Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Geriatric Psychiatry

Virginia Pearson, M.D., Susan W. Lehmann, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with the prevention, treatment, and study of mental disorders in older patients, typically older than 65 years [1]
  • Geriatric psychiatry integrates a comprehensive program of care to address co-existing medical illnesses, family and social concerns, environmental issues, and medications.

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Last updated: November 21, 2014