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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 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

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Reminiscing activity groups are commonly seen in various elder care settings This study addresses the impact of reminiscence activity groups, specifically a program where group members create their own mementos, on healthy Jewish elders' sense of satisfaction and meaning. In particular, this research focused on the specific factors involved in creating the mementos themselves. Method: In this mixed methods study, occupational therapy graduate students synthesized relevant aspects of commonly used activity analysis forms into a matrix to analyze the activities. From a pool of 30 activities, students chose seven representing many factors and levels of complexity. With a matrix composed of a Likert scale and open-ended questions, students and Jewish elders explored the elders' perceptions of factors significantly related to their experiences when creating the seven mementos. Results: Memento-making was most satisfying when elders were replicated in some way, such as with hand casting. Least satisfying activities were those that could lead to talents being appraised, such as painted self-portraits. Unanticipated factors such as social participation and educating others appeared to be as important as making the mementos themselves. Conclusion: While the research questions were partially answered, factors such as meaning and creativity were difficult constructs to measure because they lacked clear definitions. However, this preliminary exploration supports the concept that the use of an activity analysis matrix can enable activities directors and occupational therapists to systematically ascertain which factors positively impact well-being and social participation to meet the unique needs of aging client populations.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Most individuals with dementia develop significant behavioral problems. Restlessness is a behavioral symptom frequently endorsed by caregivers as distressing, yet is variably defined and measured. Lack of conceptual and operational clarity hinders an understanding of this common behavioral type, its prevalence, and development of effective interventions. We advance a systematic definition and understanding of restlessness from which to enhance reporting and intervention development. Method: We reviewed the literature for existing definitions and measures of restlessness, identified common elements across existing definitions, assessed fit with relevant theoretical frameworks, and explored the relationship between restlessness and other behavioral symptoms in a data set of 272 community-dwelling persons with dementia. Results: Twenty-five scales assessing restlessness were identified. Shared components included motor/neurological, psychiatric, and needs-based features. Exploratory analyses suggest that restlessness may co-occur primarily with argumentation, anxiety, waking the caregiver, delusions/hallucinations, and wandering. We propose that restlessness consists of three key attributes: diffuse motor activity or motion subject to limited control, non-productive or disorganized behavior, and subjective distress. Restlessness should be differentiated from and not confused with wandering or elopement, pharmacological side effects, a (non-dementia) mental or movement disorder, or behaviors occurring in the context of a delirium or at end-of-life. Conclusion: Restlessness appears to denote a distinct set of behaviors that have overlapping but non-equivalent features with other behavioral symptoms. We propose that it reflects a complex behavior involving three key characteristics. Understanding its specific manifestations and which components are present can enhance tailoring interventions to specific contexts of this multicomponent behavioral type.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: To identify factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) as assessed by the Dementia Quality of Life (DQoL) in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), focusing particularly on functional alterations. Methods: Cross-sectional multicenter study in subjects aged 65 years or older with mild to moderate AD. HRQoL was measured using the DQoL (five domains: self-esteem, positive affect/humor, negative affect, feeling of belonging, and sense of esthetics). Functional alterations were assessed based on activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). We also recorded socio-demographic characteristics of the patient and their carer, and comprehensive geriatric assessment including MMSE and psycho-behavioral data (Neuropsychiatric Inventory, Cornell depression score). Factors associated with each domain of the DQol were identified by multivariate linear regression. Results: In total, 123 subjects were included (mean age 82 ± 6 years, 64% women). Two of the five domains of the DQoL were significantly associated with factors based on functional evaluation. The ability to transfer within the home and the ability to use the telephone were associated with an increase in HRQoL in the 'self-esteem' domain (p = 0.02 and 0.05, respectively). Ability to get dressed without assistance was associated with lower HRQoL in the 'negative affect' domain (p = 0.0007). Conclusion: Alterations in functional capacity have a significant effect on HRQoL in several domains of the DQoL.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: In the current study we investigated the relationship of sex and autonomy-connectedness with internalizing and externalizing personality disorder symptoms (PDS), coping, and Axis-I pathology in older age; by testing a path model, based on neo-analytical object relation, attachment- and primary-personality theory, among 100 clinical and 106 non-clinical elderly. In line with our model, autonomy-connectedness (self-awareness and capacity of managing new situations) was strongly associated to internalizing PDS in both groups. In both groups, neither sex nor autonomy-connectedness predicted externalizing PDS. Sex, internalizing as well as externalizing PDS and reactive defensive coping were associated to Axis-I symptomatology. We conclude that sex and autonomy-connectedness were, similarly as in adult populations, associated to internalizing PDS and Axis-I pathology. Treatment of elderly with internalizing PDS and Axis-I psychopathology should therefore focus on enhancing autonomy-connectedness.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The objective was to determine whether obesity is associated with depressive symptoms among older Chinese. Methods: Data from the cross-sectional Rugao Longevity and Ageing Study were used including anthropometric measurements (body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and waist-hip ratio (WHR)), socio-demographic characteristics, living habits, physical health and cognitive impairment. Depressive symptoms were assessed by the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15). Chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to investigate the association between obesity and depressive symptoms. Results: Among 1732 elderly Chinese aged 70-84 years, the prevalence of depressive symptoms was 6.7% (5.0%-8.5%) in men and 12.5% (10.4%-14.6%) in women. A negative linear trend was found between depressive symptoms and BMI in women (Pfor trend < 0.05). Women with BMI ≥ 28.0 kg/m(2) had lower chances (OR = 0.41 (0.20-0.84), p = 0.01) to have elevated depressive symptoms compared with their normal weight counterparts. Furthermore, consistent trends were observed with lower depression prevalence rates in higher WC and WHR categories in women. However, no such associations were apparent in men. Conclusion: Higher BMI, WC and WHR categories were all associated with a lower risk of depressive symptoms in older women.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Gratitude is widely perceived as a key factor to psychological well-being by different cultures and religions. The relationship between gratitude and coping in the context of familial dementia caregiving has yet to be investigated. Design: This study is the first to examine the associations among gratitude, coping strategies, psychological resources and psychological distress using a structural equation modelling approach. Results: Findings with 101 Chinese familial caregivers of persons with dementia (mean age = 57.6, range = 40-76; 82% women) showed that gratitude was related to the greater use of emotion-focused coping (positive reframing, acceptance, humour, emotional social support seeking, religious coping) and psychological resources (caregiving competence and social support). Psychological resources and emotion-focused coping in turn explained the association between gratitude and lower levels of psychological distress (caregiving burden and depressive symptoms). Conclusion: The present results indicate the beneficial role of gratitude on coping with caregiving distress and provide empirical foundation for incorporating gratitude in future psychological interventions for caregivers.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Quality of life is an important focus of research on dementia, with interest in direct reports of people with dementia and proxy reports of their carers. By exploring the subjective perspectives of unpaid family carers and paid care workers, this study aims to understand how carers construct meaning in narratives about quality of life with dementia. Method: A case-centred approach involved biographical narrative interviews with 10 carers to explore what was important for people with dementia to have a good quality of life. Detailed narrative analysis attended to the linguistic and structural features of accounts to consider how dementia is conceptualised by carers in the framing of quality of life. Results: An individual's perception of how dementia impacts on awareness and behaviour was central to their understanding of quality of life. Carers who constructed dementia as a loss of skills and abilities were able to represent quality of life in positive terms despite the challenges of dementia. Carers who constructed dementia as eroding identity represented quality of life less positively and centred on their own means of coping with a challenging care situation. Conclusion: Findings highlight the importance of helping carers develop positive constructions of quality of life that are associated with understanding dementia as a loss of skills and abilities, rather than as a loss of self. Engaging with subjectivity in carers' biographical narrative accounts is important in the development of quality of life assessment to understand the meanings and emotions that underlie proxy perspectives.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Aging and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Hospitalization is a major risk for older adults; therefore, it is crucial to provide the appropriate treatment during hospitalization. This study examined hospitalized older adults’ perceptions regarding three groups of treatment providers: nursing staff, family members, migrant home care workers. Method: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 17 hospitalized older adults. Data were gathered by in-depth interviews. Content analysis included open coding, axial coding and integration of the main findings using constant comparisons. Results: Three themes emerged: (1) ‘What is my worth?’ This theme was focused on the participants’ perceptions of themselves as helpless and dependent on others. (2) ‘What would I do without them?’ This theme referred to the perception of the migrant home care workers and nursing staff as essential. It meant immense gratitude, but also a sense of dependency on paid caregivers. (3) ‘They have their own busy life.’ This theme concerned participants’ low treatment expectations from their family members due to their perception of their family members as having multiple obligations. Conclusion: Hospitalized older adults prefer to turn to paid caregivers rather than to their families. Findings are discussed in light of the tension between formal and informal care in countries that are transitioning from traditional family values to modern values, placing the care of older adults by paid caregivers.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Aging and Mental Health