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A Journal on Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychopharmacology
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, e-psyche, PsycINFO, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Minerva Psichiatrica 2013 September;54(3):211-9
Quality of life, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease
Perricone R. A.
Università degli Studi di Roma, Roma, Italia
Aim: The aim of this paper is to highlight some dependence connections between the quality-life of elderly (older over 65 years of age) and the event of dementia and Alzheimer disease’s onset, as some customs of the life style in daily life of the elderly have been considered among those concomitant psychological causes of several chronic degenerative diseases.
Methods: Evaluation of quality-life prevailingly based on statistics concerning the old population selected in three age-groups (65-74; 75-79; 80 and over years-age) and regarding the extant or absent physical activity, the education degree, the inactive elderly classified by their body weight (as normal, under weight and obese) the gender of the elderly based on age of those who are or not diseased of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia; the various frequency by which they are observed in carrying out the main routine prevention health checks during six months or during one year. The recurrence of these prevention checks is different in order to total elderly or/and to elderly who are affected of Alzheimer’s disease.
Results: In the old patients with Alzheimer’s disease or with Dementia some indirect causality connections are observed between the absolute absence of activity, or a daily activity with light physical effort and a low education’s degree. Any connection, or any indirect causality is obvious in the behaviour involved the frequency of the prevention’s main routine health checks of elderly of two genders with the onset or not of Alzheimer’s disease; this is real by the point that the whole old women of the first age group observed, whether affected with Alzheimer’s disease or not, are always the most watchful to main health routine cheeks versus the whole men observed.
Conclusion: By the light of the facts we think that joining these features of elderly’s quality-life with further characteristics gathered in a reliable way, we can point out other new connections that display new real peculiarities predisposing to Alzheimer’s disease.