Category Archives: Mental Health

Elderly Mental Health.

International Perspectives on the Possible Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown on Abuse of the Elderly (JGCR / American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry / JAGS)

Summary A selection of recent articles presents a surprising consensus on the issues in question, across disparate international regions. First, an article written from the context of India: Full Text Link Reference Rina, K. Maiti, T. Panigrahi, M. Patro, B. … Continue reading

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Updates Relating to the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care (Lancet / Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy / Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care has updated evidence on modifiable risk factors the prevention of dementia, and the “life-course model of dementia prevention”. There were nine modifiable risk factors for reducing the risk of dementia … Continue reading

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A Brief Review of How the COVID-19 Pandemic Relates to Elderly Care and Research (JGCR)

Summary A brief literature review examines publications relating to the elderly population arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes, and possible areas for further research, are identified. Full Text Link Reference Tripathy, S. (2020). The COVID-19 pandemic and the elderly patient: … Continue reading

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Some Speculated / Potential Benefits of COVID-19 (JGCR / BBC Radio 4’s Rethink / BGS)

Summary The following article, unusually and perhaps controversially, attempts an initial assessment of certain perceived potential beneficial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Text Link Reference Tripathy, S. Kar, SK. Roy, D. [et al]. (2020). Community perception of the environmental … Continue reading

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Timeless Good Advice? (Action for Happiness)

Summary The secret to happiness, for challenging times? Simple and evidence-based. “Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world”. Full Text Link Reference Optimistic October. [Online]: Action for Happiness, October 1st 2020. Aphorisms For Informal Reflection … Continue reading

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Interventions to Improve Resilience in People Living With Dementia (Frontiers in Medicine)

Summary A review of the literature has identified five types of interventions designed to support resilience (coping with adversity) in people with dementia, which comprise: Dementia Advisors. Peer Support Network Services. Visual Arts Enrichment Activities (VAEA). Memory Makers. Early-Stage and … Continue reading

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Elderly Depression and Dementia: Underlying Relationships? (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A systematic review examines the relationship(s) between depression and dementia in old age, exploring multiple possible explanations: Depressive symptoms may be a risk factor for dementia. Depressive symptoms may be a prodromal symptom of dementia. Depressive symptoms may be … Continue reading

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Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (JGCR)

Summary Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) is characterised mainly by impaired perceptual speed, episodic memory, semantic memory, attention and executive function. It has much in common with global cognitive impairment, and diagnosis may overlap with that for Alzheimer’s Disease or other … Continue reading

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More Statistics on Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals (The Pharmaceutical Journal)

Summary Data, obtained from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, indicates that 17% of acute trusts (there were 87 that did respond) offer the full range of non-pharmaceutical therapies suggested by NICE guidance, while less than 45% offer one or … Continue reading

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