Geriatric psychiatry emphasizes the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric effect of acute and chronic physical illness, and the biological and psychosocial aspects of the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances of older age. Geriatric psychiatrists focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients.
APA's Ethnic Minority Elderly Curriculum
Intended to help training programs develop their curricula to address the special training requirements for all age groups, with extra information about minority populations in general, and an additional focus on minority elderly. The current version is focused on minority aging issues and has been revised to address teaching methods and the new core competencies required by the ACGME. It is designed to be useful for general psychiatrists, students, and other health care professionals.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
A national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. Geriatric Psychiatry Self Assessment Program.
FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
A system for recertification, performance in practice, self-assessment, and lifelong learning in psychiatry. Contents related to Geriatric Psychiatry.
Practice Guidelines, Policies and Resource Documents
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Other Professional Resources
- Practice Guideline on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
- AAGP Position Statement on Care of Elderly with Mental Health During Disasters
- AAGP Position Statement on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
APA Resource Documents
- Use of Antipsychotic Medications to Treat Behavioral Disturbances in Persons with Dementia
- Integrated Care of Older Adults with Mental Disorders
- Psychiatric Advance Directives
For Residents and Medical Students
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website lists geriatric psychiatry training programs.Select "List of Programs by Specialty" and in the pull-down menu, select Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and "view programs" for the full list.
ABPN Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and maintenance of certification processes.
The AAGP's Geriatric Mental Health Foundation’s Scholars Fund
Developed to expose medical students and young physicians to the rewarding field of geriatric psychiatry in an effort to increase the number of medical professionals expertly trained to care for the growing older population.
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