Older people who have limited social resources are more likely to suffer from mental illness. Researcher Anna Forsman at the Nordic School of Public Health NHV examined how mental health can be promoted and mental health problems be prevented among older adults by using psychosocial initiatives. Forsman believed that this group at risk for mental […]
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Loneliness in individuals over 60 years of age appears associated with increased risk of functional decline and death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. In older persons, loneliness can be a common source of distress and impaired quality life, according to the study background.
Older patients are increasingly prescribed multiple drugs that, when combined, can lead to negative side effects and poor health outcomes. A new Cochrane Library evidence review reveals that little is known about the best ways to avoid inappropriate prescribing of medications for seniors or how to maximize health benefits while minimizing prescriptions.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the elderly, but little is known about the underlying biology of its development in older adults. In a small study published in the November issue of the peer-reviewed journal Archives of General Psychiatry, UCLA researchers used a unique brain scan to assess the levels of […]
Consuming dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others, appears to be associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a report in the October 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of the journal’s Less Is More series.
More needs to be done to improve the care that older adults with cognitive impairment – including dementia and delirium – receive when they visit hospital emergency departments, according to a research review in the July issue of theJournal of Advanced Nursing. Researchers from the University of Alberta reviewed 15 studies published between 1994 and […]
New research provides the best evidence to date that the late-day anxiety and agitation sometimes seen in older institutionalized adults, especially those with dementia, has a biological basis in the brain. The findings could help explain “sundowning” – a syndrome in which older adults show high levels of anxiety, agitation, general activity, and delirium in […]
A new study suggests that consuming olive oil may help prevent a stroke in older people. The research is published in the June 15, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our research suggests that a new set of dietary recommendations should be issued to prevent stroke in people […]