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The prevalence of depression among nursing home residents was estimated by screening a group of residents selected from a random sample on the basis of cognitive status; it ranged from 18-20% for major depression to 27-44% for other dysphoric states. Though individual patients were observed to change over a 6-month period, depression as assessed with the(More)
Mental status instruments that have been used in assessing the cognitive status of elderly adults have focused primarily on orientation and remote memory. In this study the Extended Mental Status Questionnaire (EMSQ) and the Philadelphia Geriatric Center (PGC) Delayed Memory Test were found to be the best combined predictors of clinical judgment of senile(More)
Although the death of an adult child is not uncommon, little is known about its impact on elderly parents. This study examined changes in health, functional activities, family cohesion, and psychological well-being among eighteen bereaved elderly mothers. Changes were reported in all areas, but especially striking was the high level of psychological(More)
Sir Martin Roth has stated, "where there is depression, there is hope," to emphasize the fact that depression can be a treatable source of excess disability, even when it is superimposed upon irreversible chronic medical illness. Both the potential benefits and the risks of antidepressant medications are increased in the frail elderly. This article presents(More)
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