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Practical skills in old age psychiatry 

Practical skills in old age psychiatry
Practical skills in old age psychiatry

Florian Riese

, Cécile Hanon

, Alexis Lepetit

, and Linda Lam

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date: 01 July 2022

Due to the ageing of the world population, the importance of old age psychiatry is steadily growing. A sound knowledge of its approaches is therefore essential for every psychiatrist. Key skills in old age psychiatry include effective communication with elderly patients, performing comprehensive geriatric assessments, working in multidisciplinary teams, dealing with medical co-morbidity, and pharmacological treatment in the elderly. Likewise, psychotherapy is an important tool for treatment of mental disorders in old age, including the treatment of affective disorders. Particular challenges in the field of old age psychiatry arise from the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and from end-of-life situations in often medically co-morbid patients.

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