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Mental disorders of old age

Robin Jacoby

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2902_update_002

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Mental disorders of old age

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Mental disorders of old age are important because: (1) demographic trends in all countries show a marked increase in the number of older people, especially the very old; (2) this age group is particularly prone to debilitating mental illness—about 20% of people over 80 have dementia, and over 10% of people over 65 have pervasive depressive symptoms; (3) presentations of mental illness in older people may differ from those at younger ages and go unrecognized—assessment requires a reliable informant, examination of the mental state, and physical examination; (4) the pattern of morbidity differs, with older people suffering more from organic disorder—delirium and dementia; (5) mental and physical illness often occur together, the one sometimes masking the other....

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine

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