The AGP System

Manual for the Documentation of Psychopathology in Gerontopsychiatry

  • William Guy
  • Thomas A. Ban

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. W. Guy, T. A. Ban
    Pages 1-2
  3. William Guy, Thomas A. Ban
    Pages 3-22
  4. William Guy, Thomas A. Ban
    Pages 23-29
  5. William Guy, Thomas A. Ban
    Pages 30-31
  6. William Guy, Thomas A. Ban
    Pages 32-102
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 103-126

About this book

Introduction

Among the more frequently quoted epidemiological facts in current public health discussions are: (a) the elderly today represent about 10% of the population of the industrialized world; (b) the third world nations are moving in the same direction; (c) the trend toward a growing proportion of the aged in the world population will continue over the next few decades; (d) people over 80 now represent the fa. stest growing sector in North America; (e) in the elderly, general morbidity - and particularly morbidity of the central nervous syste- is many times that in the younger popUlation; (f) 5% of those over 65 years of age and 20% of those over 80 suffer from some degree of dementia. A global tidal wave of patients suf­ fering from Alzheimer's disease (or senile dementia) is threat­ ening to engulf us by the year 2000. This disease, which is, at our present state of knowledge, ir­ reversible, and other age-related dementias are perhaps the most sinister forms of any disability. They deprive their vic­ tims not only of their physical capacities but also of their autonomy and their ability to think and to make decisions for themselves. The future cost of psychogeriatric diseases in terms of suffering for individuals, stress for families, demand for manpower, and budgetary requirements for governments could become astronomical.

Keywords

System alzheimer's disease autonomy dementia diagnosis psychiatry stress

Editors and affiliations

  • William Guy
    • 1
  • Thomas A. Ban
    • 1
  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversitySouth NashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82514-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-15440-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82514-9
  • About this book