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The world is aging. According to the World Health Organization, we can expect the over-60 population to double worldwide between 2015 and 2050. Considering 15% of these individuals struggle with some form of mental health disorder, and that neurological and mental issues account for more than 6% of...
Dr. Ipsit Vahia provides independent feedback to the results of a new clinical trial examining the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction training and exercise for older adults.
Dr. Brent P. Forester offers feedback to report findings of a new experimental Alzheimer’s disease clinical drug trial.
As we age, many circumstances can contribute to declining mental health. Medical conditions, medications, psychological experiences like grief, and social stressors, including isolation, often play a role. Cognitive decline, frailty, and fall risk are among the unique risk factors for mental health...
Presented by Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, and Alexis Freedberg, MD, McLean Hospital – McLean Forum lecture
Dr. Ipsit Vahia explores a new paper that argues that older adults should be included in the clinical trials of psychedelic assisted therapy.
Watch Dr. Ipsit Vahia discuss the increase in older Americans willing to seek out mental health services since the start of the pandemic.
Dementia. The mere mention of cognitive decline is usually enough to send chills down the spines of older Americans and their family members. While there is broad recognition of the devastating impact of living with illnesses that include symptoms affecting memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s...
Dr. Brent P. Forester discusses McLean’s clinical trial studying a new, experimental Alzheimer’s disease medication.
Dr. Stephanie Collier helps launch a new newsletter focused on geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Brent P. Forester warns that as the “baby boomer” population ages, the U.S. will see a rapid increase in the rate of individuals with neurocognitive disorders.
Dr. Brent P. Forester stresses the need for improved screening and reinforcement of care at the earliest stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Mounted on the wall in David’s room at an assisted living facility west of Boston is a small, white box. It emits a low hum, but otherwise, it is hard to know it is there. But, while people in the room may not notice the box, the box is noticing everything that goes on in the room. The box houses a...
Presented by James M. Wilkins, MD, DPhil, McLean Hospital – McLean Forum lecture
Presented by Olivia I. Okereke, MD, MS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Visiting Scholar Series
In the Media: ‘I Miss Everything. I Miss Everybody’ – Depression Rates for Seniors Are Soaring Amid COVID-19
Dr. Ipsit Vahia cites an increase in the rates of depression and anxiety among older adults.
Dr. Brent P. Forester explores how leaving the workforce can trigger depression and other mental health issues in older adults.
On October 1, Ipsit Vahia, MD, took on the newly created roles of associate chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of Digital Psychiatry Translation at McLean Hospital. Previously, Vahia had been medical director for both McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services and...
Dr. Dawn E. Sugarman and others discuss the impact of alcohol use on older adults.
Presented by Yeates Conwell, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center In this talk, Conwell outlines special aspects of suicide in older adults, and the issues that make suicide in this population challenging to address. He provides a framework that conceptualizes the topic and suggests treatment...