Many senior citizens are affected by conditions that come with aging. These conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, affect the patient on neurological levels and result in specific behaviors and attitudes.
As a field, older adult neuropsychiatry seeks to address the psychological complications that come with these conditions, such as hallucinations, delusional beliefs, aggression, and sleep disorders. Oftentimes, however, these changes are only concerning to the patients if they become a concern for the friends, family, and caregivers. By addressing these behavioral changes using mediation, supervision, therapy, and a modification of living environment, older adult neuropsychiatry helps to manage these behavioral changes and benefits everyone involved.
Because of how comprehensive the neuropsychiatric approach is, it is essential that the treatment given to the patient is both ongoing and diligent and that it transpires between the patient, caregivers, family members, and physicians. This keeps the treatment process both transparent and well-mapped, allowing practitioners to specify goals and work towards them diligently. Ultimately, the goal of older adult neuropsychiatry is to not only improve the patient’s quality of life but the quality of life for those who are affected by the patient’s condition as well.
Onset neuropsychiatric conditions associated with the elderly are often identified by the following symptoms. First, it is often present in individuals with degenerative disorders. Degenerative diseases result in the degeneration in cognitive areas of the brain, which in turn results in memory loss. Degenerative diseases include dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s. If an elderly individual is experiencing symptoms that are suggestive of psychosis, such as delusions, hallucinations, or losing touch with reality, they may have a neuropsychiatric condition. Along with that, headaches are a common complaint. Depression is also considered one of these disorders and is highly common among the elderly.
At Neuropsychiatric Hospitals, our locations are committed to provide comprehensive neuropsychiatric older adult care. Together we can help patients manage their conditions in order to improve their quality of life.