People with a family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more rapidly than those without a history of the disease, suggests new research. The study also shows that bipolar patients treated with lithium — the main medication for the illness — have longer telomeres (a sign of slower biological aging) compared to bipolar disorder patients Read more
As the US population grows older, the demand for affordable and accessible mental health services is on the rise. Psychological services for seniors, particularly those in underserved communities (15.1 percent of Americans over the age of 65 currently fall below the poverty line according to the US Census Bureau, the largest portion of any age group) have become more critical than ever, especially in an uncertain economic climate. Recent figures show an estimated 20.4 percent of adults 65 and over living with a diagnosed mental disorder, including dementia. Over half have some form of cognitive impairment, often worsened by other chronic health problems. According to the American Psychological Association, recent efforts have focused on providing mental health and substance abuse services for increasingly diverse populations of seniors, and the need for these efforts will continue to increase substantially throughout coming decades.
Scientists from Canada reveal that the underdevelopment of the brain network involved in inhibition after the age of 30 years may be connected with psychological problems.
The social inequalities for risk appear to increase with age, and the social disadvantages of being Latino in the U.S. increase the risk for common mental disorders across a person’s lifespan.
“Aging itself is not inevitably associated with a decline in mood and quality of life,” said professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig, commenting on the results. “It is rather the case that psychosocial factors such as depression or anxiety impair subjective well-being,” he explained.
Well-being in later life is largely dependent on psychosocial factors. Physical impairments tend to play a secondary role, as scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered. The results of their recent study are published in BMC Geriatrics.
A series of reports by University of Washington’s School of Social Work believed to be the first longitudinal study of its kind found that LGBT Americans 50 years and older are at higher risk of disability, cardiovascular disease, depression and social isolation.
“Whether it’s children in foster care, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities living in long-term care facilities, or our parents and grandparents residing in nursing homes, our state needs to do a much better job of protecting those who cannot protect themselves,” he said.
A study was done on 156 patients aged 50 and over who were all significantly depressed. They engaged in only a half hour of brisk walking three times a week. They were compared with a group who took anti-depressant medication alone, and one that took medication and were in the exercise program. The researchers at Read more
According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, compared to patients who were cared for by relatives in fairly good mental health, patients tended by family members in poor mental health died, on average, about 14 months sooner.
In drawing its qualified conclusions, the panel cited research released last summer suggesting that a program of highly targeted brain-training reduced the risk of cognitive decline or dementia by nearly half over 10 years.
The hidden toll on the health and well-being of people caring for a loved one with dementia has been laid bare. Many carers are suffering depression and anxiety as they struggle with their role, according to the first national De-Stress study by researchers in Trinity College.
People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress and inflammation. These, in turn, can undermine the well-being of nearly every bodily system, including the brain.
Childhood trauma raises the risk of everything from diabetes to lung cancer to heart disease. Those who endured a high level of trauma in their youth have an average life expectancy 20 years lower than those who didn’t.
New research suggests that both short and long sleep trajectories from adolescence are associated with poor physiologic and mental health outcomes in adulthood. Adolescents with a trajectory of short sleep seem particularly vulnerable to poor mental well-being as young adults.
The researchers analysed over 80,000 mental health treatments in South West England as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. The analysis revealed that the percentage of people referred to mental health therapies for common conditions such as anxiety.
Presidio County – Researchers don’t all agree on what explains the Hispanic Paradox, but a likely key factor is what many of us would identify as the key to life in general: it’s about connections to other people. And there is now evidence from many studies that those sorts of ties translate to better mental Read more
Experts and advocacy groups warn mental health issues are under-diagnosed for older people, and those suffering anxiety and depression often do not know where to find help.
Among older adults with subthreshold depression (insufficient levels of depressive symptoms to meet diagnostic criteria), collaborative care compared with usual care resulted in an improvement in depressive symptoms after four months, although it is of uncertain clinical importance, according to a study.
Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living leading to depression. A new study offers a comprehensive analysis of depression among the old in South Africa.
Research suggests that a combination of nutrition and mental, social and physical activities may have a greater impact with regard to maintaining and improving brain health than any single activity. Volunteering, caring for others and pursuing hobbies may benefit the brains of older adults.
Dr. Varghese said positive perception of self increased one’s longevity. Life satisfaction, social support system, good physical and mental health, financial security and personal control over one’s life were essential for successful aging.
According to a recent study by American Geriatric Society, tests were done with 830 middle-aged women, concluding if one has their children later in life, their brainpower will be boosted while protecting one from memory loss.
While it is well-known that a severe natural disaster can increase the risk for certain mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds that this type of trauma can also increase the risk of dementia in the elderly.