What can low and high technologies do for late-life mental disorders?
Alissa Westphal, Phillip Dingjan, Robyn Attoe
CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2010
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To identify and review the latest research in the use of low and high technology in the areas of mood disorders, psychosis, normal ageing, mild cognitive impairment and dementia. RECENT FINDINGS: Technology use varied in type and extent of use across the different areas that have been reviewed. Telepsychiatry, internet-delivered therapy programs and bright-light therapy were used in managing symptoms associated with depression. In psychosis, multisensory therapy, reminiscence and virtual cognitive stimulation showed some benefits. Navigation aids and computerized diaries assisted in maintaining independence in the normally ageing and mildly cognitively impaired, although t..View full abstract