Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry: Risk Assessment and Management

  • Joseph C. Ferencz
  • Gary A. Chaimowitz
  • Caroline Giroux


As the population of North America ages and the prevalence of systemic medical illnesses and certain psychiatric disorders increases, the number of older individuals presenting to the legal system having committed aggressive offenses is also likely to grow. Consequently, the demand for forensic psychiatric assessments of such individuals is only likely to increase. The present chapter will provide a brief overview of the types of geriatric forensic assessments which are commonly undertaken, with a focus on psychiatric risk assessment and management.


Forensic Forensic evaluation Elderly offenders Risk assessment Static Dynamic Capacity Criminal responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph C. Ferencz
    • 1
  • Gary A. Chaimowitz
    • 2
  • Caroline Giroux
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySt. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton/McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Forensic PsychiatryMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California Davis Health SystemSacramentoUSA

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