Geriatric Psychology and the Injured Elderly

Chapter

Abstract

Psychological disorders impact the care of the elderly trauma patient. Dementia is a cognitive disorder with many subtypes. Screening tests can help diagnose the impairment and treatments focus on symptoms. Delirium is all too common in the hospitalized elderly. Diagnostic tools exist but identification and modification of risk factors to prevent delirium are essential. Depression and substance abuse not only affect outcomes in the injured elderly but can contribute to causing trauma.

Keywords

Depression Dopamine Morphine Serotonin Melatonin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Barraco
    • 1
  • Anne M. Yawman
    • 2
  • Joshua Gish
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryLehigh Valley Health NetworkAllentownUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geriatric MedicineLehigh Valley Hospital NetworkAllentownUSA
  3. 3.General Surgery ResidentLehigh Valley Health NetworkAllentownUSA

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