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Commentary for special edition on anxiety

  • Christina Bryant (a1)

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This impressive collection of papers encompasses key themes at the heart of current research on anxiety in older adults, confirming that the study of anxiety in older adults has, indeed come of age (Beekman et al., 2015). The papers range from those providing in-depth exploration of an aspect of anxiety, such as the review by Hughes and colleagues of the concepts encompassed by the term “fear of falling” (Hughes et al., 2015), to those dealing with the assessment of anxiety, such as those by Mueller (Mueller et al., 2015) and Nitschke Massena (Nitschke Massena et al., 2015), while yet others address important issues in relation to anxiety treatment. This demonstrates the progress that has been made in recent years in our understanding and treatment of this significant group of disorders. I took a particular interest in reading these papers from the perspective of a clinician, and in this commentary will focus on themes and findings that I found to be of particular relevance to the mental health practitioner.

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Ayers, C. and Dozier, M. (2015). Predictors of hoarding severity in older adults with hoarding disorder. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001677.
Beekman, A., Oude Voshaar, R. and Pachana, N. (2015). Late life anxiety is coming of age. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610215000605.
Bower, E., Loebach Wetherell, J., Merz, C., Petkus, A., Malcarne, V. and Lenze, E. (2015). A new measure of fear of falling: psychometric properties of the fear of falling questionnaire revised (FFQ-R). International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001434.
Gould, C., Gerolimatos, L. and Edelstein, B. (2015). Experimental examination of worry among older and young adults. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214000891.
Grenier, S. et al. (2015). Using virtual reality to improve the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of late-life anxiety: preliminary recommendations for future research. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214002300.
Hughes, C., Kneebone, I., Jones, F. and Brady, B. (2015). A theoretical and empirical review of psychological factors associated with falls-related psychological concerns in community-dwelling older people. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214002701.
Johnco, C., Knight, A., Tadic, D. and Wuthrich, V. (2015). Psychometric properties of the geriatric anxiety inventory (GAI) and its short-form (GAI-SF) in a clinical and non-clinical sample of older adults. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001586.
Losada, A. et al. (2015). Behavioral correlates of anxiety in well-functioning older adults. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001148.
Mueller, A. et al. (2015). Geriatric anxiety scale: item response theory analysis, differential item functioning, and creation of a ten-item short form (GAS-10). International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214000210.
Nitschke Massena, P., Bom de Araújo, N., Pachana, N., Laks, J. and Camozzato de Pádua, A. (2015). Validation of the Brazilian Portuguese Version of Geriatric Anxiety Inventory – GAI-BR. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001021.
Oude Voshaar, R., van der Veen, D., Kapur, N., Hunt, I., Williams, A. and Pachana, N. (2015). Suicide in patients suffering from late-life anxiety disorders; a comparison with younger patients. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610215000125.
Ribeiro, O., Teixeira, L., Araújo, L., Afonso, R. and Pachana, N. (2015). Predictors of anxiety in centenarians: health, economic factors, and loneliness. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214001628.
Shrestha, S. et al. (2015). Predictors of change in quality of life in older adults with generalized anxiety disorder. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610214002567.
Wuthrich, V. and Frei, J. (2015). Barriers to treatment for older adults seeking psychological therapy. International Psychogeriatrics. Epublished ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S1041610215000241.
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