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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. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies show conflicting results regarding the association between cognition and life-space mobility, and little is known regarding the mediators and moderators of the associat...

    Authors: François Béland, Dominic Julien, Nathalie Bier, Johanne Desrosiers, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat and Louise Demers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:227

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  2. Social wellbeing factors such as loneliness and social support have a major impact on the health of older adults and can contribute to physical and mental wellbeing. However, with increasing age, social contac...

    Authors: Gabrielle Lindsay-Smith, Grant O’Sullivan, Rochelle Eime, Jack Harvey and Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:226

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  3. With an ageing population and widening indications for pacemakers implantation, the number of persons carrying an implant is steadily increasing. The routine follow-up is thus a heavy burden for the respective...

    Authors: Antonio Lopez-Villegas, Daniel Catalan-Matamoros, Remedios Lopez-Liria, Terje Enebakk, Hilde Thunhaug and Knut Tore Lappegård

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:223

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  4. The objectives of this study with a large sample of informal caregivers (CG) were a) to compare health-related outcomes of CGs caring for a patient with dementia and those caring for a relative with another ch...

    Authors: Nina Karg, Elmar Graessel, Ottilie Randzio and Anna Pendergrass

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:189

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  5. Geriatric depression is a societal problem, specifically in those living alone in Korea. This study aims are to investigate (1) how sociodemographic factors, health status, and health behaviors are differently...

    Authors: Heejung Kim, Sooyoung Kwon, Soyun Hong and Sangeun Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:186

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  6. Dementia affects cognitive functioning, physical functioning, activities of daily living (ADLs), and quality of life (QOL). Pharmacological treatments to manage, cure or prevent dementia remain controversial. ...

    Authors: Marelle Heesterbeek, Eddy A. Van der Zee and Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:182

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Motivational abilities (MA), that describe skills in relation to goal-oriented behavior, have recently been found to be associated with neuropathological aging. Here we examine the impact of MA on the long-ter...

    Authors: Myriam V. Thoma, Simon Forstmeier, Roger Schmid, Oliver Kellner, Franziskos Xepapadakos, Ursula Schreiter Gasser, Andreas Blessing, Axel Ropohl, Gabriela Bieri-Brüning, Dries Debeer and Andreas Maercker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:181

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  8. Multimorbidity is recognized as a major public health issue that increases with age and affects approximately two-thirds of older people in Canada, the US, Australia and many European countries. This study dev...

    Authors: Andrew Wister, Scott Lear, Nadine Schuurman, Dawn MacKey, Barbara Mitchell, Theodore Cosco and Ian Fyffe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:170

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  9. Evaluation of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is necessary to ensure optimal management. Several scales for assessing HRQoL of patients with AD exist, in partic...

    Authors: Coralie Barbe, Damien Jolly, Isabella Morrone, Aurore Wolak-Thierry, Moustapha Dramé, Jean-Luc Novella and Rachid Mahmoudi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:159

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  10. The prevalence of major depression (MD) according to population studies is the same for old (65 years and older) and younger adults. In contrast, an elevated proportion of old MD patients are hospitalized comp...

    Authors: Torfinn Lødøen Gaarden, Knut Engedal, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Marianne Larsen, Bernhard Lorentzen, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Tor Magne Bjølseth and Albert Castellheim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:149

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  11. Previous studies have demonstrated that life story work has positive effects when used on older adults. This study aimed to examine the effect of life story work on the general mental well-being, self-esteem, ...

    Authors: Claudia K. Y. Lai, Ayumi Igarashi, Clare T. K. Yu and Kenny C. W. Chin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:119

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  12. Pre-death grief (PDG) is a key challenge faced by caregivers of persons with dementia (PWD). Marwit-Meuser Caregiver Grief Inventory (MM-CGI) and its abbreviated MM-CGI-Short-Form (MM-CGI-SF) are among the few...

    Authors: Tau Ming Liew, Philip Yap, Nan Luo, Soo Boon Hia, Gerald Choon-Huat Koh and Bee Choo Tai

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:114

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  13. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are universal and associated with multiple negative outcomes. This pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluated the effect of using the WeCareAdvis...

    Authors: Helen C. Kales, Laura N. Gitlin, Barbara Stanislawski, H. Myra Kim, Katherine Marx, Molly Turnwald, Claire Chiang and Constantine G. Lyketsos

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:113

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  14. Psychotropic medications have been associated with many adverse outcomes in older people living in residential care. Home-like models of residential care may be preferable to traditional models of care and we ...

    Authors: Stephanie L. Harrison, Clare Bradley, Rachel Milte, Enwu Liu, Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell, Sarah N. Hilmer and Maria Crotty

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:60

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  15. Despite the large literature analysing factors related to depression, several factors such as caregiving obligation and the interrelationships among the different variables relating to depression have been lit...

    Authors: Rafael del -Pino-Casado, Pedro A. Palomino-Moral, Maria del Mar Pastor-Bravo and Antonio Frías-Osuna

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:274

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  16. Most research on multidimensional frailty focuses on deficits and risks of adverse outcomes. However, although some frail older people report a low quality of life (QoL), others still report a relatively high ...

    Authors: Anne van der Vorst, G. A. Rixt Zijlstra, Nico De Witte, Ruth G. M. Vogel, Jos M. G. A. Schols and Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:251

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  17. Little is known about the general medicines management issues for people with dementia living in the community. This review has three aims: firstly to explore and evaluate the international literature on how p...

    Authors: Lydia Aston, Andrea Hilton, Tiago Moutela, Rachel Shaw and Ian Maidment

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:242

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  18. Our ageing society is putting tremendous strain on public health and welfare programs to meet the needs of ageing individuals. Promoting informal caregiving is one way for policymakers to reduce this burden. H...

    Authors: Silke F. Metzelthin, Ellen Verbakel, Marja Y. Veenstra, Job van Exel, Antonius W. Ambergen and Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:232

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  19. Due to a rapidly ageing population in the world, it is increasingly pertinent to promote successful ageing strategies which are cost-effective, easily accessible, and more likely to be acceptable to the elderl...

    Authors: Hui Yu Chan, Roger Chun-Man Ho, Rathi Mahendran, Kheng Siang Ng, Wilson Wai-San Tam, Iris Rawtaer, Chay Hoon Tan, Anis Larbi, Lei Feng, Angelia Sia, Maxel Kian-Wee Ng, Goh Lee Gan and Ee Heok Kua

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:192

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Living independently can be challenging for seniors. Technologies are expected to help older adults age in place, yet little empirical research is available on how seniors develop a need for technologies, how the...

    Authors: S. T. M. Peek, K. G. Luijkx, H. J. M. Vrijhoef, M. E. Nieboer, S. Aarts, C. S. van der Voort, M. D. Rijnaard and E. J. M. Wouters

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:189

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  21. Family carers of older persons with Alzheimer’s’ disease and related dementia (ADRD) and multiple chronic conditions (MCC) experience significant, complex, and distressing transitions such as changes to their ...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Jenny Ploeg, Carrie McAiney, Kathryn Fisher, Jenny Swindle, Tracey Chambers, Sunita Ghosh, Shelley Peacock, Maureen Markle-Reid, Jean Triscott, Allison Williams, Dorothy Forbes and Lori Pollard

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:181

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  22. Despite the finding that involvement in activities is one of the most important needs of residents with dementia living in care homes, care facilities struggle to fulfill this need. Over the years, various fac...

    Authors: Dieneke Smit, Jacomine de Lange, Bernadette Willemse and Anne Margriet Pot

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:175

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  23. Unpaid, informal carers or caregivers play an important role in supporting people living with dementia but the role can be challenging and carers themselves may benefit from support. Alzheimer’s, dementia or m...

    Authors: Nan Greenwood, Raymond Smith, Farrukh Akhtar and Angela Richardson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:164

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  24. Many interventions aim to alleviate well-documented problems of malnutrition in residential care homes and improve residents’ health and wellbeing. Despite some positive findings, little is known about how and wh...

    Authors: Ross Watkins, Victoria A. Goodwin, Rebecca A. Abbott, Abi Hall and Mark Tarrant

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:141

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  25. In order to better understand people in demanding medical situations, an awareness of existential concerns is important. Studies performed over the last twenty years conclude that when dying and death come clo...

    Authors: Helena Larsson, Margareta Rämgård and Ingrid Bolmsjö

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:138

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  26. Many studies have examined the mental health of carers of people with dementia. Few have examined their experiences in the advanced stages of disease and into bereavement. We aimed to understand the experience...

    Authors: Kirsten J Moore, Sarah Davis, Anna Gola, Jane Harrington, Nuriye Kupeli, Victoria Vickerstaff, Michael King, Gerard Leavey, Irwin Nazareth, Louise Jones and Elizabeth L. Sampson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:135

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  27. To investigate risk factors associated with low subjective well-being (SWB) in men and women (≥65 years) separately with a special focus on emotional distress.

    Authors: Karoline Lukaschek, Anushiya Vanajan, Hamimatunnisa Johar, Nina Weiland and Karl-Heinz Ladwig

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:126

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  28. Dementia has a high burden for patients, informal caregivers and society. Given changes in care systems, more persons with dementia will live longer at home. However, living at home (with dementia) with a good...

    Authors: Teuntje R Elfrink, Sytse U Zuidema, Miriam Kunz and Gerben J Westerhof

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:95

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  29. To validate the short version of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis against the standard version of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis and clinical diagnosis and examine concurrent validity with the World Health Organisat...

    Authors: Edimansyah Abdin, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Boon Yiang Chua, Martin Prince, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:94

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  30. The MEETINGDEM study aims to implement and evaluate an innovative, inclusive, approach to supporting community dwelling people with mild to moderate dementia and their family carers, called the Meeting Centers...

    Authors: R. M. Dröes, F. J. M. Meiland, S. Evans, D. Brooker, E. Farina, D. Szcześniak, L. D. Van Mierlo, M. Orrell, J. Rymaszewska and R. Chattat

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:79

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  31. Exercise interventions to prevent dementia and delay cognitive decline have gained considerable attention in recent years. Human and animal studies have demonstrated that regular physical activity targets brai...

    Authors: Kate E. Devenney, Marit L. Sanders, Brian Lawlor, Marcel G. M. Olde Rikkert and Stefan Schneider

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:75

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:112

  32. The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of the elderly population of Yi ethnic minority, which is the seventh largest nationality in China, has been rarely reported. This study was designed to explore the H...

    Authors: Lingyun Ran, Xiaodong Jiang, Baogang Li, Hongqian Kong, Mengqi Du, Xiaolan Wang, Hua Yu and Qin Liu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:74

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  33. Positive psychology research in dementia care has largely been confined to the qualitative literature because of the lack of robust outcome measures. The aim of this study was to develop positive psychology ou...

    Authors: Charlotte R. Stoner, Martin Orrell, Maria Long, Emese Csipke and Aimee Spector

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:72

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  34. Research has confirmed a positive link between patient involvement in decision-making and improvements in health outcomes. The objective of this study was to examine the roles of psychological empowerment and ...

    Authors: Gabriele Sak, Fabia Rothenfluh and Peter J. Schulz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:59

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  35. Ageing of society is a significant challenge to public health, both socially and health wise. Adaptation to illness and its acceptance play an important role in control and patients’ self-control in many disea...

    Authors: Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak and Urszula Cwalina

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:46

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  36. Sense of Coherence (SOC) is defined as a tendency to perceive life experiences as comprehensible, manageable and meaningful. The construct is split in three major domains: Comprehensibility, Manageability, and...

    Authors: Javier Virues-Ortega, Saturio Vega, Manuel Seijo-Martinez, Pedro Saz, Fernanda Rodriguez, Angel Rodriguez-Laso, Susana Perez de las Heras, Raimundo Mateos, Pablo Martinez-Martin, Ignacio Mahillo-Fernandez, Josep Garre-Olmo, Jordi Gascon, Francisco Jose Garcia-Garcia, Manuel Fernandez-Martinez, Felix Bermejo-Pareja, Alberto Bergareche…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:42

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  37. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is a key indicator of elderly people’s health status that can be affected by different factors. However, little is known about which variables are associated with it in fu...

    Authors: Mónica Machón, Isabel Larrañaga, Miren Dorronsoro, Kalliopi Vrotsou and Itziar Vergara

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:19

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  38. Aging raises wide-ranging issues within social, economic, welfare, and health care systems. Life satisfaction (LS) is regarded as an indicator of quality of life which, in turn, is associated with mortality an...

    Authors: Hyun Ja Lim, Dae Kee Min, Lilian Thorpe and Chel Hee Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:197

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  39. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) for their sedative and anxiolytic effects. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between benzodiazep...

    Authors: Lynna Chen, J. Simon Bell, Renuka Visvanathan, Sarah N. Hilmer, Tina Emery, Leonie Robson, Jessica M. Hughes and Edwin C. K. Tan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:196

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  40. It is widely assumed that poor health lowers life satisfaction when ageing. Yet, research suggests this relationship is not straightforward. This study investigated how older people evaluate their life when fa...

    Authors: Thomas Puvill, Jolanda Lindenberg, Antonius J. M. de Craen, Joris P. J. Slaets and Rudi G. J. Westendorp

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:194

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  41. The experiences of people with cancer and organ disease have been described across different dimensions of need as they approach death. Such information is lacking for frail older people approaching death, but...

    Authors: Anna Lloyd, Marilyn Kendall, John M. Starr and Scott A. Murray

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:176

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