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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539135/association-between-advanced-glycation-end-products-and-functional-performance-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mixed-dementia
#1
Hans Drenth, Sytse U Zuidema, Wim P Krijnen, Ivan Bautmans, Cees van der Schans, Hans Hobbelen
BACKGROUND: People with Alzheimer's disease (AD) experience, in addition to the progressive loss of cognitive functions, a decline in functional performance such as mobility impairment and disability in activities of daily living (ADL). Functional decline in dementia is mainly linked to the progressive brain pathology. Peripheral biomechanical changes by advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) have been suggested but have yet to be thoroughly studied. METHODS: A multi-center, longitudinal, one-year follow-up cohort study was conducted in 144 people with early stage AD or mixed Alzheimer's/Vascular dementia...
May 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539133/gender-differences-in-the-trajectories-and-the-risk-factors-of-depressive-symptoms-in-later-life
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Jiae Lee, Soong-Nang Jang, Sung-Il Cho
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated changes in the trajectories of depressive symptoms in the elderly and attempted to identify risk factors that influence these changes according to gender. METHODS: All data were obtained from a subsample of subjects who participated in the Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing between 2006 and 2012; 3,667 individuals (1,566 men and 2,101 women) aged 60 years and older were included in the present study. A group-based trajectory model was employed to determine the appropriate number of groups and to observe changes in depressive symptoms according to research year...
May 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539131/longitudinal-associations-of-hopelessness-and-loneliness-in-older-adults-results-from-the-us-health-and-retirement-study
#3
Amber M Gum, Sharon Shiovitz-Ezra, Liat Ayalon
BACKGROUND: Hopelessness and loneliness are potent risk factors for poor mental and physical health in later life, although the nature of their relationships with each other over time is not clear. The aim of the current study was to examine relationships between hopelessness and loneliness over an eight-year study period. METHODS: Three waves of data from the US Health and Retirement Study (2006, 2010, 2014) were used to test a cross-lagged model of hopelessness and loneliness (N = 7,831), which allows for the simultaneous evaluation of the reciprocal associations of loneliness and hopelessness...
May 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539130/the-relation-of-education-occupation-and-cognitive-activity-to-cognitive-status-in-old-age-the-role-of-physical-frailty
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Andreas Ihle, Élvio R Gouveia, Bruna R Gouveia, Duarte L Freitas, Jefferson Jurema, Angenay P Odim, Matthias Kliegel
BACKGROUND: It remains unclear so far whether the role of cognitive reserve may differ between physically frail compared to less frail individuals. Therefore, the present study set out to investigate the relation of key markers of cognitive reserve to cognitive status in old age and its interplay with physical frailty in a large sample of older adults. METHODS: We assessed Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in 701 older adults. We measured grip strength as indicator of physical frailty and interviewed individuals on their education, past occupation, and cognitive leisure activity...
May 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528599/eeg-beta-2-power-as-surrogate-marker-for-memory-impairment-a-pilot-study
#5
Andreas K Kaiser, Michael Doppelmayr, Bernhard Iglseder
BACKGROUND: Memory deficits are dominant in dementia and are positively correlated with electroencephalographic (EEG) beta power. EEG beta power can predict the progression of Alzheimer´s (AD) as early as at the stage of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and could possibly be used as surrogate marker for memory impairment. The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between frontal and parietal EEG beta power and memory-test outcome. Frontal and parietal beta power is analyzed for a resting state and an eyes-closed backward counting condition and related to memory impairment parameters...
May 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528594/with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-racial-and-gender-differences-in-the-role-of-social-support-in-later-life-depression-medication-adherence
#6
Lauren B Gerlach, Janet Kavanagh, Daphne Watkins, Claire Chiang, Hyungjin M Kim, Helen C Kales
BACKGROUND: Social support has been shown to be an important factor in improving depression symptom outcomes, yet less is known regarding its impact on antidepressant medication adherence. This study sought to evaluate the role of perceived social support on adherence to new antidepressant medication prescriptions in later-life depression. METHODS: Data from two prospective observational studies of participants ≥60 years old, diagnosed with depression, and recently prescribed a new antidepressant (N = 452)...
May 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516827/bold-activation-of-the-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-in-patients-with-late-life-depression-and-comparison-participants
#7
Akshya Vasudev, Michael J Firbank, Joseph S Gati, Emily Ionson, Alan J Thomas
The ventromedial prefrontal cortex's (vMPFC) role in regulating emotions in late life depression (LLD) remains unclarified. We assessed vMPFC activation in an emotional valence blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic neuroimaging (fMRI) task and related the findings to extent of white matter hyperintensities (WMH). Sixteen participants with mild to moderate LLD were compared to 14 similar aged comparison participants. Participants in the scanner viewed words matched for length and arousal, indicated the perceived valence by pressing one of the three buttons i...
May 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511740/the-association-between-cognitive-decline-and-incident-depressive-symptoms-in-a-sample-of-older-puerto-rican-adults-with-diabetes
#8
Tyler Bell, Ana Luisa Dávila, Olivio Clay, Kyriakos S Markides, Ross Andel, Michael Crowe
BACKGROUND: Older Puerto Rican adults have particularly high risk of diabetes compared to the general US population. Diabetes is associated with both higher depressive symptoms and cognitive decline, but less is known about the longitudinal relationship between cognitive decline and incident depressive symptoms in those with diabetes. This study investigated the association between cognitive decline and incident depressive symptoms in older Puerto Rican adults with diabetes over a four-year period...
May 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511738/positive-psychology-outcome-measures-for-family-caregivers-of-people-living-with-dementia-a-systematic-review
#9
Jacki Stansfeld, Charlotte R Stoner, Jennifer Wenborn, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Esme Moniz-Cook, Martin Orrell
BACKGROUND: Family caregivers of people living with dementia can have both positive and negative experiences of caregiving. Despite this, existing outcome measures predominately focus on negative aspects of caregiving such as burden and depression. This review aimed to evaluate the development and psychometric properties of existing positive psychology measures for family caregivers of people living with dementia to determine their potential utility in research and practice. METHOD: A systematic review of positive psychology outcome measures for family caregivers of people with dementia was conducted...
May 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511737/suicide-in-older-adults-differences-between-the-young-old-middle-old-and-oldest-old
#10
Yu Wen Koo, Kairi Kõlves, Diego De Leo
BACKGROUND: In the limited research into suicides in older adults, they have been treated as a homogenous group without distinguishing between different age groups. This study aimed to compare differences in sociodemographic variables, recent life events, and mental and physical illnesses between three age groups within older adults who died by suicide: young-old (65-74 years), middle-old (75-84 years), and oldest old (85 years and over) in Queensland, Australia, during the years 2000-2012 (N = 978)...
May 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511735/addenbrooke-s-cognitive-examination-revised-normative-and-accuracy-data-for-seniors-with-heterogeneous-educational-level-in-brazil
#11
Karolina G César, Mônica S Yassuda, Fabio H G Porto, Sonia M D Brucki, Ricardo Nitrini
BACKGROUND: Several cognitive tools have been developed aiming to diagnose dementia. The cognitive battery Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination - Revised (ACE-R) has been used to detect cognitive impairment; however, there are few studies including samples with low education. The aim of the study was to provide ACE-R norms for seniors within a lower education, including illiterates. An additional aim was to examine the accuracy of the ACE-R to detect dementia and cognitive impairment no dementia (CIND)...
May 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473006/aquatic-exercise-for-residential-aged-care-adults-with-dementia-benefits-and-barriers-to-participation
#12
Timothy Henwood, Christine Neville, Chantelle Baguley, Elizabeth Beattie
BACKGROUND: Pilot work by our group has demonstrated that aquatic exercise has valuable functional and psychosocial benefits for adults living in the residential aged care setting with dementia. The aim of the currents study was to advance this work by delivering the Watermemories Swimming Club aquatic exercise program to a more representative population of older, institutionalized adults with dementia. METHODS: The benefits of 12 weeks of twice weekly participation in the Watermemories Swimming Club aquatic exercise program were assessed among an exercise and usual care control group of residential aged care adults with advanced dementia...
May 5, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473003/wisdom-across-the-ages-and-its-modern-day-relevance
#13
Leander K Mitchell, Bob G Knight, Nancy A Pachana
Wisdom is derived (in modern language terms) from the Old English words wis ("of a certainty, for certain"; "Wisdom," 2015) and dóm ("statute, judgment, jurisdiction"; "Wisdom," 2015); wisdom is, at its broadest, defined as the "Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgement in the choice of means and ends; sometimes less strictly, sound sense, esp. in practical affairs" ("Wisdom," 2015). As a concept, wisdom has been acknowledged within our history since the time of the Sumerians (and estimated to have originated in around 2,500 BCE)...
May 5, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473002/surrogate-prediction-of-quality-of-life-and-desire-for-treatment-a-guess-of-a-guess
#14
Scott Snyder, Halima Amjad
In conditions, such as dementia, stroke, or critical illness, clinicians often rely on substituted judgment through a surrogate to assist in medical decision making. Surrogates may face tough decisions regarding whether to pursue or forego surgery, tube feeding, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Surrogates often have little confidence in their decision (Majesko et al., 2012), though substituted judgment relies on the surrogate to determine the decision that the patient would have made. Prior studies suggest that surrogates predict patient preferences with only 68% accuracy (Shalowitz et al...
May 5, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462774/emotional-intelligence-in-older-adults-psychometric-properties-of-the-tmms-24-and-relationship-with-psychological-well-being-and-life-satisfaction
#15
I Delhom, M Gutierrez, B Lucas-Molina, J C Meléndez
BACKGROUND: Aging is a process during which important changes occur in different areas of development and emotional intelligence plays an essential role. The objective of this study was twofold: first, to validate the TMMS-24 in an older population; and second, to examine the mediating role of life satisfaction in the relationship between emotional intelligence and psychological well-being. METHODS: The sample consisted of 215 older adults (60.15% women) with a mean age of 69...
May 2, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462764/the-lived-neighborhood-understanding-how-people-with-dementia-engage-with-their-local-environment
#16
Richard Ward, Andrew Clark, Sarah Campbell, Barbara Graham, Agneta Kullberg, Kainde Manji, Kirstein Rummery, John Keady
BACKGROUND: In this paper, we report progress on "Neighborhoods: our people, our places" an international study about how people living with dementia interact with their neighborhoods. The ideas of social health and citizenship are drawn upon to contextualize the data and make a case for recognizing and understanding the strengths and agency of people with dementia. In particular, we address the lived experience of the environment as a route to better understanding the capabilities, capacities, and competencies of people living with dementia...
May 2, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462742/suicide-and-assisted-dying-in-dementia-what-we-know-and-what-we-need-to-know-a-narrative-literature-review
#17
J Diehl-Schmid, R Jox, S Gauthier, S Belleville, E Racine, C Schüle, G Turecki, S Richard-Devantoy
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based data on prevalence and risk factors of suicidal intentions and behavior in dementia are as scarce as the data on assisted dying. The present literature review aimed on summarizing the current knowledge and provides a critical discussion of the results. METHODS: A systematic narrative literature review was performed using Medline, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, PSYNDEX, PSYCINFO, Sowiport, and Social Sciences Citation Index literature. RESULTS: Dementia as a whole does not appear to be a risk factor for suicide completion...
May 2, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446258/touchscreen-interventions-and-the-well-being-of-people-with-dementia-and-caregivers-a-systematic-review
#18
Charlie Tyack, Paul M Camic
BACKGROUND: Dementia can have significant detrimental impacts on the well-being of those with the disease and their carers. A range of computer-based interventions, including touchscreen-based interventions have been researched for use with this population in the hope that they might improve psychological well-being. This article reviews touchscreen-based interventions designed to be used by people with dementia (PWD), with a specific focus in assessing their impact on well-being. METHOD: The data bases, PsycInfo, ASSIA, Medline, CINAHL, and Cochrane Reviews were searched for touchscreen-based interventions designed to be used by PWD with reported psychological well-being outcomes...
April 27, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436344/inattention-tests-for-delirium
#19
Paul Regal
Voyer and colleagues (2016) report an interesting and important comparison of ten attention/concentration tests for DSM-5 delirium. I have a number of questions and comments as follows: (1) What training did the research assistants have? DSM-5 diagnosis is generally regarded as a decision by medical specialists. When the person has prior dementia, identifying delirium is a high-level medical skill. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia can closely mimic delirium unless the examiner focuses on behavioral triggers and the speed of cognitive decline...
April 24, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436339/cognitive-sequelae-of-lithium-intoxication-a-case-report
#20
Stefan Frisch, Frank Grünwald, Benedikt Friedrichs
Lithium intoxication is known to induce cognitive deficits along with motor and behavioral changes, even in association with normal serum levels. However, cases with comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of the deficits are rare. In our patient, we initially found severe cognitive deficits, including apraxia and visuo-constructive problems, and temporo-parietal FDG-PET hypometabolism. Neuropsychological and imaging findings were highly suggestive of Alzheimer's disease. However, lithium intoxication was suspected to account for these findings because of a Parkinson's syndrome, despite serum levels being in the upper therapeutic range...
April 24, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
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