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Psychology, psychiatry and quality of life

This section considers manuscripts on quality of life, depression, loneliness, family matters, relationships, psychological wellbeing.

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  1. Antihypertensive medication use and sleep problems are highly prevalent in nursing home patients. While it is hypothesized that blood pressure and antihypertensive medication use can affect sleep, this has not...

    Authors: Elisabeth Flo-Groeneboom, Tony Elvegaard, Christine Gulla and Bettina S Husebo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:430

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Problems with mobility, functioning and social participation make living independently difficult for frail older adults. To continue living independently, therapy adherence is a prerequisite. The causes for no...

    Authors: Leen De Coninck, Anja Declercq, Leen Bouckaert, Mieke Vermandere, Maud J. L. Graff and Bert Aertgeert

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:418

    Content type: Research

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  3. Social isolation is an increasing concern for older adults who live in the community. Despite some availability of social support programs to address social isolation, their effectiveness is not routinely meas...

    Authors: Joyce Siette, Mikaela Jorgensen, Amy Nguyen, Gilbert Knaggs, Stuart Miller and Johanna I. Westbrook

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:356

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Studies suggest that a higher education and occupation are each associated with a higher late-life cognitive ability, but their inter-relationships in their association with cognitive ability and the contribut...

    Authors: Insa Feinkohl, Petra Kozma, Friedrich Borchers, Simone J. T. van Montfort, Jochen Kruppa, Georg Winterer, Claudia Spies and Tobias Pischon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:346

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Over 60% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, live in informal settlements (slums) with little or no resources. To be prepared to meet the needs of older people living in slums, it is necessary to know mor...

    Authors: Priscilla Y. A. Attafuah, Irma H. J. Everink, Ruud J. G. Halfens, Christa Lohrmann, Aaron Abuosi and Jos M. G. A. Schols

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:344

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Only a small proportion of older patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) seek professional help. Difficulties in accessing treatment may contribute to this problem. Guided self-help based on the princ...

    Authors: Philippe Landreville, Patrick Gosselin, Sébastien Grenier and Pierre-Hugues Carmichael

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:324

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Violence against older adults is a well-recognised socio-psychological and public health problem. It is uncared-for, undiagnosed, and an untreated problem that is widespread across both developed and developin...

    Authors: Debashree Sinha, Prem Shankar Mishra, Shobhit Srivastava and Pradeep Kumar

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:322

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Up to 70% of nursing home patients with dementia suffer from sleep problems. Light is the main zeitgeber to the circadian system and thus has a fundamental impact on sleep-wake behaviour. Low indoor light leve...

    Authors: Gunnhild J. Hjetland, Eirin Kolberg, Ståle Pallesen, Eirunn Thun, Inger Hilde Nordhus, Bjørn Bjorvatn and Elisabeth Flo-Groeneboom

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:312

    Content type: Research article

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  9. End of life care for residents with advanced dementia in the aged care setting is complex. There is prolonged and progressive cognitive decline, uncertain disease trajectory, significant symptom burden and inf...

    Authors: Jessica A. L. Borbasi, Allison Tong, Alison Ritchie, Christopher J. Poulos and Josephine M. Clayton

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:306

    Content type: Research article

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  10. This protocol describes an ongoing study of the impact of befriending on depression, anxiety and loneliness in older people living in residential aged care facilities in Australia. While systematic reviews of ...

    Authors: Colleen Doyle, Sunil Bhar, Christina Bryant, Briony Dow, David Dunt, George Mnatzaganian, Daniel O’Connor, Julie Ratcliffe, Emily You, Anne-Marie Bagnall, Georgia Major, Robin Harper and Marcia Fearn

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:305

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. This study assesses the internal consistency and known group validity of the Turkish version of the SPPIC, a measurement instrument to assess the self perceived pressure from informal care in family caregivers...

    Authors: Nienke van Wezel, Iris van der Heide, Walter L. J. M. Devillé, Gozde Duran, Rianne Hoopman, Marco M. Blom, Anne Margriet Pot, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:284

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Green care farms, which offer care for people with dementia in a farm setting, have been emerging in the Netherlands. The aim of this study was to 1) implement green care farms which use rice farming in Japan,...

    Authors: Chiaki Ura, Tsuyoshi Okamura, Sachiko Yamazaki, Masaya Shimmei, Keisuke Torishima, Akira Eboshida and Yu Kawamuro

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:237

    Content type: Research article

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  13. A sense of belonging is a significant predictor of mental health and well-being in later life. A sense of belonging in childhood and adolescence contributes to a number of adult behavioural and psychological o...

    Authors: Kelly-Ann Allen, Gökmen Arslan, Heather Craig, Sedigheh Arefi, Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh and Hamid Sharif Nia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:211

    Content type: Research article

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  14. In China, more and more older people have encountered a situation called “empty nest.” Meanwhile, the health status of empty-nest older adults is an increasing public health concern. This research aims to exam...

    Authors: Chichen Zhang, Yaqing Xue, Yuan Cai, Jiao Lu, Xiao Zheng, Wenpei Yuan and Yi Qian

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:209

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Dementia is a progressive disease that affects people’s everyday functioning, including the ability to express values, needs and wishes, which can be considered key elements of self-direction.

    Authors: Carola M. E. Döpp, Hermijntje Drenth, Paul-Jeroen Verkade, Anneke F. Francke and Iris van der Heide

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:195

    Content type: Research article

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  16. There is limited best- practice evidence to address behavioral and psychiatric symptoms for those with dementia in Australian rural nursing homes. This study aims to evaluate the outcomes of a person-centered,...

    Authors: Vivian Isaac, Abraham Kuot, Mohammad Hamiduzzaman, Edward Strivens and Jennene Greenhill

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:193

    Content type: Research article

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  17. This study assessed the extent to which persistent differences in self-rated health (SRH) between older immigrants and natives are attributable to negative and positive ageing perceptions.

    Authors: Anna P. Nieboer, Thijs van den Broek and Jane M. Cramm

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:190

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Caregiver burden affects the caregiver’s health and is related to the quality of care received by patients. This study aimed to determine the extent to which caregivers feel burdened when caring for patients w...

    Authors: Manee Pinyopornpanish, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Atiwat Soontornpun, Surat Tanprawate, Angkana Nadsasarn, Nahathai Wongpakaran and Tinakon Wongpakaran

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:180

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Globally, the population of oldest-old (those aged ≥80 years) is rapidly growing. This change is likely to have a deep impact on societies. Resilience is a key concept related to facilitating adaptation, and c...

    Authors: Eiki Akatsuka and Etsuko Tadaka

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:174

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The purpose of this study was (1) to develop a virtual reality (VR) intervention program based on the psychological needs of patients residing in nursing facilities in South Korea to alleviate their behavioral...

    Authors: Jung-Hee Kim, Seonmin Park and Hyeongji Lim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:167

    Content type: Research article

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  21. For the rising number of people living with dementia, cost-effective community-based interventions to support psychosocial care are needed. The FindMyApps intervention has been developed with and for people wi...

    Authors: David Peter Neal, Yvonne J. F. Kerkhof, Teake P. Ettema, Majon Muller, Judith Bosmans, Evelyn Finnema, Maud Graff, Karin Dijkstra, Max L. Stek and Rose-Marie Dröes

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:138

    Content type: Study protocol

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:244

  22. As Japanese society continues to age, the isolation of older people is increasing, and community living for people with cognitive impairment is becoming more difficult. However, the challenges faced by people ...

    Authors: Chiaki Ura, Tsuyoshi Okamura, Mika Sugiyama, Fumiko Miyamae, Mari Yamashita, Riko Nakayama, Ayako Edahiro, Tsutomu Taga, Hiroki Inagaki, Madoka Ogawa and Shuichi Awata

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:131

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Middle-aged and older adults are more vulnerable to hospitalization and mortality if they are infected with the COVID-19 virus. The present study investigates the longitudinal effects of subjective successful ...

    Authors: Dannii Y. Yeung, Edwin K. H. Chung, Alfred H. K. Lam and Alvin K. K. Ho

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:128

    Content type: Research article

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  24. There is still a lack of systematic investigation of comprehensive contextual factors of subjective well-being (SWB) among Chinese oldest-old. This study aimed to explore sociodemographic, health-related, and ...

    Authors: Gang Cheng and Yan Yan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:124

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Chronic venous leg ulcers (CVLUs) are the most common type of lower extremity wound. Even when treated with evidenced-based care, 30–50% of CVLUs fail to heal. A specific gap exists about the association betwe...

    Authors: Teresa J. Kelechi, Robin C. Muise-Helmericks, Laurie A. Theeke, Steven W. Cole, Mohan Madisetti, Martina Mueller and Margaret A. Prentice

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:118

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. Although it is well known that aging impairs navigation performance, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Egocentric strategy requires navigators to remember a series of body-turns without relying...

    Authors: Jia-Xin Zhang, Lin Wang, Hai-Yan Hou, Chun-Lin Yue, Liang Wang and Hui-Jie Li

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:108

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Dementia in the oldest-old is projected to increase exponentially as is the burden of their caregivers who may experience unique challenges and suffering. Thus, we aim to investigate which factors are associat...

    Authors: Chia-Fen Tsai, Wei-Shen Hwang, Jun-Jun Lee, Wen-Fu Wang, Ling-Chun Huang, Li-Kai Huang, Wei-Ju Lee, Pi-Shan Sung, Yi-Chien Liu, Chih-Cheng Hsu and Jong-Ling Fuh

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:59

    Content type: Research article

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  28. We aimed to propose a correction of the Lawton instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) score to take into account the possibility to have never done some activities, and measured its agreement and reliabi...

    Authors: Marine Dufournet, Claire Moutet, Sarah Achi, Floriane Delphin-Combe, Pierre Krolak-Salmon and Virginie Dauphinot

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:39

    Content type: Research article

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  29. A diagnosis of dementia presents individuals with both social and psychological challenges but research on self-stigma in dementia has been largely confined to qualitative approaches due to a lack of robust ou...

    Authors: Jem Bhatt, Charlotte R. Stoner, Katrina Scior and Georgina Charlesworth

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:34

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Providing care for someone with a disease or chronic condition can have a negative psychological, physical, social, and economic impact upon informal caregivers. Despite the socio-economic relevance and more t...

    Authors: Klaus Pfeiffer, Christina Theurer, Gisela Büchele, Ana Babac, Helene Dick and Gabriele Wilz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Decision-making capacity (DMC) in aging adults has become increasingly salient as the number of older adults, life expectancy, and the amount of wealth to be transferred from older generations have all increas...

    Authors: Sarah Wood, Klaus Bally, Christine Cabane, Patrick Fassbind, Ralf J. Jox, Thomas Leyhe, Andreas Monsch and Manuel Trachsel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:535

    Content type: Debate

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  32. Knowledge about experiences of depression among younger-old adults from the general population is limited. The aim was to explore experiences of depression in early late life.

    Authors: Therese Rydberg Sterner, Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Pia Gudmundsson, Stefan Wiktorsson, Sara Hed, Hanna Falk, Ingmar Skoog and Margda Waern

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:528

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Improving public knowledge and understanding about dementia has been identified as a priority area by people living with the condition, researchers, educators, and policymakers for several years. Societies tha...

    Authors: Gary Mitchell, Victoria McTurk, Gillian Carter and Christine Brown-Wilson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:525

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Globally, about 50 million people were living with dementia in 2015, with this number projected to triple by 2050. With no cure or effective treatment currently insight, it is vital that factors are identified...

    Authors: Dona M. P. Jayakody, Osvaldo P. Almeida, Andrew H. Ford, Marcus D. Atlas, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Peter L. Friedland, Suzanne Robinson, Marshall Makate, Lize Coetzee, Angela S. P. Liew and Leon Flicker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:508

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. The purpose of this study was to examine the differences of timewise changes in life-space mobility between elderly people living alone and those living with others among community-dwelling elderly people from...

    Authors: Chisato Hayashi, Haruka Tanaka and Soshiro Ogata

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:502

    Content type: Research article

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  36. There is a lack of evidence concerning the stressful life events experienced prior to suicide which may be associated with an increased suicide risk among Chinese rural older adults. The aim of this study was ...

    Authors: Qiqing Mo, Zhenyu Ma, Guojun Wang, Cunxian Jia, Lu Niu and Liang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:473

    Content type: Research article

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  37. International research shows that social isolation is harmful for health, especially for the elderly. Its objective and subjective dimensions are important to distinguish as each stands in a different relation...

    Authors: Maddalena Fiordelli, Gabriele Sak, Benedetta Guggiari, Peter J. Schulz and Serena Petrocchi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:472

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Older adults’ cognitive abilities can be impaired through priming of negative age stereotypes. However, it is unclear whether the effects of negative priming can be extended to episodic memory, which is believ...

    Authors: Stephen C. Y. Chan, Alma M. L. Au and Simon M. K. Lai

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:452

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Family inclusion in nursing homes is central to the provision of individualized care for people with dementia. Although positive effects can be recognized, barriers have been identified that hamper family incl...

    Authors: Ramona Backhaus, Linda J. M. Hoek, Erica de Vries, Jolanda C. M. van Haastregt, Jan P. H. Hamers and Hilde Verbeek

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:434

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Nursing homes accommodate a large number of people with severe dementia. More than 80% of residents with dementia suffer from behavioural and psychological symptoms, that can have consequences on the perceived...

    Authors: Kristina Diehl, André Kratzer and Elmar Graessel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:405

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. Nursing home elders experience many problems that may influence their quality of life, in example of cognitive, mental, nutritional and physical disabilities. Concerning about elders’ wellbeing may help them l...

    Authors: Ilky Pollansky Silva e Farias, Luiza de Almeida Souto Montenegro, Rayssa Lucena Wanderley, Jannerson Cesar Xavier de Pontes, Antonio Carlos Pereira, Leopoldina de Fátima Dantas de Almeida and Yuri Wanderley Cavalcanti

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:386

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The Aotearoa New Zealand population is ageing accompanied by health and social challenges including significant inequities that exist between Māori and non-Māori around poor ageing and health. Although histori...

    Authors: Brendan Hokowhitu, John G. Oetzel, Mary Louisa Simpson, Sophie Nock, Rangimahora Reddy, Pare Meha, Kirsten Johnston, Anne-Marie Jackson, Bevan Erueti, Poia Rewi, Isaac Warbrick, Michael P. Cameron, Yingsha Zhang and Stacey Ruru

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:377

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. China owns he largest aged population in the world, and the elderly adults who live in pension institutions are more likely to suffer from mental disorders than other elderly adults. The purpose of this study ...

    Authors: Jun Zhang, Yingying Zhang, Zhenggang Luan, Xiujie Zhang, Haoran Jiang and Aiping Wang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:374

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Patient preferences are integral to person-centred care, but preference stability is poorly understood in older people, who may experience fluctuant illness trajectories with episodes of acute illness. We aime...

    Authors: S. N. Etkind, N. Lovell, A. E. Bone, P. Guo, C. Nicholson, F. E. M. Murtagh and I. J. Higginson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:370

    Content type: Research article

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