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The Geriatric Patient

  • Lori Murayama
  • Iqbal Ahmed

The elderly or geriatric population, composed of people ages 65 years and over, is rapidly growing in the United States and throughout the world. According to the United Nations World Prospects published in 2005, the global population of people over age 60 years in 2005 was estimated to be 672 million out of a total of approximately 6.5 billion and is expected to reach 1.9 billion by 2050 (cited in: Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The World Population Prospects: the 2004 revision. http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WPP2004/2004 Highlights_ finalrevised.pdf). In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the elderly population over age 65 years was 36.8 million, or 12% of the total U.S. population. Of this group, those over the age of 85 were the fastest growing segment.

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Atypical Antipsychotic Geriatric Patient Geriatr Psychiatry Geriatric Population Undue Influence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lori Murayama
    • 1
  • Iqbal Ahmed
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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