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The pandemic has made caring for geriatric patients more difficult, but a panel at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting discusses the latest best practices.


The pandemic has disproportionately affected older adults. Elderly individuals with dementia and other mental health disorders are especially vulnerable, both to the virus and to the negative effects of lockdowns and social isolation. Under these conditions, their mental health can easily deteriorate.

In this Mental Health Minute, Rajesh R. Tampi, MD, MS, DFAPA previews an upcoming panel at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting: “Caring for Older Adults With Mental Health Disorders and Dementia: American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Response to the Pandemic.” The panel will discuss both caring for older patients with mental health disorders and how the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has responded to the pandemic through its education, research, advocacy, and clinical missions. 

Dr Tampi is professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio, and is the section chief for geriatric psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

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