The growing proportion of older adults in the population has increased the interest in psychiatric symptoms and disorders that seriously compromise the quality of life in this age group. Psychotic symptoms are common among both demented and nondemented older adults and demand resources from the social and health care systems. There are different etiologies of these symptoms, and different possible underlying medical contributing illnessess, concomitant medications, dementia, delirium, and psychiatric comorbidities should be identified before a specific antipsychotic treatment is considered.
Key words: psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, paranoid older adults.
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