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Delirium is a mental disorder characterized by disturbances in consciousness, orientation, memory, thought, perception, and behavior, of acute onset and fluctuating course. It occurs in hyperactive, hypoactive, or mixed forms, in up to 50% of elderly hospital inpatients, many with...
Older persons not only differed significantly in their responses between depression instruments based on one dimension or the other, although with similar content, but response was significantly associated with specific subject characteristics. The heterogeneity of older patient populations...
PD was consistently less severe in older patients across multiple domains, and a later age at onset was associated with less distress due to body sensations, cognitions, and emotions during panic attacks.
The association of general aggression and suicide extends to middle and older adulthood, and aggression may serve as a marker for suicide risk before the onset of depression.
Greater vascular burden was positively associated with depressive symptoms over time. These findings provide further support for the vascular depression hypothesis in late life and highlight the need for careful clinical monitoring of this frail group of elderly patients.
Clinicians should be vigilant for functional decline in patients who perceive their health negatively. Future research should test potential mechanisms that might underlie this association.
Elderly persons living in the community reporting depressive symptoms are at increased risk of poor psychosocial adjustment after a somatic event. Each reported baseline depressive symptom was associated with an increased risk of chronic decline; this finding stresses the importance of detecting...
Elderly patients with MDD may have a greater risk of recurrence than younger individuals. Low levels of treatment characterize the somatic treatment in all the study subjects, regardless of age-group.
These findings provide empirical support for the vascular depression hypothesis and also indicate that the rates of clinically-defined vascular depression and post-stroke depression are similar in geriatric rehabilitation patients.
The MDS Mood Disturbance items can be reliably and validly administered via self-report to persons scoring at least 12 on the Mini-Mental State Exam.
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