Improvement in activities of daily living in elderly following treatment for post-bereavement depression
Abstract:Objective: To determine if elderly bereaved depressed subjects display difficulty with activities of daily living (ADL) and if their ADL difficulty improves with psychopharmacologic intervention.
Method: The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), an ADL assessment measuring ADL motor and ADL process skills, was administered to a pilot sample of elderly persons with post-bereavement depression prior to psychopharmacologic intervention and subsequently during treatment response.
Results: In the pretreatment phase, subjects displayed difficulty with ADL motor and ADL process skills that significantly improved during the treatment response phase.
Conclusion: Results suggest that elderly bereaved depressed individuals demonstrated ADL difficulty that responds positively to psychopharmacologic intervention.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: Occupational Therapy Section, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2: Geriatric Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, 3: Nursing Department, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Publication date: March 1, 2002