Neuropsychiatric Outcomes in UK Military Veterans With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Vestibular Dysfunction
Conclusion: Vestibular dysfunction is common after combined blunt and blast mTBI and singularly predictive of poor long-term mental health. From a treatment perspective, vestibular rehabilitation may provide relief from postconcussive symptoms other than dizziness and imbalance.
Atypical chest pain is of diverse origin. Typically, we initially consider cardiac etiology. When pain appears non-cardiac, there is a tendency to underestimate the illness, especially if the patient has neuropsychiatric illness. Our resident with dementia and anxiety disorder had chest pain; the diagnosis was unexpected.
West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is the most common mosquito-borne illness in the United States. Most cases are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. Older adults are more likely to have central nervous system (CNS) involvement, and a higher risk for mortality.
The symptom of dizziness reflects a variety of sensations related to disturbances of the individual's sense of equilibrium, which have variously been described or subclassified by terms such as vertigo, presyncope, disequilibrium, wooziness, imbalance, falling sensation, spinning, and disorientation.1 In its various forms, dizziness is one of the most common symptoms in older persons, increasing in prevalence as age advances.2 –4 This increasing prevalence with age reflects the fact that a variety of body systems interact to support one's sense of equilibrium, and that with age the breakdown of multiple systems is co...
Pneumonia is the most common cause of hospitalization for nursing home residents. When deciding whether to treat a resident in the nursing home or transfer to a hospital, it is important to consider risks of hospitalization, including significant functional decline. Little is known about the functional status outcomes of nursing home residents hospitalized for pneumonia.
Up to 38% of individuals with advanced dementia experience clinical depression. Although studies demonstrate lower rates of clinical depression as dementia advances, this may be attributed to the difficulty of assessment at this stage. Clinical interviews are thorough in assessing depression, though they are time- and resource-contingent. As such, healthcare providers often turn to screening tools or scales. However, conventional tools for assessing depression have problems with validity in this population.
There has been a growing emphasis towards emotional well-being in the care of older adults. This is especially important with regards to residents in a nursing home, where they can often feel marginalized or depressed. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of pet-therapy in improving the mood and well-being in this subset of the population.
Nursing home (NH) residents are at increased risk for malnutrition compared to community-dwelling older adults. Poor nutrition is associated with depression, functional decline, and higher 1-year mortality. Communal dining environments create a social dining atmosphere that increases the amount of food being consumed.
Parkinson ’s disease (PD) is a multifaceted condition that impacts a wide range of functions, including speech. The effect of loss of communication ability creates a cascade of effects which includes decreased participation in social events, social isolation, and potentially depression. If improvements in v oice occur, the cascade can be diverted. A physiological basis, as well as research evidence, supports use of singing to improve voice of those with PD. The implementation of a choir for those with PD has the potential to provide a socially engaging intervention, which is cost effective.
Post-traumatic hydrocephalus (PTH) or secondary normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) are common complications that follow traumatic brain injury (TBI). PTH clinical features are similar to NPH and can be characterized by a triad of gait apraxia, cognitive deficits, and urinary incontinence. Symptoms may progress to psychomotor slowing, dementia, and the need for institutionalized care. Additionally, patients with TBI often experience a loss of impulse control, aggressive behaviors, and personality changes.
Chronic pain is among the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults had chronic pain in 2016 and it is estimated to cost over $500 billion annually in direct medical costs and disability. It is a prevalent problem among residents in the nursing home. Non-pharmacologic therapies are the most preferred treatment for chronic pain as pharmacological therapies, such as opioids, have proven to be less effective and associated with numerous side effects among older adults.