Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Testing for Alzheimer ’s disease and other forms of dementia is hardly foolproof, and could even backfire.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Alzheimer ' s Disease Families and Family Life Memory Elderly Dementia Genetics and Heredity Anxiety and Stress Living Wills and Health Care Proxies Diet and Nutrition Depression (Mental) Frontotemporal Dementia Brain Nursing H Source Type: news

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ConclusionsNPS of dementia during COVID-19 appear to arise from social restrictions occurring as a consequence of the pandemic. Implementation of caregiver support and the presence of skilled nursing home staff are required to restore social interaction and adjust technological support to the patients’ needs.
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
BackgroundIn March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and several governments planned a national quarantine in order to control the virus spread. Acute psychological effects of quarantine in frail elderly subjects with special needs, such as patients with dementia, have been poorly investigated. The aim of this study was to assess modifications of neuropsychiatric symptoms during quarantine in patients with dementia and their caregivers.MethodsThis is a sub-study of a multicenter nation-wide survey. A structured telephone interview was delivered to family ...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The NPI is a useful tool to detect NPS in those with MCI-LB. The MCI-LB group had a higher prevalence of core features (visual hallucinations and RBD) and a higher LBNSSC than the MCI-AD group. These features could help to differentiate MCI-LB and MCI-AD. PMID: 32896168 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
Confirmatory factor analysis showed the goodness of fit of 5 clusters of BPSD ‐T included a psychomotor syndrome (aggression, irritability, delusions, insomnia), an affective syndrome (apathy, repeating, anxiety, depression), a psychosis syndrome (misidentification, hallucinations), a behavior syndrome (hoarding, rummaging, wandering), and a euphoria syndrome (euphoria). AbstractIntroductionThe early recognition and management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are important to inform treatment decisions. Current BPSD screening tools are time ‐consuming and require advanced skills, limiting...
Source: Brain and Behavior - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
Older individuals who are informed by health care professionals that they have elevated levels of the protein amyloid —a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease—do not appear to experience adverse short-term psychological responses compared with those who learn their amyloid levels are normal, according to areport inJAMA Neurology.“We found that trial participants who did not have cognitive impairment and received an elevated amyloid result were no more likely than those receiving a not elevated amyloid result to experience depression, anxiety, or catastrophic reactions in the short term,” w...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Alzheimer's disease amyloid anxiety depression JAMA Neurology suicidality Source Type: research
We examine the relationship between dementia and psychiatric disorder diagnoses among long-term care residents in nursing homes across the state of Rhode Island (RI), USA. Observational clinical study. Two hundred fifty-five residents with and without the diagnosis of dementia were included in this study. Prevalence analysis was used to elucidate information on psychiatric disorders in the overall cohort, and among residents with dementia. Questions from the quality of life questionnaire (EQ-5D-3L) that provides information on self-care, anxiety/depression, and resident's view of how healthy they are, were used to evalu...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
By now, we all know the drill: Maintain physical distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Avoid people who are sick and stay away from others if you are sick. While these measures may seem simple enough, they are not easy to keep up month after month. Yet they are likely to be with us for a while. But what about those who cannot comply? Certain conditions can make the standard measures to stay safe during the pandemic seem impossible. At the same time, some of those likely to have the most trouble following the guidelines — such as older people with dementia — are at higher risk for illness and death if they do ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Anxiety and Depression Asthma Caregiving Coronavirus and COVID-19 Source Type: blogs
Authors: Minen MT, Gopal A, Sahyoun G, Stieglitz E, Torous J Abstract OBJECTIVE: There are more than 325,000 health-related smartphone applications (apps) on the market. To better understand the apps currently on the market for the five most disabling neuropsychiatric conditions, the authors conducted a study investigating their intended uses (target population and intervention), the data collected, and any privacy policies. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of apps for the five most disabling neuropsychiatric conditions per the World Health Organization: stroke, migraine, depression, Alzheimer's diseas...
Source: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci Source Type: research
Dementia is a syndrome and an umbrella term that encompasses Alzheimer, Parkinson and autism diseases. These diseases are by far the most common cause of dementia; therefore this investigation will chiefly include these disorders, with a limited discussion of few other disorders related to dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by the accumulation of cerebral β-amyloid plaques, tau proteins and memory loss; Parkinson by the deterioration of brain cells which regulate the movement of body parts and produce dopamine; and autism by abnormalities of social disorder and difficulty in communicating and fo...
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Abstract The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a bidirectional signaling mechanism between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system. The complexity of the intestinal ecosystem is extraordinary; it comprises more than 100 trillion microbial cells that inhabit the small and large intestine, and this interaction between microbiota and intestinal epithelium can cause physiological changes in the brain and influence mood and behavior. Currently, there has been an emphasis on how such interactions affect mental health. Evidence indicates that intestinal microbiota are involved in neurological and psychiatric...
Source: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Braz J Psychiatry Source Type: research
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