NIMH Pages About Older Adults
Publications About Older Adults
- Older Adults and Depression
- Depression is not a normal part of aging. This brochure describes the signs, symptoms, and treatment options of depression in older adults. En Español
Science News About Older Adults
- Ethnic Disparities Persist in Depression Diagnosis and Treatment Among Older Americans
Older racial and ethnic minorities living in the community are less likely to be diagnosed with depression than their white counterparts, but are also less likely to get treated, according to a recent NIMH-funded analysis published online ahead of print December 15, 2011, in the American Journal of Public Health.
- Use of Antipsychotics in Alzheimer’s Patients May Lead to Detrimental Metabolic Changes
Atypical antipsychotic medications are associated with weight gain and other metabolic changes among patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent analysis of data from the NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness—Alzheimer’s Disease (CATIE-AD) study. The study was published online ahead of print April 15, 2009, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
- Brain Awareness Week Teaches Kids How Their Brains Work
The 10th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a science and health education fair held in various locations across the United States, teaches fifth through eighth grade students about the brain. In Washington, D.C., it will take place March 16-20, 2009, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Several institutes from the National Institutes of Health will provide interactive exhibits and lectures focusing on brain health and neuroscience on March 18th and 19th.
- Health Care Costs Much Higher for Older Adults with Depression Plus Other Medical Conditions
Medicare participants who have diabetes or congestive heart failure as well as depression have significantly higher health care costs than their counterparts who do not have co-existing depression, according to a recent NIMH-funded analysis published online ahead of print January 16, 2009, in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.
- Antipsychotic Medications May Ease Some Alzheimer’s Symptoms, Not Others
Antipsychotic medications may lessen symptoms like hostility and aggression in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, but do not appear to lessen other symptoms or improve quality of life, according to a recent analysis of data from the NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness Alzheimer’s Disease (CATIE-AD) study.
Meeting Summaries About Older Adults
- Current Issues in Psychosocial Intervention Research in Late-Life Mental Disorders
September 01, 2006
NIMH’s Geriatrics Research Branch in the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development (DATR) organized this multidisciplinary workshop, held in Arlington, Virginia in September 2006.