Geriatric Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

  • James D. Helsley
  • Sandra K. Vanin
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)
In 1965, the federal government passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) was created. By that act, older Americans were considered to be persons 60 years of age or older. There are many terms used to define this population of indviduals, including geriatric, senior, seasoned, and aged. This chapter uses these terms interchangeably. From a medical standpoint, age ranges vary when defining this population. As of 2004, there were 36.3 million people in the United States over the age of 65 years [1]. One in every eight Americans is an older citizen. Elderly women outnumber men by six million. The over-65 population in the United States is expected to reach 55 million by the year 2020. Approximately one third of the elderly live alone. Median income for the elderly in 2004 was $21,102 for males and $12,080 for females. One third of older Americans rely on Social Security for 90% of their income [1]. The average geriatric patient takes 3.2 drugs. Forty...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Helsley
    • 1
  • Sandra K. Vanin
    • 2
  1. 1.West Virginia University Student Health ServiceMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.West Virginia Bureau of Senior ServicesState Capitol, CharlestonUSA

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