We compared the demographic and clinical characteristics of 37 subjects under and 41 subjects over 75 years of age who were consecutive new referrals to an out-patient psychogeriatric service in order to examine if an age-related dichotomy emerges in this population. Even though the groups were similar in most demographic (gender, education, years in Israel, family status) and some clinical aspects (number of physical diagnoses, medications taken) they differed significantly in some other clinical variables. "Functional" disorders, independence in performing household activities and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and more recommendations for ambulatory follow-up were more prominent in the younger group. This profile has much in common with elderly patients newly referred to the general mental health services. The older group had more "organic" disorders, significant need for assistance in household activities and ADL, and more recommendations for follow-up in day-care centers, a profile more characteristic of patients who are treated in memory/dementia clinics. Thus, from a services organizational point of view, it is possible to subdivide out-patient elderly individuals with cognitive and emotional disturbances into separate groups, each with its own characteristics and needs.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences|
|State||Published - 2000|