Anxiety complicates life for dementia patients — and their caregivers
About 80 percent of people with the mental disorder experience angst and agitation. My mom is one of them.
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Conclusions. Animal companionship can benefit the mental and physical health of older adults, although more and better controlled research on this topic is required. Clinical Implications. Use of companion animals has the potential to be an effective treatment or adjunct therapy to improve the health status and quality of life of older individuals. PMID: 31423915 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are prevalent in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia and are associated with accelerated clinical disease progression.1 Such symptoms also occur in cognitively unimpaired older adults, in whom they may be harbingers of cognitive decline.2 Indeed, growing evidence suggests that depression, anxiety, and other late-life NPS may be risk factors or indicators for faster progression from cognitively normal status to MCI and dementia.1-3
Conclusion: The Epley maneuver results in little anxiety and discomfort both in young and in elderly patients. Most patients show willingness for potential retreatment in case symptoms recur.
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Conclusion: Interventions directed at the promotion of the QoL of patients with mild AD should focus on the promotion of mindfulness skills in AD patients, in addition to the reduction of psychological morbidity and the promotion of functionality, awareness of the disease, family relationships and social support. PMID: 31411042 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Purpose of review Physicians treating patients with Parkinson disease must evaluate not only motor symptoms but also acquire expertise in assessing the complex behavioral features that often accompany the disease, such as dementia, apathy, anxiety, and depression. Recent findings There is a risk of diagnostic confusion and error because many of the behavioral and motor symptoms accentuate, overlap, or mimic each other. Summary Awareness of potential diagnostic pitfalls and "pseudo-syndromes" should lead to more accurate clinical assessment and better care for our patients.
In this study, we analyzed the role of IL-6 trans-signaling in two mouse models of AD, Tg2576 and 3xTg-AD mice. The inhibition of IL-6 trans-signaling partially rescued the AD-induced mortality in females of both models. Before amyloid plaques deposition, it reversed AD-induced changes in exploration and anxiety (but did not affect locomotion) in Tg2576 female mice. However, after plaque deposition the only behavioral trait affected by the inhibition of IL-6 trans-signaling was locomotion. Results in the Morris water maze suggest that cognitive flexibility was reduced by the blocking of the IL-6 trans-signaling in young an...
Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are now recognized as a major component of neurocognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). NPS in dementia, also referred to as behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), can take various forms, including: psychotic symptoms, mood disturbances (e.g., depressive symptoms and anxiety), and socially inappropriate behaviours.1,2 NPS are highly prevalent in the course of these disorders, with a large cross-sectional study reporting up to 80% of individuals exhibiting a clinically significant neuropsychiatric manifestation after onset of...
Gradual memory loss, cognitive decline, wandering off to unknown places, being unable to dress in the morning: to live with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease might be a heart-wrenching burden for both patients and their loved ones. As the global population ages, and the number of individuals suffering from these conditions rises, digital technologies must step forward and offer some solutions for early detection and disease management. That’s what we examined in detail here, so let’s see the intersections of digital health and Alzheimer’s disease. Have you seen Aurora Borealis? Your mind can pl...