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Dementia Rate In Americans 65 And Older Has Fallen 24% Over 12 Years, Study Reveals

NBC Nightly News (11/21, story 9, 0:25, Holt) reported, “A study from the University of Michigan found the rate of dementia in seniors has dropped by 24 percent since 2000.”

The New York Times (11/22, A13, Kolata, Subscription Publication) reports the study, published online Nov. 21 in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals that “the dementia rate in Americans 65 and older fell…over 12 years, to 8.8 percent in 2012 from 11.6 percent in 2000.”

The AP (11/21, Tanner) reports, “Older adults with the most schooling had the lowest dementia rates, and the average education level increased during the study years,” researchers found after analyzing “nationally representative government surveys of about 10,500 older adults” in 2000 and in 2012.

According to Kaiser Health News (11/21, Szabo), the authors of accompanying editorial observed that it may be “possible that people with more education can better compensate for memory problems as they age, finding ways to work around their impairments.”

Psychiatric News (11/21) points out the study “authors also noted that while rates of cardiovascular risk factors have gone up since 2000, treatments for cardiovascular disease have improved, which may contribute to the reduced dementia incidence.”

Related Links:

— “U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages,”Gina Kolata, The New York Times, November 22, 2016.

Men Who Behave Like Promiscuous Playboys Or Feel Powerful Over Women May Be More Likely To Have Mental Health Problems Than Men With Less Sexist Attitudes

Reuters (11/21, Wulfhorst) reports, “Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes,” researchers found after examining “results of more than 70 US-based studies involving more than 19,000 men over 11 years.”

HealthDay (11/21, Mozes) reports the findings were published online Nov. 21 in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Related Links:

— “Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems: study,”Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters, November 21, 2016.

Kids Who Play “Choking Games” Alone May Be More Likely To Be Suicidal And May Face Greater Risk Of Injury, Death, Research Indicates

Reuters (11/21, Rapaport) reports children “who play ‘choking games’ to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone,” researchers found after examining “survey data collected from almost 21,000 Oregon teens” in eighth grade “in 2011 and 2013.”

HealthDay (11/21, Mozes) reports investigators found that “teens who had tried the practice alone were almost five times more likely to have thoughts of suicide than those who had done it in groups, and more than twice as likely to say they were in poor mental health overall.” The findings were published online Nov. 19 in Pediatrics.

Related Links:

— “Choking game riskiest when kids play alone,”Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, November 21, 2016.

Most Preschoolers With Mood, Behavior, And Social Disorders Would Benefit From Non-Medication Therapies, Experts Say

HealthDay (11/21, Pallarito) reports, “Most preschoolers with mood, behavior and social disorders would benefit from non-drug therapies, but few receive this type of help,” experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics found in a new report. Because “parents, policymakers and” other caregivers “fail to recognize that young children are affected by the things that happen around them,” the AAP has proposed suggestions “for closing the treatment gap…in a policy statement published online Nov. 21 in the journal Pediatrics.”

Related Links:

— “Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report,”Karen Pallarito, HealthDay, November 21, 2016.

University Programs Attempt To Help Students With Autism Diagnoses Adjust To College Life

On its front page, the New York Times (11/20, A1, Hoffman, Subscription Publication) reported in a greater than 2,400-word story on the adjustments students with autism diagnoses face as they transition from high school to college. Currently, there are about 40 colleges around the US that have special “comprehensive support” programs designed to help students with autism. The “nuanced and complex” needs of these students, however, mean challenges remain for many, the Times reports.

Related Links:

— “Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life,”Jan Hoffman, The New York Times, November 20, 2016.

Foundation News

“This is My Brave” Event Coming December 7


This is my Brave – Baltimore event will be held Wednesday, December 7.
Doors Open at 5 PM – Show starts at 6 PM at Towson University’s West Village Commons, Towson, MD 21252. The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry is supporting this inspiring, monologue-based production featuring people sharing their stories of living with and recovering from mental illness through original essay, poetry, dance and music.

Foundation Establishes Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry has established the Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award. It is designed to recognize a worthy piece published in a major newspaper that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Shares with the public their experience with mental illness in themselves, a family member, or simply in the community.
  • Helps others to overcome their inability to talk about mental illness or their own mental illness.
  • Imparts particularly insightful observations on the general subject of mental illness.
  • A Maryland author and/or newspaper is preferred.

The award carries a $500 prize, and has its own dedicated page here.

The winner for 2016 is Amy McDowell Marlow.

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.
Published February 9, 2016 in the Washington Post

In this piece, Ms. Marlow gives a very poignant description of dealing with her own depression and emotional experiences beginning in childhood while dealing with a parent’s depression and eventual suicide.

New PSA Examines Prisons, Inmates and Mental Health

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on mental health care in the United States prison system. It examines the problem of mental illness being the reason for incarceration in the first place, and the lack of care once a person is behind bars.

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You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Follow the Foundation on Twitter!

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. now has it’s very own Twitter account. You can follow us there to get the latest news about what we’re doing as well as be notified of the psychiatric news we mention here and when a new radio spot goes online. Just click the button below or in the left column to add us to your Twitter feed!

New MFP Public Service Ad Looks at Civil Unrest Effects on Children

Sadly, the civil unrest in Baltimore this spring has psychologically harmed some of our children. Our latest public service advertisement looks at the effects of civil unrest on young minds, not just from seeing or experiencing actual violence, but also to being exposed to it through the media.

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Our full collection of advertisements is online for you to Listen and download all our public service ads here!“.