PTSD and older adults; ageing, assessment and treatment

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Number

35

Assigned to session

0.11 Joost den Draaier, 28-09-2023, 15:15 - 16:30

Field of research

Elderly

Overview of symposium

PTSD has been associated with accelerated ageing and morbidity in older adults, for example the dementia risk in PTSD have been found to be increased. Worldwide the number of older adults and people with dementia are sky rocketing and will increase steadily in the coming years. Despite, diagnosing PTSD in older adults and dementia needs expertise and there is lack of validated diagnostic tools. Clinical studies on PTSD in older adults, with all its complex multimorbidity, are urgently needed. The current symposium will give you clinically relevant knowledge and tools to do research in this group with multimorbidity.

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Clinical manifestation and assessment of PTSD in dementia

Demi Havermans

 

Summary

Recognition of PTSD in people with dementia may be challenging due to interfering multimorbidity and altered manifestation. This lecture gives you a first insight in the clinical manifestation of PTSD in dementia and insight in clinical challenges in diagnosing PTSD. The TRAuma and DEmentia (TRADE)-interview, which is a semi-structured interview to diagnose PTSD in people with dementia will be introduced.

Authors

Demi Havermans

Time flies; Epigenetic clocks to monitor aging, mortality and the effects of stress

Dr Marco Boks

 

Summary

1.    Time flies; Epigenetic clocks to monitor aging, mortality and the effects of stress

Authors

Marco Boks

EMDR in older adults; evidence for more than PTSD symptom relief.

Dr Ellen Gielkens

 

Summary

Evidence for trauma-focused therapy in older adults with PTSD is increasing. Treatment effect studies on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) show positive effects, not only on PTSD symptoms, but also on quality of life and frailty measures. Results of a cross-sectional observational study of EMDR treatment in older adults will be presented. 

Authors

Ellen Gielkens

Childhood adversity and multimorbidity in older adults

Dr Sjacko Sobczak

 

Summary

Although extensive research has shown the link between adverse childhood events (ACEs), personality disorders (PDs), morbidity and multimorbidity, few studies have investigated the effect in an older adult population. The results of a cross-sectional analysis in older adults with a PD and healthy control (HC) older adults on ACEs and multimorbidity (defined as the presence of 2 or more diagnoses) will be presented.

Authors

Sjacko Sobczak