Mr. Andrews was listless this morning, staring at his food as if he didn't know what to do with it. Normally he eats a big breakfast and jokes with the staff about his ability to eat a lot and not gain weight. He urinated in the bed, something he has never done. His caregivers wonder what could be going on with Mr. Andrews. Is he depressed? He did lose his wife 3 months ago. Is he starting to get dementia?
I was recently reading an article about depression and what one can do to help themselves. It said that how you became depressed is important, but more importantly, you can learn how to do various things do defeat the depression. I can mostly "buy into" all the solutions, but I want to equate the answers to the work place.
Q: The Alzheimer's Association annual conference took place in mid-July. As an expert in the disease, what did you find the most noteworthy takeaway?
John O'Connor's recent post on the pain/depression cycle raised some interesting points about depression in long-term care. Reducing learned helplessness that is often seen in depression is something more providers need to be trying for.
When providers consider the challenges residents face, it's usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer's considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.
While exercise has been shown to boost mental health among fit seniors and younger adults, a study out of the United Kingdom indicates mild exercise is not effective in reducing depression among nursing home residents.
The Mayo Clinic has received a patent for a new medication selection procedure. GeneSight uses a test to prioritize the selection of medications for patients with depression, chronic pain and other psychiatric disorders.
Post-stroke treatments can benefit older people as much as younger ones, according to recently published research from the University of Georgia.
You know the music you love personally, and how listening to a certain song makes you feel. But how can you tap the power of music to simultaneously enhance the lives of the many people in your and your team's care?
Memory training combined with a Montessori-based approach to daily living can improve nutrition and reduce depression among those with dementia, a study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing finds.
Boosting the mood of seniors helps them do better on decision-making and working-memory tests, researchers have found. In the first study to demonstrate how a positive mood can help older adults with brain tasks, scientists examined 46 adults ages 63 to 85. Half were given a thank-you card and two small bags of candy tied with a red ribbon when they arrived at the lab. The other half were not.
A particular type of memory training combined with a Montessori-based approach to daily living can decrease depression in dementia patients by improving their eating habits, according to a recent study.
Seniors who are depressed may be at higher risk for shingles, even if they are vaccinated. This is according to research published recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
I know being cynical is bad for me. I'm sure it's even worse for my health than all the arsenic in my rice. It's probably killing me slowly and softly, as its tentacles snake into my ever-darkening soul. But these days, contamination seems unavoidable, like I'm living near a leaky nuclear reactor. Which it turns out I actually am.
Many Americans age 65 and older who suffer from mental health disorder do not receive treatments that meet acknowledged standards, according to results of a new survey. Conducted by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the study showed that many seniors do not know depression can significantly increase other health risks.
Depressed elderly men are twice as likely peers who are not depressed to have an emergency hospital admission, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The authors suggest that depressed patients may not carefully follow treatment plans and that depression may inhibit communication with patients who suffer from acute or chronic illness.
Depression significantly affected the lifestyles of about one-fifth of participants in a study focusing on women 65 and older, researchers say.
Nurses continue to experience stress at higher rates than most other groups, according to the American Holistic Nurses Association. OK, so we know nurses get stressed — just walk into any nursing home or hospital and look around —but let's break this down.
Individuals suffering from both heart failure and depression could see improvement with the introduction of an exercise program, a new study reveals.
It's well established that nursing home residents frequently struggle with conditions such as heart failure and depression. It's also true that critics of nursing home care are quick to blame these conditions on substandard care
Major depression is a highly debilitating illnesses associated with significant morbidity, impairments in occupational and social functioning and increased risk of suicide. Patients typically have some degree of symptomatic response to treatment, but often suffer from persisting residual symptoms that cause significant functional impairment, decreased quality of life, and increased risk of relapse.
Older adults suffering from arthritis should be screened for anxiety, a new study recommends.
Last week, a funny thing happened: For once, I was not the first person I know to post a nursing home-related story to my Facebook page.
Three key factors can help determine which patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation following a stroke are at a higher risk for being readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds.
Providers who treat stroke sufferers need to do a better job of screening them for depression, a new study suggests.
Providers have one big reason to cut back on overtime: It can lead to a hemorrhage of money. But now there's another: It could make your employees depressed.
Depressed nursing home residents with dementia are three times more likely to have serious falls if they take certain medications, a new study reveals.
The prevalence of depression is common among low-wage nursing home workers — who also experience higher levels of stress than other workers — a new Harvard study finds.
A pilot study in one Rhode Island health system is testing a telemedicine system to improve depression in nursing home rehabilitation residents.
A new study on coffee drinking habits and results should give nurses plenty of reasons to smile. I can back up the results personally.