Geriatric Patients

  • D. Alan Lankford
  • Steven H. Herman


In recent years, the fields of psychology and medicine have witnessed refinements and improvements in existing approaches to human problems, as well as the emergence of new techniques for treatment of special problems or populations. One consequence of these improvements in patient care has been an increase in the proportion of elderly citizens throughout the population. By one recent estimate, persons over the age of 65 number 22 million, or approximately 10% of the population (Reichel, 1978). Projected population figures indicate that by the year 2000, these numbers will have increased to 30 million, or approximately 12% of the population, with both figures continuing to increase into the next century. These persons represent a special population with unique needs and problems that include both psychological and physical components.


Nursing Home Elderly Person Behavioral Medicine Geriatric Patient Apply Behavior Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Alan Lankford
    • 1
  • Steven H. Herman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Psychology Service, Veterans Administration Medical CenterBehavioral Medicine InstituteMiamiUSA

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