As the population of older adults continues to rise, the prevalence and incidence of psychopathology in this group will increase as well. The most common psychopathologies observed in older adults include depression, anxiety, and mild cognitive impairment. These conditions are often co-occurring; however, few interventions are designed to simultaneously address all three. We examined whether the LLU WISDOM adult partial outpatient program was effective in reducing depression and anxiety, as well as improving cognitive function in a sample of older adults. We hypothesized that compared to a control group receiving usual clinical care, participants in the WISDOM program will demonstrate significantly greater improvement in scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Geriatric Anxiety Scale (GAS), and on the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS), after controlling for demographic covariates. The sample consisted of 12 participants (7 control and 5 WISDOM), who were 50.0% female with an average age of 71.9 years. The WISDOM group did not significantly improve on GDS, GAS, RBANS Immediate Memory, Attention, Delayed Memory Index, and Total Scale Index scores (ps > .05) from baseline to the end of treatment compared to the control group, controlling for covariates. Overall, both the WISDOM and control groups did not exhibit significant changes in depression, anxiety, or RBANS scores from the beginning of the treatment program to the end of the program. Clinically, it is important to note that while the WISDOM and control participants did not significantly improve in mood and cognitive function, these participants did not become significantly worse either. Overall, this study elucidates the complexity of the relationship between depression, anxiety, and cognitive function in older adults. It also sheds light on the study design limitations and intricacies inherent to further investigation of the relationships between the effects of treatment on depression, anxiety, and cognitive function.
Keywords: Older adult, geriatric, depression, anxiety, mild cognitive impairment, attention, immediate memory, delayed memory
School of Behavioral Health
Grace J. Lee
Kelly R. Morton
David A. Vermeersch
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Date (Title Page)
Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Aged - psychology; Depression; Cognitive Dysfunction; Anxiety
x, 55 p.
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Rice, Darrell Gene, "WISDOM Program as a Treatment for Geriatric Psychopathology" (2021). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1779.
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