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Government Under Pressure To Remove ‘Discriminatory’ Rule On Elderly Mental Health Care

This post originally featured on the Sydney Morning Herald.  The federal government is under mounting pressure to rescind a "blatantly discriminatory" Medicare rule that bars nursing home residents from accessing key psychological treatments, as the Mental Health Commission of NSW joins calls for its repeal. Saying it was "not tolerable" that the

Loneliness May Be a Precursor to Alzheimer’s Disease

November 08, 2016 This article originally appeared on Neurology Advisor. Recognition of self-reported symptoms that may appear at early onset of amyloid accumulation, such as loneliness, point to opportunities for preventive therapies. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, led by Nancy Donovan, MD, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and

Depression May Accelerate Brain Aging

Greater age-related decreases in volume of the putamen were observed in participants diagnosed with major depressive disorder compared with those of healthy controls. Individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) present with accelerated aging of certain brain structures such as the putamen. Published in Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, the study

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

October 07, 2016 Share this content: The extent or severity of physical ailments and functional impairment needs to be carefully examined in order to successfully prevent suicide in late life. Rates of suicide for both genders increase significantly with advancing age, with the 85-and-older age group being at the highest risk. In the

High Thyroid Hormone Levels May Increase Dementia Risk

September 28, 2016 This article originally appeared on Neurology Advisor. Share this content: One hypothesis is that thyroid function affects dementia risk through nonvascular pathways. High and high-normal thyroid function is linked to greater risk of developing dementia, but not vascular brain disease, according to research published in Neurology.1 Previous research has outlined a definitive