Late-life anxiety is coming of age

  title={Late-life anxiety is coming of age},
  author={Aartjan T. F. Beekman and Richard C. Oude Voshaar and Nancy A. Pachana},
  journal={International Psychogeriatrics},
  pages={1053 - 1056}
Anxiety is an adaptive human experience that may occur at all ages and serves to help draw attention to, avoid or cope with immanent threat and danger. Given its evolutionary importance, it has strong genetic and biological underpinnings, and when it serves that adaptive function for the organism, anxiety may be viewed as useful. However, complex adaptive systems, such as our adaptation to threat or stress, by definition provide many and often interrelated points of breakdown or dysregulation… 
Commentary for special edition on anxiety
  • C. Bryant
  • Psychology
    International Psychogeriatrics
  • 2015
This impressive collection of papers encompasses key themes at the heart of current research on anxiety in older adults, confirming that the study of anxiety in older adults has, indeed come of age
Coping Styles with Anxiety in Patients with Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy
This correlation-descriptive study carried out on 276 patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy in university hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences during 2013-2014 found problem focused coping style was used significantly higher than emotional focused coping styles by Patients with cancer.


Predictors of anxiety in centenarians: health, economic factors, and loneliness
Results suggest that along with health status, income inadequacy related to medical expenses and feeling lonely may predispose centenarians to clinically significant anxiety and be important to their overall well-being.
Comorbid anxiety disorders in late-life depression: results of a cohort study
Determinants of comorbid anxiety disorders were a lower age, female sex, less education, higher depression severity, early traumatization, neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness, while determinants differed across the specific anxiety disorders.
Development and validation of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory
Initial clinical testing indicates that the GAI is a new 20-item self-report or nurse-administered scale that measures dimensional anxiety in elderly people that has sound psychometric properties and is able to discriminate between those with and without any anxiety disorder and between those without and without DSM-IV GAD.
Anxiety disorders in older adults: a comprehensive review
Prevalence and symptom expression of anxiety disorders in late life, as well as risk factors, comorbidity, cognitive decline, age of onset, and treatment efficacy for older adults are reviewed.
Behavioral correlates of anxiety in well-functioning older adults
Anxiety in older adults is not only linked to poor health, but also to dysfunctional social behavior, loneliness, boredom and experiential avoidance.
Barriers to treatment for older adults seeking psychological therapy
More attention is needed to educate older adults and professionals about the need for, and effectiveness of, psychological therapies for older adults with anxiety and depression to reduce this barrier to help seeking.
Experimental examination of worry among older and young adults
Preliminary evidence is provided for the characterization of late-life worry as generating less anxiety than worry during young adulthood, as well as similarities and differences in the experience of worry for older and young adults.
Psychometric properties of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and its short-form (GAI-SF) in a clinical and non-clinical sample of older adults
Both GAI and GAI-SF show good psychometric properties for identifying geriatric anxiety, and the GAI may be a useful alternative screening measure for identifying anxiety in older adults.
Geriatric Anxiety Scale: item response theory analysis, differential item functioning, and creation of a ten-item short form (GAS-10)
This study is the first to use item response theory (IRT) to examine the psychometric properties of a measure of anxiety in older adults and indicated that the GAS and GAS-10 have strong Psychometric properties among older adults.