Caregiver Report of Hallucinations and Paranoid Delusions in Elders Aged 70 or Older

TitleCaregiver Report of Hallucinations and Paranoid Delusions in Elders Aged 70 or Older
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsTurvey, CL, Schultz, SK, Arndt, S, Ellingrod, V, Wallace, RB, Herzog, AR
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume13
Issue2
Pagination241-249
KeywordsDemographics, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare
Abstract

This study examined the demographic, medical, and psychiatric correlates of hallucinations and paranoid delusions reported by proxy informants for 822 elders aged 70 or older. This sample comprised people who were deemed unable to complete a direct interview in a large nationwide study of aging. Marital status, trouble with vision, and cognitive impairment were associated with report of both paranoid delusions and hallucinations. Depressive symptoms and stroke were associated with hallucinations only. These results suggest that inadequate external stimulation in the elderly leads to psychotic experiences.

Endnote Keywords

Caregivers/Dementia/Elderly

Endnote ID

16250

Citation Key6783