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Fuqua Center Video

In May of 2015, the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression and the Geriatric Outpatient Clinic moved to 12 Executive Park Drive, N.E., 5th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30329 as part of the Emory Brain Health Center.  Click on the following link to learn more about the Brain Health Center and to watch a video about the work of the Fuqua Center

WAGA-TV Feature on Treatment Resistant Depression,

February 20, 2017  Click Here for link to WAGA-TV report on Treatment Resistant Depression, ECT, and an interview with Dr. William McDonald, M.D., J.B.. Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine.

Tom Johnson: I Suffer from Depression

Click here to watch this powerful video of one man's struggle with depression and his climb out of the darkness.  "I was relieved to learn what it was that was taking me in to this darkness........with medication and talk therapy..... I came up and out".   (NOTE:  Tom Johnson is a well known journalist who once served as the publisher of the Los Angeles Times and later became the President of CNN.  He believes that "you are more than a are more than a position")

Women Who Have Given Birth Five Or More Times May Be More Likely To Develop Alzheimer’s Later In Life, Research Suggests.

 CNN (7/18, Lamotte) reports, “Women who have given birth five or more times may be 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life than those who have fewer births,” researchers concluded after examining data on some “3,500 women in South Korea and Greece.” The findings were published online July 18 in the journal Neurology. According to Newsweek (7/18, Gander), investigators theorize that “the levels of estrogen, which the body creates during pregnancy, could explain this association.” The Telegraph (UK) (7/18, Knapton) and HealthDay (7/18, Mozes) also cover the studyCNN (7/18, Lamotte) reports, “Women who have given birth five or more times may be 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life than those who have fewer births,” researchers concluded after examining data on some “3,500 women in South Korea and Greece.” The findings were published online July 18 in the journal Neurology. According to Newsweek (7/18, Gander), investigators theorize that “the levels of estrogen, which the body creates during pregnancy, could explain this association.” The Telegraph (UK) (7/18, Knapton) and HealthDay (7/18, Mozes) also cover the study. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Depression, Anxiety Disorders Underrecognized In Patients With Heart Failure And May Lead To Adverse Outcomes, Review Suggests

 Healio (7/16, Demko) reports that “depression and anxiety disorders remain underrecognized in patients with heart failure and may lead to adverse outcomes,” researchers concluded in the findings of a 36-study review published in the July issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.(SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Late-Life Hypertension May Contribute To Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Suggests.

The AP (7/11, Marchione) reports researchers found that “high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain,” and may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers “found more signs of damage and one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of those with higher blood pressure than among those with pressure closer to normal.” The findings were published online July 11 in Neurology. TIME (7/11, Park) reports the researchers “measured the blood pressure of nearly 1,300 elderly people, aged 59 to 102 years, and followed them until they died, on average eight years after enrolling in the study,” and then “performed autopsies on the brains to document the presence of brain lesions, including signs of Alzheimer’s disease.” The researchers found “evidence that blood pressure may be one of the many factors that can contribute to aging brain processes, including the formation of lesions and hallmark features of diseases like Alzheimer’s.” MedPage Today (7/11, George) reports the researchers also found that “late-life systolic and diastolic blood pressure were separately associated with the number of brain infarcts at autopsy, as was faster decline in systolic blood pressure over time.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Companies Say Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Had Positive Results In Phase 2 Trial

 The Wall Street Journal (7/6, Hernandez, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reported Biogen and Eisai announced that their experimental drug BAN2401 had positive results as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in a phase 2 trial. The article noted that many experimental treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have failed. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Decline In Vision May Be Tied To Cognitive Decline, Study Suggests.

 MD Magazine (6/28, Hoffman) reports researchers found that “declines in vision had a stronger association to cognitive function than the reverse,” which suggests “that maintaining vision may have an impact on the mitigation of age-related declines in cognitive function.” The findings were published online in JAMA Ophthalmology. The authors of an invited commentary wrote that “the tacit assumption is that improving (or protecting) visual function may be a viable intervention to prevent or control cognitive decline in older age.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Physical Fitness In Middle Age May Be Associated With Lower Risk Of Later-Life Depression, Death From Cardiovascular Disease, Research Suggests.

 The New York Times (6/27, Bakalar) reports, “Physical fitness in middle age is tied to a lower risk of later-life depression and death from cardiovascular disease,” researchers concluded after studying “17,989 men and women, average age 50, from 1971 to 2009,” following “them from the time they initiated Medicare coverage through 2013.” The study revealed that “people in the highest” fitness category “were 16 percent less likely to have depression, 61 percent less likely to have cardiovascular illness without depression, and 56 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease after becoming depressed,” when compared to people “in the lowest fitness category.” The findings were published online June 27 in JAMA Psychiatry. TIME (6/27) reports that “people who are more fit have lower rates of inflammation, which contributes to both heart disease and depression.” Future research, however, “will need to determine if changing fitness levels can actually lower people’s depressive symptoms and heart disease; the current study was not designed to follow such changes in exercise and fitness patterns.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Suicide Rates Increasing Across US, CDC Report Finds.

The CBS Evening News (6/7, story 3, 3:05, Glor) reported, “The CDC put out an alarming report today on suicide. Nearly 45,000 Americans took their lives in 2016. That is more than car accidents or opioid overdoses.” On ABC World News Tonight (6/7, story 7, 1:40, Muir), ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez said that “the CDC is reporting that suicide rates have increased by 25 percent over two decades.”NBC Nightly News (6/7, story 9, 0:30, Holt) reported that the CDC’s report “shows a dramatic rise in suicide rise in half the states across the US more than 30 percent from 1999 to 2016.” The New York Times (6/7, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports suicide rates increased in all states but Nevada between 1999 and 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report “found that slightly more than half of people who had” died by suicide “did not have any known mental health condition.” The Washington Post (6/7, Nutt) reports that Anne Schuchat, MD, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said, “The data are disturbing. The widespread nature of the increase, in every state but one, really suggests that this is a national problem hitting most communities.” Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said people should be cautious when interpreting the number of people without a known mental health condition. He said, “When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims, 90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition...which suggests to me that they’re not getting the help they need.”On its “All Things Considered” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR (6/7, Greenfieldboyce) reports that Deborah Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH, the lead author of the CDC report, said, “Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern.” Stone pointed out, “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Negative Social Media Experiences May Raise Depression Risk, Study Indicates

 U.S. News & World Report (6/7, Salem) reports, “Negative experiences on social media are more impactful than positive ones in determining the likelihood young adults report depressive symptoms,” research indicated. After surveying some “1,179 full-time” university students, investigators found that “every 10 percent increase in negative social media experiences was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of reporting depressive symptoms.” The findings were published online June 6 in the journal Depression and Anxiety. HealthDay (6/7, Mozes) and Medical Daily (6/7) also cover the study. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Tips Provided On How To Help Loved Ones, Friends Struggling With Depression

 The New York Times (6/7, Murphy, Subscription Publication) provides expert tips on how to help a loved one or friend who is struggling with depression and who may even be contemplating suicide. Importantly, “when a person with depression casually mentions death or suicide, it’s important to ask follow-up questions.” Should the answers to those questions not inspire confidence in a depressed person’s safety, “experts advised involving a professional as soon as possible. If this person is seeing a psychiatrist or therapist, get him or her on the phone.” Otherwise, “have the a suicide prevention line, such as a 1-800-273-TALK, or” accompany them to a hospital emergency department. The article also reminds readers that “people do emerge from depression,” but “it will take patience and time,” as well as “professional assistance from a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or another medical professional.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Brain Activity Lowers Rate of Age-Related Mental Decline

 Click Here to Read Article in Psychiatry Advisor

Emory Magazine, Autumn 2015

Click here to read about the work being done by Emory researchers as they seek ways to help make the lives of those who are living longer better.  Page 24 includes information about the work being done by Dr. William M. McDonald, J.B. Fuqua Chair for Lte-Life Depression, whose research specializes in neuro-modulation therapies for elderly patients.

Charlee Lambert, a vibrant and active 92 year old, talks with William M. McDonald, MD, J.B. Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Depression and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University

When Charlee, as she likes to be called, found herself divorced in her 60s after being a corporate wife and mother to six (6) children,  she asked herself, “is this all there is?” and decided to “make an end run” reinventing herself as a playwright and storyteller.  “It was a hard time of life ….telling my story got rid of a lot of things that were negative.”   To help support herself, she opened her home to boarders, something she continues to this day although now she does it as a way to stay active and around people.   “I’ve got 4 men living with me” she chuckles and credits them with her being sure to “comb my hair before coming out of my room each day.” Charlee says the keys to aging well include “being engaged, live your life with passion, and don’t let age get in the way.”  Her three (3) prong prescription for aging,   (1) stay adaptable, (2) have friends of all ages, and (3) have fun, have served her well.  Click here to watch the video 
NOTE:  Charlee Lambert died on November 4, 2015, a little over 10 months after this video was recorded. After watching the video, Charlee sent us the the following email: "I thought you did a great job on the video.  Lots of people have seen it and my family loves it.  i feel like I have been to my own Memorial Service."  Charlee touched many people with her engaging smile and enjoyable stories and lived life following her motto of aging gracefully.

5 Powerful Benefits to Pro-Aging Thinking

CNN January 6, 2015  "The way you perceive aging can actually influence how you age. Aging, like many aspects of life, is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Positive and negative attitudes can affect your health behaviorally, psychologically and even biologically. Being "pro-aging," or satisfied with your own aging, can make you adopt healthier behaviors, feel in control of how you age and even heighten your immune system. Being "anti-aging," or perceiving aging negatively, can do the opposite."  Click Here to Read the Artcile in Full

Helen Mayberg Delivers the Distinguished Faculty Lecture on "Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Insights from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation,"

 On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Dr. Helen Mayberg delivered the Distinguished Faculty Lecture on "Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Insights from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation," sponsored by the Emory University Faculty Council. Mayberg is professor of psychiatry, neurology, and radiology, and holds the Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics.  Click here for a link to the lecture.

Treating Depression with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

 Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for severe depression.  Click on the following links to watch a video on ECT from the January 25, 2012 episode of "The Dr. Oz Show".

Community Gardens: Where Seniors Cultivate Food and Friendships

Click on the following link to read how community gardens in Athens, Georgia are helping older adults in the area sustain good mental and physical 

The New York Times’s, Jane Brody Explores “Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help

 In this fascinating article on remaining in one’s home as long as possible, Elinor Ginzler, director of the Cahnmann Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., writes that “the ability to age in place is greatly determined by the physical design and accessibility of a home, as well as community features like the availability of nearby services and amenities, affordable housing and transportation options.” Read the full article here.

Skydiving at 82

Click Here to watch the incredible story of 82 year old sky diver Dilys Price.

Link to NPR Article - 8 Ways You Can Survive - And Thrive In - Midlife

 Click Here for a link to an article from NPR outlining secrets to midlife happiness

Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Honors J. Rex Fuqua with the Distinguished Service Award at their 2011 Summer CME Meeting

 J. Rex Fuqua was recognized by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association at the 2011 Summer CME Meeting for his outstanding efforts to positively impact the mental health of Georgians through the "Common Ground" initiative.

 J. Rex Fuqua is a businessman who understands community service and mental health.  Rex is an accomplished entrepreneur and Chairman and CEO of Fuqua Capital Corporation.  He has been extraordinarily successful in business, but to his community he is known as a leader in mental health.  Rex has been a determined advocate for the mentally ill in Georgia and nationally for two decades.  He has provided both leadership and a vision in developing novel treatments particularly in children and adolescents and promoting legislation to provide a safety net for patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

In Georgia, Rex funded W. Edward Craighead as the first J. Rex Fuqua Professor at Emory University.  Dr. Craighead started the Childhood and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program to provide therapy to children at risk for recurrent mood disorders.  He has also developed international research with investigators in Reykjavik, Iceland to understand the genesis of childhood mood disorders in the areas of psychological, genetic, environmental and neurobiological components of mood disorders. 

Rex has also been a guiding force on the boards of both the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression and Skyland Trail and his service on these boards is a level of his commitment to the mental health of Georgians of all ages and a testament to his leadership.  He is also a member of the Board of Councilors at Emory University's Carter Center and in that role has promoted legislation to provide for the most disadvantaged patients with mental illness.

On a national level, Rex has convened international experts to Skyland Trail to develop guidelines for the treatment of the severe and persistently mentally ill.  He has also been a leader in the National Network of Depression Centers, a network of leading depression centers and academic medical centers, and gave one of the keynote addresses at their recent national conference.

Rex is a trustee emeritus of Duke University, a member of the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business. He is a trustee and former chairman of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He serves on the Board of the George West Mental Health Foundation and the Sheridan Arts Foundation. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Overseers of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.


 One in four people over the age of 65 suffers from depression, yet often they don’t realize what is wrong.  Symptoms of depression in older adults are frequently attributed to memory problems or the aging process.  The mission of Emory's Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression is to help people understand that depression is NOT a normal part of aging.  Click here to read more.

Click on the link to read about MEDCottage, a backyard living structure for an aging relative


Cobb Senior Services, in a monthly broadcast of Senior Focus, features issues faced by older adults. Featured in March are: Dr. Monica Parker and Eve Byrd. The program airs on Cobb's Government Access Chanel 23: Fridays-6 pm, Sat & Sun-1:30 pm, Mon-Noon.         

WATCH THE VIDEO: You may also see the informative discussion by clicking this link.

OLDER AMERICANS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Issue Brief 2: Alcohol Misuse and Abuse Prevention

Alcohol use problems in the older adult population often go unrecognized. Click on the following link to read more about this issue.

Men Recovering From Hip Surgery May Experience More Cognitive Difficulties, Higher Mortality Within First 22 Days Compared With Women, Study Suggests

 MedPage Today (2/8, Bachert) reports that research indicated “men who were recovering from hip surgery often experienced more cognitive difficulties and higher mortality within the first 22 days compared with women.” The study, which included 166 men and 168 women, was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.(SOURCE: APA Headlines)

Rapid Increase in Opioid Dose Increases Risk of New-Onset Depression

Click Here for Link to Article

Postmenopausal Anxiety Linked to Severe Impairment in Quality of Life

Click Here for Link to Article (SOURCE: Psychiatry Advisor)

Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

 Click Here for Link to Psychiatry Advisor Article

Aging In Place Poses Challenges For Many US Seniors.

 On its front page, the Wall Street Journal (9/26, A1, Levitz, Subscription Publication) reported in a 2,100-word article on the difficulties faced by many US seniors who choose to age in place in their own homes because they want to or simply cannot afford nursing homes or assisted living options. Aging in place is often difficult for seniors without families or friends, who live in places with a scarcity of supportive services to help them manage their day-to-day needs, and who have limited incomes. Meanwhile, on the front of its New York section, the New York Times (9/27, MB1, Leland, Subscription Publication) reported in a 2,470-word piece that last year, researchers at the “RAND Corporation estimated...that Americans spend 30 billion hours annually caring for older relatives and friends, with most of them juggling caregiving along with jobs, families and other demands on their time.” Seniors over the age of 85 are “among the fastest-growing age groups” in New York City, where “pressures” on family caregivers “have grown accordingly,” along with “higher rates of depression, stress, high blood pressure and heart disease. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)


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