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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000 Winter;8(1):19-28.

Schizophrenia and older adults. An overview: directions for research and policy.

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SUNY Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn,11203, USA.


The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Committee on Aging, believes that a crisis has emerged with respect to the understanding of the nature and treatment of schizophrenia in older persons. Moreover, critical gaps exist in clinical services for this population. In this article, we examine the epidemiology of aging and schizophrenia; life-course changes in psychopathology, cognitive function, social functioning, and physical health; and various concerns regarding treatment, services, and financing. Finally, we propose six research and policy recommendations and suggest methods for addressing the research questions that we have posed.

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