Aging and Mental Health (AGING MENT HEALTH)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Aging & Mental Health provides a forum for the rapidly expanding field which investigates the relationship between the aging process and mental health. The international impact of the journal is now well recognized. It has readers in over 30 countries, a good impact factor and has been accepted for coverage in MEDLINE, Current Contents and other widely used indexing systems. The journal addresses the mental changes associated with normal and abnormal or pathological aging, as well as the psychological and psychiatric problems of the aging population. Aging & Mental Health covers the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging as they relate to mental health. In particular it encourages an integrated approach between the various biopsychosocial processes and etiological factors associated with psychological changes in the elderly. It also emphasizes the various strategies, therapies and services which may be directed at improving the mental health of the elderly. In this way the journal has a strong alliance between the theoretical, experimental and applied sciences across a range of issues affecting mental health and aging. The journal provides an original and dynamic focus to help integrate the normal and abnormal aspects of mental health in aging. In addition, theoretical issues can be set in the context of the important new practical developments in this field.

Current impact factor: 1.75

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.751
2013 Impact Factor 1.781
2012 Impact Factor 1.677
2011 Impact Factor 1.368
2010 Impact Factor 1.316
2009 Impact Factor 1.127
2008 Impact Factor 1.291
2007 Impact Factor 1.264
2006 Impact Factor 1.197

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.26
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.75
Website Aging & Mental Health website
Other titles Aging & mental health (Online), Aging and mental health
ISSN 1360-7863
OCLC 37914852
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Several risk and protective factors are associated with changes in cognitive functioning in aging adults - including physical health, depression, physical activity, and social activities - though the findings for participation in social activities are mixed. This study investigated the longitudinal association between social participation and two domains of cognitive functioning, memory and executive function. A primary goal of our analyses was to determine whether social participation predicted cognitive functioning over-and-above physical health, depression, and physical activity in a sample with adequate power to detect unique effects. The sample included aging adults (N = 19,832) who participated in a large, multi-national study and provided data across six years; split into two random subsamples. Unique associations between the predictors of interest and cognitive functioning over time and within occasion were assessed in a latent curve growth model. Social participation predicted both domains of cognitive functioning at each occasion, and the relative magnitude of this effect was comparable to physical health, depression, and physical activity level. In addition, social participation at the first time point predicted change in cognitive functioning over time. The substantive results in the initial sample were replicated in the second independent subsample. Overall, the magnitude of the association of social participation is comparable to other well-established predictors of cognitive functioning, providing evidence that social participation plays an important role in cognitive functioning and successful aging.
    Aging and Mental Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1081152
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    ABSTRACT: The current practice of prescribing psychotropic medication for the management of dementia-related behavioral disturbances is under substantial debate. Using Pearlin's stress process model as theoretical underpinning, the aim of this investigation is to identify caregiver and care recipient characteristics as predictors of anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and antidepressant use among community-dwelling dementia patients. We hypothesized that caregiving burden and patient characteristics, particularly behavior disturbances and pain, would be positively associated with psychotropic medication use. Data for this exploratory, cross-sectional study were drawn from the baseline assessment of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health II trial. Only participants with full baseline information were examined (N = 598). Caregiver characteristics, such as confidence managing problematic behaviors, and care recipient characteristics including pain, problem behaviors, cognitive impairment, and functional impairment, were examined in relation to care recipient psychotropic medication use. Contrary to our hypothesis, behavioral disturbances and burden associated with these disturbances were not significantly associated with psychotropic use. Rather, caregiver characteristics such as race and overall vigilance, and care recipient characteristics such as cognitive status, functional status, and pain were significantly associated with the use of psychotropic medication. Findings differed by class of medication. These exploratory findings suggest the utility of a holistic approach to understanding the factors associated with pharmacotherapy among community-dwelling elders with dementia. Significant associations between caregiver characteristics and care recipient psychotropic medication use suggest that educating caregivers in non-pharmacologic strategies hold promise for a more balanced biopsychosocial approach to maintaining dementia patients in the community.
    Aging and Mental Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1075960
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study examined the relationship between changes in perceived discrimination and changes in depressive symptoms among older people. The association between perceived age discrimination and depressive symptoms was also analyzed longitudinally along with tests to determine whether self-perception of aging mediates this association. Method: Data from two waves (2008 and 2012) of the Health and Retirement Study were used. Longitudinal models were tested using a nationally representative sample of 3921 participants who responded to psychosocial questionnaires in both waves and answered questions about perceived everyday discrimination and attributions of discrimination in 2008. Results: Changes in perceived discrimination was significantly associated with changes in depressive symptoms over time. Perceived age discrimination was significantly related to a change in depressive symptoms over four years and self-perceptions of aging mediated the relationship between perceived age discrimination and depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Findings demonstrate the importance of recognizing perceived discrimination and negative self-perceptions of aging as well as how the negative effects of age discrimination on self-perceptions of aging can be risk factors for the development of depressive symptoms in late life.
    Aging and Mental Health 08/2015; 19(8). DOI:10.1080/13607863.2014.962007
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study are to assess in a sample of older adults consulting in primary care practices the determinants and quality of life associated with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS).
    Aging and Mental Health 03/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Incidences of overactive bladder (OAB) and cognitive dysfunction increase with aging. Treatment of OAB with antimuscarinic agents may result in cognitive decline, especially in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of antimuscarinic treatment on cognitive functions, depression, and quality of life (QOL) of patients with OAB. Methods: This non-interventional prospective observational study was conducted in a geriatric medicine outpatient clinic. Overall, 168 OAB patients were enrolled. Patients were followed up in five groups: oxybutynin, darifenacin, tolterodine, trospium, and control groups. Follow-up visits were done at second, third, and sixth months. Comprehensive geriatric assessment, cognitive and mood assessment, QOL scales (IIQ-7, UDI-6) were performed. Results: Mean age of the patients was 73.5 ± 6.1. Of the 168 patients, 92.3% were female, 83.3% benefited from the treatment, and 37.1% discontinued the medication. Discontinuation rate and frequency of side effects were more frequent in the oxybutynin group. Mini Mental State Examination scores did not decline after treatment, even in AD patients. Geriatric Depression Scale scores, Activities of Daily Living scores, and QOL scores significantly improved after treatment. Conclusion: Antimuscarinic agents are effective in OAB treatment. They have a positive impact on daily life activities, depression, and QOL indices. Furthermore, they do not have a negative effect on cognitive function in older adults with or without AD.
    Aging and Mental Health 03/2015; 19(3):217-223. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2014.922528
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: In light of mixed evidence regarding the associations between age, emotional complexity, and psychological distress, this study examined emotional complexity and its effect on psychological distress as a function of age and subjective distance-to-death. Method: A sample of 188 participants (age range = 29-100) rated their subjective distance-to-death and psychological distress, and reported their emotions across 14 days. Results: Emotional complexity was unrelated to age, but negatively related to feeling closer to death. Moreover, emotional complexity was negatively related to psychological distress among those feeling closer to death. Conclusion: Results suggest that when death is perceived to be nearer, emotional complexity is hampered, yet becomes relevant in buffering psychological distress.
    Aging and Mental Health 01/2015; 19(12). DOI:10.1080/13607863.2014.995592