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  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy Proven to Be Highly Effective in Treating Depression in Geriatric Patients

    Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy Proven to Be Highly Effective in Treating Depression in Geriatric Patients By: Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. Chief Psychology Officer In a study published by the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA) in April, it has been shown via a randomized, controlled trial that cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) is not only […]

  • The Importance of Patient-centered Care

    The Importance of Patient-centered Care By: Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. Chief Psychology Officer Patient-centered care in long-term care facilities is considered the touchstone for care in our industry, and is an approach that MedOptions prides itself on. In short, it is care centered on each individual patient’s values and desires with a focus on quality […]

  • Brain Training – Can it reduce the risk of dementia?

    Brain Training – Can it reduce the risk of dementia? By: Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. Chief Psychology Officer At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto in July, Jerri Edwards, PhD of the University of South Florida presented results from a 10-year study on brain training, called the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital […]

  • Telepsychiatry: The Evidence is In

    Telepsychiatry: The Evidence is In By: Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. Chief Psychology Officer Since we launched our telepsychiatry services through MedOptions Connect™ at the start of this year, I was unsure how our residents would receive the technology and how engaged they would be with their providers.  In particular, I was concerned about the development of the […]

  • Ego Integrity vs. Despair in Long-term Care

    Ego Integrity vs. Despair in Long-term Care Dr. Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. Admission to a Nursing Home for long-term care is a significant life event that often triggers adjustment related psychiatric symptoms or exacerbates pre-existing psychiatric disorders.   Not surprisingly, Nursing Home residents have been found to have lower levels of life satisfaction and psychological well-being […]

  • Challenging Resident Behavior as Communication: Management of Dementia-related Behavior Disturbances

    Challenging Resident Behavior as Communication: Management of Dementia-related Behavior Disturbances by: Dr. Laura P. Etre, Psy.D. There was a time in the not so distant past when dementia-related behaviors were viewed largely as a medication management issue.  The focus was on eliminating the identified problem behavior versus understanding and treating the stimulus behind the behavior.  The […]

  • The Role of Neurocognitive Assessment in Geropsychology

    The Role of Neurocognitive Assessment in Geropsychology by Dr. Etre As the population of geriatric patients in America steadily increases, it is more important than ever for healthcare providers to become knowledgeable and efficient in the management of dementia and memory care.  Dementia is not a “one size fits all” condition.  Both the type and […]