Geriatrics

New Study of Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

Call for guidelines for the use of antipsychotic drugs by people with dementia in nursing homes. New study suggests regular scrutiny of prescriptions and targeted education for physicians and nurses. [more…]

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Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Aging

The Institute of Medicine has recently released a report entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. This special report addresses “the emerging concept of cognitive aging, the importance of this issue for the nation’s public health, and actions the nation needs to take to better understand and maintain the cognitive health of […]

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Many Dementia Patients Never Screened

A study by researchers from the University of Michigan found that despite clear signs that their memory and cognitive abilities have diminished, more than half of seniors with these symptoms have not seen a doctor about them. The study, published in Neurology, documents a clear lack of clinical testing for seniors with signs of cognitive […]

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Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Mid-life and Older Adulthood Greater than Previous Reported

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry evaluated retrospective and cross-sectional surveys of reported statistics of mental health disorders and compared those results with reports of physical disorders. Interviews of 1071 adults who participated in the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Survey which included a series of interviews that spanned a period of 24 years, revealed […]

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First global ‘index’ to measure wellbeing of older people

An international group of experts have developed the Global AgeWatch Index to help highlight the varying quality of life and wellbeing that older people experience in countries around the world. [More…]

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By R Kennedy | Geriatrics . News
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