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Psychopathological features in patients with Parkinson's disease and related caregivers’ burden

Authors:
STELLA Florindo, et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(10), October 2009, pp.1158-1165.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study aimed to identify the profile of psychopathological symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and the impact of this condition on the carer’s burden. Fifty patients with PD were divided into groups according to the respective psychiatric diagnosis, and caregivers were divided into groups according to the mental condition of their patients. To assess the mental condition of patients and caregivers’ burden, and to correlate psychopathological features found with clinical features of PD, the Neuropsychiatric Inventory was applied. The conclusion was that patients with dementia presented more severe motor impairments and lower functionality, followed by patients with depression and those non-demented, non-depressed. Psychotic symptoms, agitation, aberrant motor behaviours and sleep disturbances were higher in the dementia group. Neuropsychiatric disturbances from both the dementia and depression groups represented a significant burden for their respective carers, which was highest for patients with dementia.

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Mental health and well-being in later life: report of a regional seminar programme April-May 2004

Author:
HEALTH SCOTLAND
Publisher:
NHS Health Scotland
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The mental health and well-being of older people is a much neglected issue.  Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 65, and depression is even more common, affecting up to 1 in 6 in the same age group. Other mental health problems are at least as common among older people as they are among younger people. Older people's mental health often falls 'between two stools' because research, policy and practice frameworks in the UK tend to focus either on older people or on mental health. Age discrimination and the stigma surrounding mental illness act as a 'double whammy' that disadvantages all older people. Gaps are starting to be filled but mental health problems are still too often seen as a 'normal' part of ageing. There is a notable lack of understanding of the wide range of older people's mental health needs and how they may differ from those of younger people. As a result, these needs are not being recognised or met.

Journal article

Old before their time

Author:
ROARTY Evlynne
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.10.98, 1998, p.8.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

When dementia strikes the young, its devastating effects are often more acutely felt than when it afflicts elderly people. The author examines the added burden.

Journal article

Confusional State Evaluation (CSE): an instrument for measuring severity of delirium in the elderly

Authors:
ROBERTSSON B., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 170, June 1997, pp.565-570.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Presents the results of a study which aimed to construct a reliable and valid instrument for measuring delirium or confusional state in older people. Results of the study found that the CSE instrument was a useful and reliable measurement which can be used to follow the course of confusion.

Book

Making life better: mental health for older people

Author:
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
24p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Describes 4 research projects which provide a greater understanding of the needs of older people with dementia and mental health problems, including depression.

Journal article

Elderly patients and the Mental Health Act 1983

Authors:
GILMORE C., et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 9(10), October 1994, pp.809-818.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Reports a retrospective casenote review which was carried out in Southport on all patients over 65 years of age who were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 during the first six years of its operation. There were 132 episodes of detention affecting 120 patients. 53% were for organic illness and 47% for functional illness. the organically ill were detained most commonly because the carer was no longer able to cope or, for those living alone, because of self-neglect. The functionally ill were most commonly detained in the interests of their health alone. The majority of patients with dementia were not discharged to their previous address after being detained but to residential care. Twenty-seven per cent of the whole sample died within a year of being detained, a rate higher than in the general population.

Journal article

Self sufficiency in residence

Author:
JERVIS Margaret
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 3.5.90, 1990, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Residents at the Lore Agnes House, in Dusseldorf, suffer from mental illness, often in addition to dementia. The home offers a form of family living.

Book

Psychogeriatrics: a practical handbook

Authors:
WASYLENKI Donald A., et al
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
233p., tables, diags., bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

A practical guide for all professionals who treat mental health problems in the elderly, covering biological, psychological and sociological changes associated with ageing; diagnosis, assessment and management of mental health.

Book

Services for the elderly mentally ill in Shropshire

Authors:
BERNARD Miriam, GEE Christine
Publisher:
Shropshire. Social Services Department/Shropshire District Health Authority
Publication year:
1985
Pagination:
65p.
Place of publication:
Shrewsbury
Book

Services for the elderly with mental disability in Scotland. G.C. Timbury, Chair

Authors:
SCOTTISH HEALTH SERVICE PLANNING COUNCIL, ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WORK
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1979
Pagination:
67p.,tables.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

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