Social Interactions between Family and Community-Based Service Providers in Dementia Caregiving.
CONCLUSIONS: Participants reported varying levels of provider-family collaboration. The extent of collaborations and support exchange may have implications on the psychological well-being of those providing care to individuals with dementia including families and providers. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: It may be beneficial to identify providers and families who perceive low levels of collaboration and implement intervention to facilitate positive social interactions. Developing organizational culture and payment systems that value high-quality social interactions may help enhance the psychological well-being of service provi...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - May 27, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Care Demands and Well-Being of Primary and Secondary Non-Spousal Caregivers of Aging Adults.
Conclusions: Secondary caregivers provide less care but report emotional stress comparable to primary caregivers. Primary caregivers of friends provide high levels of assistance that may increase their physical strain.Clinical Implications: Caregiver research and intervention should include greater attention to needs of secondary caregivers, and caregivers of friends, and ways to strengthen their potentially critical roles. PMID: 32414302 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - May 19, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Trajectories of Mini-Mental State Examination Scores over the Lifespan in General Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis.
Conclusions: Between the age of 29 and 105 years MMSE scores decline, with the highest decline between age 84 and 105 years.Clinical Implementations: The use of MMSE should be restricted to higher age categories in aging general populations. PMID: 32374211 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - May 7, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Prescription Pain Reliever Use and Misuse among Cannabis Users Aged 50+ Years.
Conclusions: Correlates of dual cannabis and PPNR use/misuse among older adults are poor physical and mental health problems and problematic cannabis use.Clinical Implications: Older adults with cannabis and PPNR misuse need access to evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment when needed. PMID: 32374215 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - May 7, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Cognition in Successful Aging: Systematic Review and Future Directions.
Conclusions: The results highlight that cognition is being included in SA using different levels of complexity. Even though research investigating SA in pathology is emerging, there is currently a lack of utilization of the concept in pathological and at-risk populations.Clinical implications: The current research of cognition in SA provides several valid options to evaluate if a person is aging successfully. The emerging research indicates that people from at-risk and pathological populations can age successfully. PMID: 32336218 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 29, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Strategies for Implementing Group Mental Health Interventions in a VA Community Living Center.
Conclusions: The results provide insight into implementing a group MH treatment into the CLC setting, with implications for the MH care of older adults residing in CLCs.Clinical Implications: 1) Group leaders should consider matching attendees for ability levels (physical or cognitive). 2) At the facility level, leaders may take steps to address stigma toward MH by adopting approaches (e.g., music) or framing MH issues (e.g., use of language) in a way that is approachable. 3) Modifiable barriers at the individual and facility level could be addressed to encourage ease of implementation. PMID: 32314668 [PubMed - as supp...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Advancing Assessment in Clinical Gerontology.
Authors: Moye J PMID: 32308143 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 22, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Measuring Health Status in Long-Term Residential Care: Adapting the Veterans RAND 12 Item Health Survey (VR-12 ©).
Conclusions: Study findings informed the development of an adapted version of the VR-12 for older adults living in Canadian LTRC homes and provided content validity evidence regarding its relevance and appropriateness for this population.Clinical implications: Measuring the health status of older adults living in LTRC can help to monitor changes in health status over time and support person-centered care. PMID: 32299327 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 19, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Feasibility of the Cognitive Model for Behavioral Interventions in Older Adults with Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.
Conclusions: CoMBI is a feasible treatment model for challenging behavior in patients with BPSD and CMPT. CoMBI is associated with a significant decrease in challenging behaviors regardless of etiology.Clinical implications: Focusing on personality and associated core needs could have a key role in the non-pharmacological treatment of the elderly with BPSD. PMID: 32286161 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Measuring Social Engagement among Low-Income, Depressed Homebound Older Adults: Validation of the Social Engagement and Activities Questionnaire.
Conclusions: The present study provides evidence of validity for the use of the SEAQ to assess social engagement and activities among low-income, depressed homebound older adults.Clinical Implications: The SEAQ may be used in future studies measuring changes in social engagement and activities in these older adults. PMID: 32292129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Race and Personal Exposure to AD Influence Projected Memory Failure Attributions and Help-Seeking Behaviors.
Conclusion: African Americans were more influenced by personal experience when considering the causes of hypothetical memory failures.Clinical Implications: Healthcare providers should emphasize to African American families the value of early AD detection and treatment in terms of quality of life for both patient and caregiver. PMID: 32274979 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 12, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Using Video Telehealth to Deliver Patient-Centered Collaborative Care: The G-IMPACT Pilot.
Conclusions: Nurse practitioner facilitated video visits allowed geriatric patients to meet with multiple specialists simultaneously with both high patient satisfaction and increased real-time care coordination.Clinical Implications: This project identified challenges and opportunities afforded by this type of real-time telehealth care delivery and can inform the development of future interdisciplinary mobile medical teams. PMID: 32228299 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 3, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

The Effects of Perceived Enjoyment of Activities on Cognition in Late-Life.
Conclusions: The results imply that frequency and perceived enjoyment of some activities are related to cognition in later life.Clinical Implications: Although the frequency of activities is often measured and subsequently used to address mental health and cognitive concerns in late-life (e.g., Behavioral Activation), we discuss the importance for clinicians to formally assess for enjoyment of these activities as well. PMID: 32223532 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Exploring New Use of Cannabis among Older Adults.
Conclusions: Older adults who begin using cannabis are likely using for what they perceive to be medicinal purposes for a range of issues. However, they receive minimal guidance from their family physicians and instead obtain information from non-clinician sources.Clinical implications: Cannabis screening should be included in geriatric assessments and medicine reconciliation. Continuing education for clinicians needs to address knowledge gaps about cannabis use among older adults. PMID: 32223535 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - April 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Effectiveness of Cannabinoids for Treatment of Dementia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Conclusions: Findings from a few robust randomized controlled trials suggest that nabilone might be useful for the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia, but there is no convincing evidence for THC. Additional studies are needed to further clarify and assess the benefits of these treatments.Clinical Implications: There were no randomized controlled trials investigating the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of cognitive decline in dementia. Studies on THC reported no significant improvement in agitation. It may be too early to postulate that cannabinoids have any effect on dementia symptoms or their progressi...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - March 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

The Association between Age and Experienced Emotions in Hoarding Disorder.
Conclusions: Fear may not be the emotion experienced when discarding items, particularly for older adults with HD. Future work should focus on mechanisms of action in HD treatment.Clinical Implications: Clinicians should not assume fear or anxiety to be the primary emotional response in older adults with HD when engaged in an exposure to sorting/discarding. Older hoarding patients with a more fear-oriented aversion to sorting possessions may require a treatment emphasis on increasing the percentage of items discarded. PMID: 32175823 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - March 17, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

A Quasi-experimental Study Measuring the Effectiveness of Two Empathy Enhancement Programs on Caregivers Working with Older Adults Living Alone.
Conclusions: More studies are needed to identify helpful components of empathy enhancement programs to direct care workers working with older adults living alone. Also, a further randomized controlled trial study is needed to assess programs' effectiveness on older adults living alone and direct care workers.Clinical implications: A lecture-based empathy enhancement program can increase levels of empathy and caring efficacy of direct care workers working with older adults and decrease care workers' levels of burnout and stress. Training for direct care workers of older adults is needed to improve the empathy of direct care...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 26, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Perspectives on Components of an Online Training and Support Program for Dementia Family Caregivers in India: A Focus Group Study.
Conclusions: The study highlights the requisite components of a first of its kind online training and support program in India by integrating the experiences, motivations, challenges, and expectations of caregivers and professionals involved in dementia care.Clinical Implications: The focus group discussions in the current study provide a road map for the development of an online caregiver training and support program underlying the perspectives of the stakeholders for the consolidation of an effective dementia care program for lower resourced settings. PMID: 32081097 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Moderating Role of Attachment Orientation in the Association between the Level of Depressive Symptoms and Informal Support among Hospitalized Older Adults.
Conclusions: The study results emphasize the relevance of attachment orientation to caregiving relations in health-related contexts and call for awareness of the effect that level of depression combined with attachment orientation can have during hospitalization.Clinical implications: Assessing attachment orientation and depression in hospitalized elders might be useful for identifying older adults at risk for insufficient informal support during hospitalization. PMID: 32066347 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Effects of a Video-based Intervention on Caregiver Confidence for Managing Dementia Care Challenges: Findings from the FamTechCare Clinical Trial.
Conclusion: Caregivers in the FamTechCare group reported benefit across all priority challenges including managing dementia behaviors, understanding disease expectations, and performing activity of daily living care.Clinical Implications: Innovative technology provides new opportunities to support family caregivers in dementia home care. Video-recording can be used to enhance support for family caregivers facing care challenges. PMID: 32072866 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Screening for Caregiver Burden in the Community: Validation of the European Portuguese Screening Version of the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI-4).
Conclusions: The Portuguese version of the ZBI-4 screen demonstrates good psychometric properties.Clinical implications: These results show the utility of the Portuguese version of ZBI-4 as a short screen for caregiver burden for use in the community to facilitate rapid screening for this important and complex stressor. PMID: 32065071 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 19, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Creative Approaches to Person-Centered Dementia Care.
Authors: Moye J PMID: 32056514 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Burden in Tunisian Family Caregivers of Older Patients with Schizophrenia Spectrum and Bipolar Disorders; Associations with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Quality of Life.
Conclusions: Certain modifiable risk factors play an inescapable role in increasing the level of burden among caregivers of older patients with serious mental illnesses.Clinical Implications: Improving the quality of life and psychological well-being of family caregivers should be considered an integral part of treatment for serious mental illness in older adult patients. PMID: 32058858 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Association between Social Support and Frailty among Older People with Depressive Disorders.
Conclusions: Social support interventions should be designed to influence multiple items of the social support scale at the same time, which might, therefore, have a substantial effect on frailty status among the older population.Clinical implications: We recommend a regular practice that focuses not only on biological (i.e., prescribing medications) and psychological aspects (i.e., providing psychotherapy) but also on the social dimension of older people living with frailty and depressive disorders. PMID: 32046619 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 13, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Geriatric Anxiety Scale: Development and Preliminary Validation of a Long-Term Care Anxiety Assessment Measure.
This study examined the psychometric properties of a new quantitative anxiety screening measure specifically designed for use in long-term care settings, the Geriatric Anxiety Scale - Long Term Care Version (GAS-LTC).Method: Data were collected from LTC residents (N = 66; M age = 84.4 years, range = 59 to 100 years; 74.2% women) who completed the GAS-LTC, the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), the Geriatric Depression Scale-15 (GDS-15), and the Prospective and Retrospective Memory Questionnaire (PRMQ).Results: The GAS-LTC demonstrated good internal consistency (α = .80), a...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - February 12, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Clinicodemographic and Psychosocial Factors Related to Presentation or Severity of Delusions of Theft among Females with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease.
Conclusions: The two groups had several differences regarding clinicodemographic and psychosocial factors. Furthermore, lower IADL scores were related to symptom presentation. Symptom severity correlated with cognitive functioning and caregiver burden.Clinical Implications: In the determination of treatment or care, differences in these factors should be considered. PMID: 31983299 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 29, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Mental Health Needs of Aging Veterans: Recent Evidence and Clinical Recommendations.
Conclusions: Aging Veterans are a large subset of Americans whose mental health needs are complex and deserve attention.Clinical Implications: Clinicians should ask about history of military service (i.e., Veteran status) and utilize available resources when providing care for older Veterans. PMID: 31971092 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 24, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Development of a Screening Scale for Community-dwelling Older Adults with Multiple Care Needs.
Conclusions: The screening scale demonstrated adequate reliability, content validity, and discriminant validity.Clinical Implications: The screening scale would serve as a reference for community volunteers in the identification of community-dwelling older adults with multiple care needs. PMID: 31955663 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 21, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Exploring Information and Referral Needs of Individuals with Dementias and Informal Caregivers in Rural and Remote Areas.
Conclusions: Findings suggest the importance of a single point of access for I&R with presence in local communities as well as initial and ongoing assessment and provision of appropriate I&R throughout the course of ADRDs.Clinical Implications: Existing community resources and funding support should be leveraged for multiple points and means of access to reliable I&R. PMID: 31920164 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 11, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

A Systematic Review of Interventions for Hope/Hopelessness in Older Adults.
Conclusions: Hope/hopelessness in older adults can be improved using psychological interventions based on CBT and life review. Controlled trials with hope/hopelessness as a primary objective are needed to more clearly demonstrate effectiveness.Clinical implications: Cognitive-behavioral interventions can improve hopelessness in depressed older adults. Life-review based interventions can positively impact hope in a range of older populations. Dignity Therapy, physical exercise, and educational programs may not effectively improve hope/hopelessness in older adults. PMID: 31913808 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Sour...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 10, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

A Multi-method Investigation of the Personality Correlates of Functional Ability in Older Adults.
Conclusions: These results suggest that personality traits can impact self-reported FA in older adults and underscore the importance of assessing FA in older adults using multiple methods, particularly performance-based measures.Clinical Implications: Clinicians should consider how personality may impact FA in older adults and multiple methods of FA performance should be examined to better tailor recommendations. PMID: 31906809 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 9, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Effective Chronic Disease Interventions in Nursing Homes: A Scoping Review Based on the Knowledge-to-Action Framework.
Conclusions: Given the need for chronic disease management in NHs, researchers are encouraged to report on intervention studies using the Knowledge-to-Action framework to optimize the likelihood that interventions will be suitable for the context of their delivery and introduce sustainable change.Clinical implications: To answer what interventions should be introduced to residents in long-term care, research must clearly demonstrate efficacy, provide enough detail for methods to be reproducible in applied contexts, and consider strategies for sustainability and the holistic needs of residents. PMID: 31902314 [PubMed - ...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 7, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Designing Virtual Reality Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety in Older Adults Living with Parkinson's Disease: Integrating Literature for Scoping.
Conclusion: VR in PD studies suggested established feasibility. With appropriate design considerations, a VR based protocol could improve anxiety outcomes in PD.Clinical implications: VR in PD provides control of a patient's field of view, which can be exploited to induce specific responses, provide visual feedback, analysis of patient actions, and introduce safe challenges in the context of training. VR assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tailored to suit subtypes of anxiety disorders in PD have the potential to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy in PD. PMID: 31903862 [PubMed - as supplied...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - January 7, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Depression Severity, but Not Cognitive Impairment or Frailty, is Associated with Disability in Late-Life Depression.
Conclusions: In this sample, only depression severity was associated with increased disability.Clinical Implications: These findings have implications for intervention in LLD, as depression severity may represent a more modifiable risk factor for disability. PMID: 31865868 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 25, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

A Psychometric Assessment of the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire (SBQ-5) and Geriatric Suicide Ideation Scale-Screen (GSIS-screen) in Middle-Aged and Older Men.
Conclusions. The SBQ-5 and the GSIS-Screen have acceptable psychometric properties among middle-aged and older community-residing men; the GSIS-Screen is more closely associated with later-life suicide risk factors.Clinical Implications. Brief screening tools may be of use in effectively identifying suicide ideation in community-residing middle-aged and older men. PMID: 31854266 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 21, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

New Research on Older Adult Suicide: A Reason for Hope.
Authors: Cui R, Fiske A PMID: 31854267 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 21, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Predictors of Fear of Falling among Iranian Older Adults with Hip Fracture and Controls.
Authors: Soleimani R, Jalali MM, Mirbolook AR Abstract Objectives: To investigate predictors of fear of falling (FOF) among older people with or without hip fracture.Methods: The FOF was assessed by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS-FOF), anxiety and depression by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The modified Berg Balance Scale (mBBS) to evaluate functional balance was used. All people were asked to complete the dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) and the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) for evaluating quality of life.Results: Eighty-eight older adults (44 cases; 44 controls) took part in this ...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 18, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Optimal Well-being, Depression, and Caregiving: An Explorative Investigation.
Conclusions: These results indicate that only a small proportion of community dwellers reported optimal well-being.Clinical Implications: Addressing depression and alleviating caregiver distress may constitute ingredients for promoting optimal well-being among older community dwellers. PMID: 31826711 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Impairment for Medication Management in Older Adults: Validity of a Family Report Measure.
Conclusions: In context of cognitive impairment, detection of medication mismanagement could be improved in both primary care and specialty health encounters through adoption of this single-item screening tool.Clinical Implications: This single-item report can be used to quickly facilitate discussions of medication management and cognitive impairment screening in office visits. The item also shows promise for efficient measurement of impairment in medication management than typical IADL assessment language. PMID: 31826718 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Swedish Clinical Professionals' Perspectives on Evaluating Cognitive and Communicative Function in Dementia.
Conclusions: Published clinical guidelines notwithstanding, there is in practice no "gold standard" regarding diagnostic processes. Reorganization of services that impact feasibility of cross-disciplinary contact may negatively impact diagnostics.Clinical implications: Interprofessional collaboration is impacted by many factors, e.g. physical proximity and availability of specific professions. In order to optimize collaboration in dementia diagnosis, communication channels between professions need to be optimized. Additionally, making clinical impressions and "gut-feelings" explicit could contribute val...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Fear of Falling Assessment and Interventions in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Mixed Methods Case-Series.
Conclusions: The integrated viewpoints from quantitative and qualitative data suggest a need for FOF assessment based on older adults' perceptive and physiological measures.Clinical Implications: Healthcare providers should assess FOF using subjective and objective measures. PMID: 31805830 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - December 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

The Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Past and Present Aspects.
Conclusions: PSP is a neurodegenerative disorder with prominent tau neuropathology. Movement, motivation and communication impairments in patients with PSP may limit participation in everyday living activities. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments are of significant importance for PSP cognitive evaluation. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches could be applied in order to relieve patients and improve quality of life.Clinical Implications: Executive dysfunction is the most notable cognitive impairment and dominates the neuropsychological profile of patients with PSP. PMID: 31752626 [PubMed - as supplied...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 24, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Dyadic Psychological Interventions for BPSD, Quality of Life and/or Caregiver Burden in Dementia or MCI.
Conclusions: Psychological interventions involving whole dyads have some promise for both people with dementia and informal caregivers, but are still far from uniformly effective across BPSD, quality of life, and caregiver burden. Further research directions are discussed.Clinical Implications: The results suggest that clinicians should routinely involve both halves of the dyad when delivering psychological interventions targeting anxiety or quality of life for people with dementia, or burden for informal caregivers. PMID: 31752633 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 24, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Feasibility of a Dementia-Focused Person-Centered Communication Intervention for Home Care Workers.
Conclusions: The findings support Be EPIC's feasibility and highlight the need to address structural barriers from employers and government to ensure the delivery of person-centered dementia care.Clinical Implications: The findings highlight the need for and positive impact of person-centered communication training on home care workers, especially the value of learning by doing, reflective practice, and peer support. PMID: 31739767 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 21, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Shifting Maladaptive Fall Risk Appraisal in Older Adults through an in-Home Physio-fEedback and Exercise pRogram (PEER): A Pilot Study.
Conclusions: PEER intervention facilitates a shift from maladaptive to adaptive fall risk appraisal and reduces fall risk.Clinical Implications: Preventive interventions promoting alignment between perceive and physiological fall risk may contribute to reducing falls and increasing exercise adherence. PMID: 31713464 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Greek Adaptation of the Positive Aspects of Caregiving (PAC) Scale in Dementia Caregivers.
Conclusions: The scale is a both valid and reliable tool, and therefore it can be used to assess the positive aspects of caregiving in dementia caregivers.Clinical implications: The development of positive psychology measures in dementia care can be regarded as the cornerstone of the psychotherapeutic interventions addressed to caregivers, and therefore helping them to adapt better in their caregiving role. PMID: 31684839 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 8, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Suicidal Ideation among Veterans Living with Cancer Referred to Mental Health.
This study identified factors associated with suicidal ideation (SI) among a rarely studied subgroup of Veterans: those with cancer.Methods: Veterans (age M = 61.83) with cancer (N= 175) referred for psychological evaluation completed measures of pain, sleep, depressive, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. SI was defined by endorsing on paper-and-pencil questionnaire thoughts of killing oneself in the past 2 weeks or during clinical interview.Results: 25.1% reported SI. Compared to those without SI, Veterans with SI had higher ratings on measures of depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. History of suicide attempt(s) was included...
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 5, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Meaning-Centered Men's Groups: Initial Findings of an Intervention to Enhance Resiliency and Reduce Suicide Risk in Men Facing Retirement.
Conclusions: Preliminary findings suggest that MCMG is a novel men's mental health intervention that may help to enhance psychological well-being and potentially reduce the severity or prevent the onset of symptoms of depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation.Clinical Implications: Upstream psychological interventions may serve an important role in mental health promotion and suicide prevention with potentially vulnerable individuals facing challenging life transitions. PMID: 31671031 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - November 3, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Validation of the Arabic Version of the Rating Anxiety in Dementia Scale.
Conclusions: The Arabic version of the RAID scale exhibits good psychometric properties.Clinical Implications: RAID is a valid tool to measure anxiety in Arabic elder patients suffering from dementia. PMID: 31661425 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - October 31, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research

Sleep Quality in Caregivers of Older Patients with Schizophrenia Spectrum and Bipolar Disorders: A Case-Control Study.
Conclusions: Older adults with severe mental disorders constitute a vulnerable population which generates a significant burden of care, and impacts their caregivers' subjective sleep quality. Clinical Implications: Family interventions, including sleep interventions, should be considered as an integral component of treatment for serious mental illnesses. When promoting sleep quality, older and single caregivers should be targeted. PMID: 31640481 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Gerontologist)
Source: Clinical Gerontologist - October 25, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research