psychogeriatric disorders

psychogeriatric disorders

psychiatric diseases predominantly affecting the elderly, e.g. dementia (affecting 5% of those >65 years old, and 20% of those >80 years old), clinical depression (often associated/induced by cerebrovascular accident [CVA], Parkinson's disease or death of a life partner), delirium (associated with CVA, polypharmacy, thyroid or vitamin B12 deficiency, uraemia)
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Reasons for diagnostic difficulties include: lack of reliable screening and diagnostic instruments [15, 16]; communication difficulties [15, 17]; absence of appropriate vocabulary to express symptoms of mental illness; `taboo' topics such as sexual topics [15]; the stigma attached to psychiatry [4]; relatives being unfamiliar with symptoms of psychogeriatric disorders (as traditionally very few people reach old age [8]); and the bias and prejudice of the clinician [16].