Apathy: Risk Factor for Mortality in Nursing Home Patients

First published: 09 August 2017

Going into a care home can make elderly residents give up on life. A lack of mental stimulation often causes apathy which can lead to premature death. The charity Age UK says
some care homes do not provide engaging activities, leaving frail
pensioners ‘withdrawn and unmotivated’. The warnings follow a study
published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
which found half of nursing home residents are suffering from apathy
which has left them ‘indifferent’ to everyday life. Apathy, which is
distinct from depression and can often go unnoticed, was found to
increase the risk of older people dying in the next four months by 62
per cent.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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