Schizophrenia in late life: emerging issues.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.31887/dcns.2006.8.1/dfolsom
Schizophrenia in late life is emerging as a major public health concern worldwide. We discuss several areas of research and clinical care that are particularly pertinent to older persons with schizophrenia, including the public health challenge and the cost of care. We then discuss clinical issues relevant to late-life schizophrenia (course of illness and cognition), medical care and comorbidity in older psychiatric patients (general and illness-related), and treatment concerns related to the use of atypical antipsychotics in older persons with psychosis (efficacy and side effects). Clinical care for this ever-increasing segment of our population requires special consideration of the unique characteristics of older persons with schizophrenia.