Abstract Title:

Mind-Body Interventions in Late-Life Mental Illnesses and Cognitive Disorders: A Narrative Review.

Abstract Source:

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 3. Epub 2018 Nov 3. PMID: 30527963

Abstract Author(s):

Akshya Vasudev, Susana G Torres-Platas, Karin Kerfoot, Angela Potes, Joseph Therriault, Anthony Gifuni, Marilyn Segal, Karl J Looper, Vasavan Nair, Helen Lavretsky, Soham Rej

Article Affiliation:

Akshya Vasudev


BACKGROUND: Current pharmacological treatments and psychotherapeutic approaches often have adverse effects or ineffective in late-life cognitive and mental illnesses. Mind-body interventions offer a holistic approach and are of interest because of potential patient acceptability and scalability.

OBJECTIVE: To synthesize current evidence on mind-body interventions in treating or preventing mental illnesses and cognitive disorders in older adults.

SEARCH STRATEGY: A search was conducted using Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO articles published from 1993 to 2017.

SELECTION CRITERIA: 1) Randomized controlled trials, 2) involving older adults (>60 years old), 3) suffering from mental illness or cognitive decline, 4) comparing mind-body interventions with a control group. Mind-body interventions included: imagery, meditation&mindfulness, prayer, autogenic training, tai chi&variants, and yoga. Control group included: health education, other non-pharmacological interventions, treatment as usual, or no treatment at all.

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Data included number of patients, age, psychiatric diagnoses, type of intervention, frequency and duration, control conditions, outcomes measures and treatment results.

RESULTS: 3916 articles were reviewed and ten met inclusion criteria. Six were on Tai Chi and four assessed meditation-based therapies. Clinically significant improvement in depressive and anxiety symptoms were reported, as well as improvement in some domains of cognition and reduced risk of cognitive deterioration.

CONCLUSION: There is increasing evidence that mind-body interventions are may potentially be useful in the treatment or prevention of geriatric mental illnesses and cognitive disorders. There are important methodological limitations of the current literaturesuch as small sample sizes, heterogeneous study populations, and varying clinical outcomes.

Study Type : Review

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