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Hoarding in Late Life: Implications for Clinicians

Criteria for hoarding disorder necessitate that these behaviors cause clinically significant impairment in the patient's ability to function.

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Geriatric Psychiatry

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There are a considerable number of aging patients with an eating disorder who have only partial symptom remission or who remain ill for many decades. Here is a case in point.

Psychiatrists should be playing a key role in end-of-life decisions as well as, not coincidentally, in pain management.

With more and more baby boomers turning 65 every day, there will be an enormous increase in elderly patients needing psychiatric care over the next 20 years.

This article summarizes 5 cases from consultation services at several teaching hospitals. These challenging cases illustrate several points for the consultation/liaison psychiatrist to consider in caring for elderly hospitalized patients.

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