Seniors with Dementia Feel Trapped at Home

A new report released by the Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that many older adults with dementia are increasingly feeling isolated from the rest of society.  35 percent of seniors with dementia said that they leave their home once a week or less while 10 percent left their residence only once a month or less.

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The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Springer

We identified high prevalence rates of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer. The findings support that the prevalence of depression and anxiety among adults with cancer should receive more attention in Chinese medical settings.

via The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Chinese adults with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Springer.

On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists

On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists.

CHEST Journal | Article

Depression and anxiety are common in older people with chronic diseases. They are often associated with increased disability and health-care utilization and with poor health status.1-3 Comorbid untreated anxiety and/or depression tend to persist, have relapsing courses, and are associated with increased vulnerability to social isolation, low self-esteem and confidence, nonadherence to medical treatment, and increased mortality.1,3-6

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The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study – Lam – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

Most women with ABC did not experience psychological distress over 12 months following diagnosis of ABC. Preventive interventions should focus on women at risk of high persistent distress and reducing rumination, providing emotional support, and managing physical symptoms.

via The evolution of psychological distress trajectories in women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer: a longitudinal study – Lam – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.

Few head and neck cancer survivors seek mental help: MedlinePlus

Survivors of cancers of the head and neck, including those of the tongue and thyroid, often suffer from depression but rarely seek treatment, according to a new study.

via Few head and neck cancer survivors seek mental help: MedlinePlus.

Depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms in older cancer patients: a comparison across age groups – Cohen – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

Nonlinear relations exist between age and psychological symptoms, which is in line with the postponement of age-related health and functional decline in the modern era. These results suggest that the study of psychological reactions to cancer should examine differences between age groups among older cancer patients. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

via Depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms in older cancer patients: a comparison across age groups – Cohen – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.

Subjective stressors moderate effectiveness of a multi-component, multi-site intervention on caregiver depression and burden – Hatch – 2013 – International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library

Results suggest greater intervention efficacy among caregivers experiencing subjective stress.

via Subjective stressors moderate effectiveness of a multi-component, multi-site intervention on caregiver depression and burden – Hatch – 2013 – International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library.

Predicting changes in posttraumatic growth and subjective well-being among breast cancer survivors: the role of social support and stress – McDonough – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

There are distinct predictors of change in PTG and subjective well-being among BC survivors, supporting the distinction between the trauma-specific process of PTG and well-being.

via Predicting changes in posttraumatic growth and subjective well-being among breast cancer survivors: the role of social support and stress – McDonough – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.

The epidemiology of psychiatric disorders among women with breast cancer in South Korea: analysis of national registry data – Kang – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

The incidence rates of psychiatric disorders in Korean women with breast cancer from the nationwide database were much lower than found by previous reports using screening tools. The finding implicates that psychiatric disorders among breast cancer patients tend to be underdiagnosed and undertreated in actual clinical practice. Our epidemiological findings provide important information for establishing a national strategy of cancer care to detect and manage psychiatric problems.

via The epidemiology of psychiatric disorders among women with breast cancer in South Korea: analysis of national registry data – Kang – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.