Geriatric Psychiatry

14 Medical Conditions That Contribute to Insomnia

June 01, 2020

Finding and treating the underlying cause of sleep disturbance is critical to effective management. Here are a few medical conditions that may trigger key disrupting symptoms.

Caring for Patients With Neurocognitive Disorders During the Pandemic

April 22, 2020

How can psychiatrists help caregivers deal with behavioral disturbances at home, without the possibility of an in-person doctor’s appointment? In this video, Marc E. Agronin, MD, offers tips for helping patients with Alzheimer disease and other dementias.

Parkinson Disease Psychosis

April 14, 2020

Parkinson disease psychosis is associated with worsening quality of life, greater caregiver distress, higher rates of institutionalization, increased mortality, and greater health care costs. The authors explore medical, psychosocial, and psychological factors associated with PD psychosis.

Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

March 20, 2020

BPSD is associated with worse outcomes for patients with dementia. Management is not standardized, but protocols generally involve the treatment of underlying symptoms followed by the use of nonpharmacological management techniques and evidence-based pharmacotherapy for refractory BPSD.

Detecting Agitation in Patients With Dementia and Alzheimer Disease

January 27, 2020

In this video, Marc E. Agronin, MD, discusses several factors that may play a role in agitation. One would be underlying medical causes. It could be an acute disease state impairing brain function. And the list goes on.

8 Strategies for Managing BPSD

January 22, 2020

Recommendations for the use of antipsychotics for the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Understanding and Managing Agitation Associated with Dementia

December 27, 2019

Agitation can worsen function, pose safety concerns, and increase caregiver stress. It can be both confusing and frustrating to understand and manage these behaviors, but there are several approaches that can make all the difference.

Management of Age-Related Cognitive Decline

December 07, 2019

Patients with a family history of Alzheimer disease worry that normal aging symptoms are the initial indication of a progressive cognitive impairment that they have observed in their relatives. A variety of interventions are discussed.

Psychiatric Issues in Older Patients Case and Quiz

November 21, 2019

As the aging population grows, depression in older adults is also on the rise. Read the short case and test your knowledge.

The TBI Epidemic: Issues in Older Patients Quiz

October 30, 2019

Traumatic brain injury in older adults is a rising epidemic. Test your knowledge on the issues facing your patients.