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Caregiver burden parkinson's dementia

Benjamin K Dawson, Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Julius B M Anang, Takashi Nomura, Silvia Rios-Romenets, Kenji Nakashima, Jean-François Gagnon, Ronald B Postuma
Importance: Parkinson disease dementia dramatically increases mortality rates, patient expenditures, hospitalization risk, and caregiver burden. Currently, predicting Parkinson disease dementia risk is difficult, particularly in an office-based setting, without extensive biomarker testing. Objective: To appraise the predictive validity of the Montreal Parkinson Risk of Dementia Scale, an office-based screening tool consisting of 8 items that are simply assessed...
March 26, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Miho Murata, Toshinari Odawara, Kazuko Hasegawa, Sayaka Iiyama, Masatoshi Nakamura, Masaaki Tagawa, Kenji Kosaka
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of zonisamide as an adjunct to levodopa therapy for parkinsonism in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: This phase 2, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind study consisted of run-in (placebo, 4 weeks) and treatment (placebo or zonisamide 25 or 50 mg once daily, 12 weeks) periods. Outpatients diagnosed with probable DLB were eligible for inclusion. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) part 3 total score at week 12...
February 20, 2018: Neurology
N V Titova
Memantine is the first clinically available glutamate antagonist, with an antagonist action at the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors in the brain, for correction of cognitive and behavioral functions in neurodegenerative disorders. Glutamate mediated excitotoxic neuronal damage has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other parkinsonism-related dementias and, therefore, memantine represents a novel mode of action to counteract the glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity. In moderate to severe AD, 20 mg of memantine shows a positive effect on cognition, mood, behavior and the ability to perform activities of daily living...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Maisha T Robinson, Robert G Holloway
Palliative medicine is a specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with serious or advanced medical conditions, and it is appropriate at any stage of disease, including at the time of diagnosis. Neurologic conditions tend to have high symptom burdens, variable disease courses, and poor prognoses that affect not only patients but also their families and caregivers. Patients with a variety of neurologic conditions such as Parkinson disease, dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain tumors, stroke, and acute neurologic illnesses have substantial unmet needs that can be addressed through a combination of primary and specialty palliative care...
October 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
The term palliative care (PC) is defined as a collection of interventions and strategies that helps to improve and sustain the quality of life of patients and caregivers in situations and scenarios associated with life-threatening illness. This is usually implemented by means of early identification and treatment of relevant motor and nonmotor issues such as pain, sleep, and autonomic dysfunction, dementia, and depression. In addition, a holistic PC program also includes delivery of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
Doral Fredericks, James C Norton, Carolyn Atchison, Robert Schoenhaus, Michael W Pill
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with a decrease in the neurotransmitter dopamine and characterized by the cardinal motor hallmarks of resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia/akinesia, and postural instability. Lesser-known features of PD revolve around nonmotor concerns including psychosis, dementia, sleep disturbances, autonomic dysfunction, and sensory abnormalities. Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) contributes significantly to morbidity, mortality, nursing home placement, and quality of life (QOL)...
April 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Ann J Jones, Roeline G Kuijer, Leslie Livingston, Daniel Myall, Kyla Horne, Michael MacAskill, Toni Pitcher, Paul T Barrett, Tim J Anderson, John C Dalrymple-Alford
BACKGROUND: There is limited evidence on caregiver outcomes associated with mild cognitive impairment in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD-MCI) and the coping strategies used by these caregivers. METHODS: To investigate this relationship, we examined levels of burden, depression, anxiety, coping strategies and positive aspects of caregiving in the informal caregivers of 96 PD patients. The PD patients were classified using MDS-Task Force Level II criteria as showing either normal cognition (PD-N; n = 51), PD-MCI (n = 30) or with dementia (PDD; n = 15)...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
Christopher G Tarolli, Amy M Chesire, Kevin M Biglan
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease is a fatal, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder manifest by the triad of a movement disorder, behavioral disturbances, and dementia. At present, no curative or disease modifying therapies exist for the condition and current treatments are symptomatic. Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on symptom relief, patient and caregiver support, and end of life care. There is increasing evidence of the benefit of palliative care throughout the course of neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Rita Moretti, Paola Caruso, Matteo Dal Ben
Over 90% of PDD patients show at least one neuropsychiatric symptom (NPS); in the 60-70% two or more NPS are present. Their incidence is important in terms of prognosis and severity of pathology. However, among all NPS, apathy is often the most disturbing, associated with greater caregiver's burden. Similar to other NPS, apathy may be due to a dysfunction of the nigrostriatal pathway, even though, not all the PD patients become apathetic, indicating that apathy should not entirely be considered a dopamine-dependent syndrome, and in fact it might also be related to acetylcholine defects...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
R A Lawson, A J Yarnall, F Johnston, G W Duncan, T K Khoo, D Collerton, J P Taylor, D J Burn
BACKGROUND: The quality of life (QoL) of informal caregivers of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) (PwP) can be affected by the caring role. Because of cognitive symptoms and diminished activities of daily living, in addition to the management of motor symptoms, carers of PwP and cognitive impairment may experience increased levels of burden and poorer QoL compared with carers of PwP without cognitive impairment. This study aimed to investigate the impact of cognitive impairment in PD upon QoL of carers...
December 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Sheung-Tak Cheng, Helene H Fung, Wai Chi Chan, Linda C W Lam
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of a benefit-finding intervention, the key feature being the use of gain-focused reappraisal strategies to find positive meanings and benefits in caring for someone with dementia. METHODS: In a cluster-randomized, double-blind, controlled trial conducted in social centers and clinics, 129 caregivers aged 18 + and without cognitive impairment, providing at least 14 care hours per week to a relative with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer disease, and scoring ≥ 3 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were studied...
September 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Pai-Yi Chiu, Chun-Tang Tsai, Ping-Kun Chen, Whe-Jen Chen, Te-Jen Lai
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous studies on the clinical and pathological manifestations of Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) have reported findings more similar to dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) than to Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuropsychiatric symptoms of PDD compared to DLB and AD. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case-control study on 125 newly diagnosed consecutive PDD patients and age- and dementia stage-matched controls with either DLB (N = 250) or AD (N = 500) who visited the same hospital over the same period...
2016: PloS One
Samantha K Holden, Wallace E Jones, Keith A Baker, Isabel M Boersma, Benzi M Kluger
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Parkinson's disease (PD), which severely affects patient functioning and quality of life and increases the risk for nursing home admission. Unfortunately, current treatment options for PDD are limited and have only marginal therapeutic effects. As novel treatments are developed, there will be a need to assess their efficacy in well-designed randomized controlled trials. However, there is no consensus on the optimal outcome measures for use in PDD clinical trials...
January 2016: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
Diego Santos-García, Pablo Mir, Esther Cubo, Lydia Vela, Mari Cruz Rodríguez-Oroz, Maria José Martí, José Matías Arbelo, Jon Infante, Jaime Kulisevsky, Pablo Martínez-Martín
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder causing motor and non-motor symptoms that can affect independence, social adjustment and the quality of life (QoL) of both patients and caregivers. Studies designed to find diagnostic and/or progression biomarkers of PD are needed. We describe here the study protocol of COPPADIS-2015 (COhort of Patients with PArkinson's DIsease in Spain, 2015), an integral PD project based on four aspects/concepts: 1) PD as a global disease (motor and non-motor symptoms); 2) QoL and caregiver issues; 3) Biomarkers; 4) Disease progression...
2016: BMC Neurology
Josie-Anne Bertrand, Anthony R McIntosh, Ronald B Postuma, Natasha Kovacevic, Véronique Latreille, Michel Panisset, Sylvain Chouinard, Jean-François Gagnon
Dementia affects a high proportion of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and poses a burden on caregivers and healthcare services. Electroencephalography (EEG) is a common nonevasive and nonexpensive technique that can easily be used in clinical settings to identify brain functional abnormalities. Only few studies had identified EEG abnormalities that can predict PD patients at higher risk for dementia. Brain connectivity EEG measures, such as multiscale entropy (MSE) and phase-locking value (PLV) analyses, may be more informative and sensitive to brain alterations leading to dementia than previously used methods...
April 2016: Brain Connectivity
Jan Domaradzki
Caring for a person with chronic disease often rests on the patient's family. Nevertheless, most studies on the needs, quality of life and caregiver burden focus on different types of dementia, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, stroke, cancer or mental illnesses. Less attention has been paid to informal caregivers of patients with Huntington's disease (HD). Meanwhile, psychosocial implications of HD are much more serious and wide-ranging. Thus, this paper aims to review the literature on the costs of caring for a person with HD (pHD)...
2015: Psychiatria Polska
Jaya Sanyal, Soumi Das, Epsita Ghosh, T K Banerjee, L V K S Bhaskar, Vadlamudi Raghavendra Rao
Aim was to analyze predictors of burden among primary caregivers (CGs) of Indian Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. 150 PD patients were administered using Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), Hoehn and Yahr Scale (H&Y), Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Score (MADRS) and Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) in this cross-sectional evaluation study. CG burden was assessed by Caregiver's Burden Scale (CBS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), SF-36 and 20-item Burden Assessment Schedule (BAS)...
November 15, 2015: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Fabricio F Oliveira, Fernando C Machado, Gustavo Sampaio, Sheilla M C Marin, Elizabeth S Chen, Marilia C Smith, Paulo H F Bertolucci
INTRODUCTION: Neuropsychiatric and epidemiological patterns may compensate for insufficient specificity of diagnostic criteria of Lewy body dementia (LBD) syndromes in differential analysis with Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia. We aimed to compare and distinguish demographic and neuropsychiatric features between LBD and APOE-ε3/ε3 late-onset AD. METHODS: A total of 39 consecutive patients with Parkinson disease dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies were matched with 39 APOE-ε3/ε3 patients with late-onset AD according to sex and Mini-Mental State Examination scores, and evaluated for education, age at disease onset, lifetime sanitary conditions, anthropometric measures, alcohol use, smoking, history of head trauma or bacterial infections, family history of neurodegenerative diseases, caregiver burden, functional independence, cognitive decline, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and pharmacological treatment...
August 2015: Neurologist
E Oikonomou, Th Paparrigopoulos
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease affecting 1-2% of the population over 60. Although diagnosed by its characteristic motor manifestations, PD may be preceded, and is frequently accompanied, by a wide range of psychiatric and cognitive symptoms. These symptoms are often more debilitating than its motor complications and it is nowadays appreciated that they can be an important cause of excess disability in PD, frequently necessitating hospitalization and institutionalization...
April 2015: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
Songul Senadim, Murat Cabalar, Habip Gedik, Ali Bayram Kasim, Anıl Bulut, Vildan Yayla, Zeynep Erdogdu
In this study, we aimed to compare patients' characteristics, comorbid risk factors, medical supplies, and caregivers' demographics between stroke patients and patients with other chronic neurological diseases receiving home health services. In our study, between November 2013 and March 2014, chronic neurological disease (CND) patients having home health services were enrolled in the study. During patient visits, patients were assessed by the questionnaire comprising the modified Rankin scale (mRS), Barthel index, Zarit caregiver burden scale, and mini nutritional assessment (MNA)...
March 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
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