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Geriatric mental health

Sergio A Strejilevich, Florencia Vallejos, Julian Bustin
In low- and middle-income countries, there is an increase in the percentage of aging population similar to or greater than that of high-income countries (World Population Ageing 1950-2050, UN, 2001). The emerging health and economical challenges due to these demographic changes will have to be addressed by their health systems. In this context, an adequate training of available human resources in geriatric psychiatry/psychogeriatrics (GP/PG) should be an essential step to meet those challenges.
March 21, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Han-Yun Tseng, Shu-Han Yu, Chun-Yi Lee, Wen-Hao Huang, Seng-Loong Huang, Chi-Shin Wu, Yen-Feng Chiu, Chao A Hsiung
BACKGROUND: Sedative-hypnotic medication use has been related to severe adverse events and risks. This study investigated the prevalence of and characteristics associated with the use of sedatives and hypnotics among community-dwelling elderly persons aged 65 years and over in Taiwan. METHODS: A representative sample of community-dwelling adults was recruited. Clinical and sociodemographic data were collected for assessing physical, mental, and cognitive functioning and disorders...
March 21, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Nicholas A Kolaitis, Allison Soong, Pavan Shrestha, Hanjing Zhuo, John Neuhaus, Patti P Katz, John R Greenland, Jeffrey Golden, Lorriana E Leard, Rupal J Shah, Steven R Hays, Jasleen Kukreja, Mary Ellen Kleinhenz, Paul D Blanc, Jonathan P Singer
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly used as a bridge to lung transplantation. The impact of preoperative ECMO on health-related quality of life (HRQL) and depressive symptoms after lung transplantation remains unknown, however. METHODS: In a single-center prospective cohort study, we assessed HRQL and depressive symptoms before and at 3, 6, and 12 months after lung transplantation using the Short Form 12 Physical and Mental Component Scores (SF12-PCS and SF12-MCS), Airway Questionnaire 20-Revised (AQ20R), EuroQol 5D (EQ5D), and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Izabela Wróblewska, Iwona Zborowska, Anna Dąbek, Robert Susło, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Jarosław Drobnik
Background: The incidence of chronic diseases increases with age; about 73% of people who are aged ≥60 years suffer from at least 1 chronic disease, and among those older than 70 years, chronic diseases afflict more than >84% of the population. According to epidemiological data, at least 4 chronic disease types coexist in senior citizens, causing their disability. These are mainly cardiovascular diseases; motor system diseases; ophthalmological, auditory, neurological, and mental diseases; and mental impairment...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Sławomir Tobis, Krystyna Jaracz, Dorota Talarska, Sylwia Kropińska, Ewa Zasadzka, Mariola Pawlaczyk, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis, Ian Philp, Aleksandra Suwalska
EASYCare Standard 2010 is a brief instrument identifying concerns in health, functional independence, and well-being, from older persons' perspective. It has not previously been validated for self-assessment. Our aim was to determine whether self-assessment (EC1) can give comparable results to an evaluation performed by professionals (EC2), for older people living at home. The study included community-dwelling individuals (aged at least 60 years, n  = 100; 67 females) without dementia (abbreviated mental test score [AMTS] above 6)...
March 2018: European Journal of Ageing
Manabu Akahane, Akie Maeyashiki, Yasuhito Tanaka, Tomoaki Imamura
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the impact of musculoskeletal diseases, depressive mental state, and hypertension on locomotive syndrome, a condition of reduced mobility requiring nursing care. Since locomotive syndrome is a major public health issue that needs attention, its relationship with functional inconvenience in performing daily activities was also investigated. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using an Internet panel survey, comprising 747 persons aged 30-90 years...
March 12, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Ki Jung Chang, Chang Hyung Hong, Hyun Woong Roh, Kang Soo Lee, Eun Hee Lee, Jinju Kim, Hyun Kook Lim, Sang Joon Son
Objective: The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of usual care management (UCM) and a newly-developed lifestyle modification with contingency management (LMCM) for geriatric depressive symptoms in the community. Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 93 older adults with major depressive disorder at community mental health centers. A 12 week multi-domain LMCM was developed by providing positive reinforcement using 'gold medal stickers' as a symbolic incentive to motivate their participation and adherence...
February 22, 2018: Psychiatry Investigation
Olga N Tkacheva, Nadezda K Runikhina, Valentina S Ostapenko, Natalia V Sharashkina, Elen A Mkhitaryan, Julia S Onuchina, Sergei N Lysenkov, Nikolai N Yakhno, Yan Press
Background: Geriatric syndromes (GSs) are common in older adults and have a significant effect on their quality of life, disability, and use of health care resources. Few studies have assessed the prevalence of GSs in Russia. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GSs among older adults living in the community in Moscow. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in four community clinics in Moscow. A total of 1,220 patients completed a screening questionnaire, and 356 of them also underwent a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Jean D Miles, William H Staples, Daniel J Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Home care physical therapists (PTs) are inconsistent regarding cognitive screening, possibly because screening tools were traditionally considered the domain of other home care disciplines, or because therapists perceive their dementia training to be inadequate. A cross sectional study was designed to survey home care therapists' attitudes and beliefs about the management of persons with dementia and to find out whether any specific cognitive tools or measures are currently used...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Kathryn G Kietzman, Danielle Dupuy, JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez, Alina Palimaru, Homero E del Pino, Janet C Frank
This policy brief summarizes findings from the first study to evaluate how California's public mental health delivery system has served older adults (60 years of age and over) since the passage of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in 2004. Study findings indicate that there are unmet needs among older adults with mental illness in the public mental health delivery system. There are deficits in the involvement of older adults in the required MHSA planning processes and in outreach and service delivery, workforce development, and outcomes measurement and reporting...
January 2018: Policy Brief
M Kurkcu, R I Meijer, S Lonterman, M Muller, M A E de van der Schueren
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a common clinical syndrome in older adults and is associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, e.g. falls, disability, hospitalization, and mortality. Nutritional status might be an important factor contributing to frailty. This study aims to describe the association between nutritional status and characteristics of frailty in patients attending a geriatric outpatient clinic. METHODS: Clinical data was collected of 475 patients who visited the geriatric outpatient department of a Dutch hospital between 2005 and 2010...
February 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
Hunter Singh Lau, Matthew M Hollander, Jeremy T Cushman, Eva H DuGoff, Courtney M C Jones, Amy J H Kind, Michael T Lohmeier, Eric A Coleman, Manish N Shah
OBJECTIVE: The Care Transitions Intervention (CTI) has potential to improve the emergency department (ED)-to-home transition for older adults. Community paramedics may function as the CTI coaches; however, this requires the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which they do not receive in traditional emergency medical services (EMS) education. This study aimed to define community paramedics' perceptions regarding their training needs to serve as CTI coaches supporting the ED-to-home transition...
February 12, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Abdulkareem J Yusuf, Olusegun Baiyewu, Adamu G Bakari, Sani B Garko, Mohammed E-B Jibril, Aishatu M Suleiman, Haruna M Muktar, Micheal A Amedu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between dementia and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in older adults is well established in the literature. However, there have been few studies on this relationship in older adults living in low- and middle-income countries, and most demographic projections predict that older adult population will increase substantially in these regions by 2050. METHODS: In this study, older adults with T2DM attending a tertiary health facility were examined and compared with community-dwelling older adults without T2DM...
February 8, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
Giuseppa Maresca, Maria C De Cola, Santina Caliri, Rosaria De Luca, Alfredo Manuli, Ileana Scarcella, Giuseppe Silvestri, Placido Bramanti, Michele Torrisi, Rocco S Calabrò, Alessia Bramanti
Introduction Elderly care is a worldwide social and economic challenge for the public health system, and it requires the development of new management strategies. Telemedicine provides an innovative approach towards elderly care, especially for those with chronic diseases. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the potential role of a multidisciplinary telemedicine approach for improving elderly quality of life. Methods Twenty-two participants received weekly vital parameter monitoring and nutritional counselling, biweekly psychological counselling and a monthly consultation with a neurologist...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Juan Shou, Zhaohui Du, Haitang Wang, Limin Ren, Yao Liu, Shanzhu Zhu
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the relationship between quality of life and the factors that may influence it in an elderly community-dwelling population in Shanghai. METHODS: From August to October 2014, elderly individuals were enrolled from three randomly selected communities in Shanghai. Participant information was collected from responses to a general questionnaire and to the Lubben Social Network Scale-6, Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for Geriatrics, Patient Health Questionnaire, and the 12-item Short Form Health Survey...
February 6, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
S-P Chan, P Z Yong, Y Sun, R Mahendran, J C M Wong, C Qiu, T-P Ng, E-H Kua, L Feng
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between long-term tea consumption and depressive and anxiety symptoms in community-living elderly. DESIGN: Community based cross-sectional study. SETTING: The Diet and Healthy Aging Study (DaHA), a prospective cohort study in Singapore. PARTICIPANTS: 614 elderly aged 60 years and above, who were free of dementia and cognitive impairment. MEASUREMENTS: Information on tea consumption was obtained through interviewer-administered questionnaire...
2018: Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
Dongdong Zhao, Caiyun Hu, Jian Chen, Bao Dong, Qiongqiong Ren, Dandan Yu, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jie Li, Yujun Huang, Yehuan Sun
BACKGROUND: The number of elderly individuals living in China is increasing rapidly. The aim of this study was to examine the potential risk factors of geriatric depression in rural areas. METHODS: A repeated cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2015 and October 2016 in rural China. Nine hundred forty-five elderly individuals were included in both investigations. A generalized estimating equation (GEE) was used to examine the relationships between geriatric depression and socio-demographics, the number of chronic diseases, ADL (Activity of Daily Living) disability, cognitive impairment, and anxiety...
January 30, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Yutaka Watanabe, Hidenori Arai, Hirohiko Hirano, Shiho Morishita, Yuki Ohara, Ayako Edahiro, Masaharu Murakami, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takeshi Kikutani, Takao Suzuki
AIM: To investigate the association between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and oral status, and to develop an oral-based screening index for MCI. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a total of 5104 community-dwelling adults (aged ≥65 years) from the Obu Study of Health Promotion for the Elderly. Screening for MCI included a standardized personal interview, Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatrics and Gerontology-Functional Assessment Tool (which included 8 tasks used to assess logical memory, word list memory, attention and executive function, processing speed, and visuospatial skill) and oral status...
January 30, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Kelsey T Laird, Pattharee Paholpak, Michael Roman, Berna Rahi, Helen Lavretsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A growing body of research supports the use of mind-body therapies (MBTs) as minimally invasive and effective approaches for the management of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses indicate that MBTs are effective for enhancing well-being, mood, sleep, and cognition in older adults. Evidence suggests that mindful movement (e.g., yoga, tai chi, walking meditation) may even outperform conventional physical exercise with regard to effects on quality of life, mood, and cognitive functioning...
January 25, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
Andrew Kingston, Louise Robinson, Heather Booth, Martin Knapp, Carol Jagger
Background: models projecting future disease burden have focussed on one or two diseases. Little is known on how risk factors of younger cohorts will play out in the future burden of multi-morbidity (two or more concurrent long-term conditions). Design: a dynamic microsimulation model, the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) model, simulates the characteristics (sociodemographic factors, health behaviours, chronic diseases and geriatric conditions) of individuals over the period 2014-2040...
January 23, 2018: Age and Ageing
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