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Mental Health Information
March 2016 - Vol. 20 Issue 3
Published by athealth.com

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CONTENTS:

  1. Alzheimer's Disease Quiz
  2. Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
  3. Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists
  4. Caregiver Care
  5. Minding the Aging Brain: Are We Ready for Personalized Medicine?
  6. 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
  7. Alzheimer's Disease
  8. Evaluation of Suspected Dementia
  9. Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Quality of Life for Individuals with Dementia
  10. Who’s Responsible for Granny?

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1.  Alzheimer's Disease Quiz
How much do you know about Alzheimer's?
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

2.  Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
The USPSTF concludes that the evidence on screening for cognitive impairment is lacking and that the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.
U.S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE (USPSTF)

3.  Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists
The specific goal of this handbook is to review psychological assessment of six civil capacities of
particular importance to older adults, namely, medical consent capacity, sexual consent capacity, financial capacity, testamentary capacity, capacity to drive, and capacity to live independently.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) / AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

4.  Caregiver Care
Additional support and anticipatory guidance for the care recipient and caregiver are particularly helpful during care transitions and at the care recipient’s end of life.
AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN

5. Minding the Aging Brain: Are We Ready for Personalized Medicine?
After cognitively normal older adults learn they have the ε4 allele of the APOE gene that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, they perform worse on measures of subjective and objective cognition compared with older adults who have this genotype but do not know their genotype.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

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6. 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death. Includes a Special Report on Disclosing
a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

7. Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

8. Evaluation of Suspected Dementia
Dementia and depression share many signs in older persons, including apathy, the inability to concentrate, societal withdrawal, and dramatic changes in mood and affect.
AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN

9. Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Quality of Life for Individuals with Dementia
Individuals with cognitive impairment, their family members, and their care providers have all identified “quality of life” as a central goal in the treatment of dementia.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

10. Who’s Responsible for Granny?
Most older people do not live in nursing homes or in assisted living facilities but in their own or their family members’ homes, where overwhelmingly they want to be.
AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS

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