Increased prescribing has little effect on depression levels in care homes

According to a study by the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia dating from 1991-2011, antidepressant use in care homes has risen from 7.4 per cent to 29.2 per cent, although the prevalence of depression in care homes remains unchanged at around one in ten residents. The findings have prompted lead study author Prof AntonyContinue reading “Increased prescribing has little effect on depression levels in care homes”

Qualitative study of loneliness in a senior housing community: the importance of wisdom and other coping strategies

Abstract Objective: Older adults are at a high risk for loneliness, which impacts their health, well-being, and longevity. While related to social isolation, loneliness is a distinct, internally experienced, distressing feeling. The present qualitative study sought to identify characteristics of loneliness in older adults living independently within a senior housing community, which is typically designedContinue reading “Qualitative study of loneliness in a senior housing community: the importance of wisdom and other coping strategies”

Recognising and preventing delirium

Delirium  is  a  sudden  change  in  a  person’s  mental  state.  It  is  a  serious condition  that  is sometimes mistaken for dementia or, more rarely, depression. Unlike dementia, delirium develops quickly and is usually temporary. Having delirium can mean:•     longer hospital stays•     increased risk of dementia•     increased mortality.Treatment will dependContinue reading “Recognising and preventing delirium”

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 The charity Age UK says some care homes do not provide engaging activities, leaving frail pensioners ‘withdrawn and unmotivated’.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 aContinue reading “Apathy: Risk Factor for Mortality in Nursing Home Patients”

Collaborative approaches to treatment : Depression among older people living in care homes

The British Geriatrics Society and the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry of the Royal College  of Psychiatrists have worked together to produce this short report.   Download here