diagnosed with mental illness (ICD-10 criteria), was recruited from inpatient/outpatient settings in a Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, in northern Portugal...
February 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162131/the-relationship-between-caregiving-self-efficacy-and-depressive-symptoms-in-family-caregivers-of-patients-with-alzheimer-disease-a-longitudinal-study
#7
Caterina Grano, Fabio Lucidi, Cristiano Violani
BACKGROUND: Caregiving for a relative with dementia has been associated with negative consequences for mental health. Self-efficacy has been shown to correlate negatively with depression but the long-term association between caregiver burden, caregiver self-efficacy, and depressive symptoms, remains still largely unexplored. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether different self-efficacy domains partially mediated the relationship between caregiving burden and depression...
February 6, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162115/severe-obesity-increases-the-prevalence-but-not-the-incidence-of-depressive-symptoms-in-the-elderly-population-based-cohort-in-southern-brazil
#8
Vanessa Fernanda Goes, Elisabeth Wazlawik, Eleonora D'Orsi, David Alejandro González-Chica
BACKGROUND: The relation between body weight status and depressive symptoms in the elderly differs according to age and country of origin. The goal of this study was to analyze the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationship between body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and depressive symptoms in the elderly. METHODS: A population-based cohort study of 1,702 elderly individuals (70.6+8.0 years) in Southern Brazil evaluated in 2009/10 and 2013/14 was accessed...
February 6, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162112/hoarding-in-the-elderly-a-critical-review-of-the-recent-literature
#9
David M Roane, Alyssa Landers, Jackson Sherratt, Gillian S Wilson
BACKGROUND: Hoarding is now a stand-alone diagnosis in DSM-5. The objective of this review is to critically evaluate the most recent literature on hoarding disorder (HD) in ageing patients. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using PubMed and PsychINFO to identify papers from 2000 to 2015 that examined HD and hoarding symptoms in late-life participants. RESULTS: Thirteen studies met inclusion criteria. Selected studies had significant methodological limitations with regard to participant sampling, diagnostic criteria, and methods for identifying co-morbid conditions...
February 6, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143628/pulling-your-hair-out-in-geriatric-psychiatry-a-case-report
#10
Mairead M Bartley, Maria I Lapid, Jon E Grant
Trichotillomania is a relatively understudied psychiatric disorder. Even less is known about this disorder in the elderly. We describe an unusual case of an elderly woman presenting for the first time with trichotillomania at age 70 and highlight the treatment complexities we encountered.
February 1, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143626/cognition-and-adaptive-functioning-in-older-people-attending-drug-and-alcohol-services
#11
L A Monds, N J Ridley, C Rivas, A Withall, B Draper, N Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: Substance use disorders in older adults are expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. Given the increased susceptibility to cognitive deficits in older substance users (defined here as aged 50+ years due to the accelerated health decline observed in this population), it is important to consider the functional correlates of cognitive impairment in these older adults. This study details the cognitive status of older individuals attending outpatient drug and alcohol (D&A) treatment services and seeks to determine of the association of cognitive impairment to self-reported daily functioning...
February 1, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132664/disentangling-the-complex-relation-of-disability-and-depressive-symptoms-in-old-age-findings-of-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study-in-germany
#12
André Hajek, Christian Brettschneider, Marion Eisele, Dagmar Lühmann, Silke Mamone, Birgitt Wiese, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Angela Fuchs, Michael Pentzek, Janine Stein, Tobias Luck, Horst Bickel, Edelgard Mösch, Kathrin Heser, Michael Wagner, Wolfgang Maier, Martin Scherer, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Most of the previous studies attempted to disentangle the relationship between disability and depressive symptoms were limited to observation periods of only few years. Moreover, evidence is missing regarding the complex co-occurrence of disability and depressive symptoms in old age in Germany. In order to close the research gap, we aimed at disentangling the complex co-occurrence of disability and depressive symptoms in old age in Germany over a longer time frame. METHODS: Based on data from a representative survey of the German general population aged 75 years and older, the course of disability as well as depressive symptoms was observed every 1...
January 30, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124634/buspirone-for-the-treatment-of-dementia-with-behavioral-disturbance
#13
Maria R Santa Cruz, Priscilla C Hidalgo, Meredith S Lee, Cornelius W Thomas, Suzanne Holroyd
Behavioral disturbances are common but serious symptoms in patients with dementia. Currently, there are no FDA approved drugs for this purpose. There have been case reports and small case series of the use of buspirone. In this retrospective study, we review 179 patients prescribed buspirone for treatment of behavioral disturbance in dementia to better characterize the efficacy and potential side effects. All patients prescribed buspirone for behavioral disturbance due to dementia from a geropsychiatric outreach program were reviewed...
January 26, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124633/it-is-not-only-memory-effects-of-sensecam-on-improving-well-being-in-patients-with-mild-alzheimer-disease
#14
Ana Rita Silva, Maria Salomé Pinho, Luís Macedo, Christopher Moulin, Salomé Caldeira, Horácio Firmino
BACKGROUND: Cognitive interventions (either restorative or compensatory) developed for mild Alzheimer's Disease (AD) have been tested widely with cognitive measures, but less is known about how the effects of such interventions are generalizable to daily functioning. In the present study, we looked at affective state and perceived functionality and quality of life indicators, for three different cognitive rehabilitation programs. METHODS: Fifty-one AD patients in the mild stage of the disease were selected for the study and were randomly assigned to one of three cognitive training groups: (1) Memo+ (a paper and pencil memory training program); (2) SenseCam (wearable camera used as a passive external memory aid); (3) Written diary (a personal journal, used as control condition)...
January 26, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120733/prediction-of-post-stroke-dementia-using-ninds-csn-5-minute-neuropsychology-protocol-in-acute-stroke
#15
Jae-Sung Lim, Mi Sun Oh, Ju-Hun Lee, San Jung, Chulho Kim, Min Uk Jang, Sang-Hwa Lee, Yeo Jin Kim, Yerim Kim, Jaeseol Park, Yeonwook Kang, Kyung-Ho Yu, Byung-Chul Lee
BACKGROUND: The National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke-Canadian Stroke Network (NINDS-CSN) 5-minute neuropsychology protocol consists of only verbal tasks, and is proposed as a brief screening method for vascular cognitive impairment. We evaluated its feasibility within two weeks after stroke and ability to predict the development of post-stroke dementia (PSD) at 3 months after stroke. METHOD: We prospectively enrolled subjects with ischemic stroke within seven days of symptom onset who were consecutively admitted to 12 university hospitals...
January 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095946/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-for-treating-agitation-in-dementia-major-neurocognitive-disorder-a-promising-option
#16
Oliver M Glass, Brent P Forester, Adriana P Hermida
BACKGROUND: Agitation in patients with dementia increases caretaker burden, increases healthcare costs, and worsens the patient's quality of life. Antipsychotic medications, commonly used for the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia have a box warning from the FDA for elevated mortality risk. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has made significant advances over the past several years, and is efficacious in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. We provide a systematic review of published literature regarding the efficacy of ECT for the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia (major neurocognitive disorder)...
January 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095944/applications-of-the-propensity-score-weighting-method-in-psychogeriatric-research-correcting-selection-bias-and-adjusting-for-confounders
#17
Chung-Chou H Chang
The propensity score (PS) weighting method is an analytic technique that has been applied in multiple fields for a number of purposes. Here, we discuss two common applications, which are (1) to correct for selection bias and (2) to adjust for confounding variables when estimating the effect of an exposure variable on the outcome of interest.
January 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095935/living-well-with-chronic-disease-for-those-older-adults-living-in-the-community
#18
Richard A Burns, Colette Browning, Hal L Kendig
BACKGROUND: Definitions of successful aging that incorporate dimensions of physical capacity and medical conditions are limited owing to the normative nature of experiencing medical conditions with age. We examine the capacity for older adults living in the community to live well with or without chronic disease as they age. METHOD: Participants (n = 1,001) were from the Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing (MELSHA) study who were aged 65+ years at baseline, were living in the community and followed for 16 years...
January 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091355/a-systematic-review-evaluating-the-impact-of-paid-home-carer-training-supervision-and-other-interventions-on-the-health-and-well-being-of-older-home-care-clients
#19
Claudia Cooper, Blerta Cenko, Briony Dow, Penny Rapaport
BACKGROUND: Interventions to support and skill paid home carers and managers could potentially improve health and well-being of older home care clients. This is the first systematic review of interventions to improve how home carers and home care agencies deliver care to older people, with regard to clients' health and well-being and paid carers' well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. METHODS: We reviewed 10/731 papers found in the electronic search (to January 2016) fitting predetermined criteria, assessed quality using a checklist, and synthesized data using quantitative and qualitative techniques...
January 16, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091352/elder-abuse-by-abandonment-in-india-a-novel-community-awareness-and-intervention-strategy
#20
Mangal S Kardile, Carmelle Peisah
India, along with the rest of the world, is aging rapidly, but more so. Of a total population of over 1.2 billion, the aging population over 60 years is 109 million, projected to rise above 300 million by the year 2050, exceeding the younger population. One important ramification of this highly populous and under-resourced setting is that it provides a ripe environment for elder abuse (Chokkanathan and Lee, 2005), a problem besetting vulnerable aging populations globally (Patterson and Ploeg, 2007).
January 16, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
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