todeserwartungGerman, awaiting death Social medicine A condition affecting elderly persons relegated to nursing homes by society or progeny Clinical Hypochondriasis, hysteria, impulsiveness, loss of self-esteem, withdrawal from reality, obsession with death Therapy Displays of affection, pets, involvement in child care; cortical atrophy and mental lassitude may be controlled, video games for mental stimulation. See Geriatrics. Cf Elderly abuse, Melanocholia, 'Shelterization. '.
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