Anxiety, anxiety symptoms, and associations among older people with dementia in assisted-living facilities

Neville, Christine and Teri, Linda (2011) Anxiety, anxiety symptoms, and associations among older people with dementia in assisted-living facilities. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 20 3: 195-201. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00724.x


Author Neville, Christine
Teri, Linda
Title Anxiety, anxiety symptoms, and associations among older people with dementia in assisted-living facilities
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
1447-0349
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00724.x
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 195
End page 201
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Anxiety is a major cause for distress among older people with dementia, and it impedes care. In order to develop interventions to treat anxiety and identify who might be most likely to benefit, mental health nurses need to understand what clinical and demographic factors are associated with anxiety in dementia. This cross-sectional study is a detailed assessment of anxiety in people living in assisted-living facilities using the Rating Anxiety in Dementia (RAID) scale and the Clinical Anxiety Scale (CAS). One hundred and forty-eight people, with a mean age of 86.2years, were recruited from 19 assisted-living facilities in the USA. Prevalence rates for anxiety were 11% and 18%, as measured on the RAID and CAS, respectively. One or more symptoms of anxiety were exhibited for 49% (RAID) and 48% (CAS) of participants. Behavioural symptoms and the presence of depression strongly predicted anxiety, as did staff's reaction to behavioural symptoms and their sense of competence to care. These findings demonstrate that anxiety is prominent enough to warrant further investigation and treatment, and that anxiety in older people with dementia is closely associated with staff skill. This study has also identified areas for mental health nurses to target interventions. © 2011 The Authors. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing © 2011 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Keyword Anxiety
Assisted living
Dementia
Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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