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December 1959

A Review of Some Recent Treatment Methods for Elderly Psychiatric Patients

Author Affiliations

Washington, D.C.
Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(6):578-592. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590060040004

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates, by 1975 there will be 21,000,000 persons in the United States who are 65 years of age and older. Since 1900, while the total population of the United States has doubled and the number of persons from 45 to 64 years old has tripled, the number of persons aged 65 years and more has quadrupled. Because of this indicated growth of population at older age levels, interest in the methods to secure, maintain, and restore their health has quickened. This report, highlighting some representative efforts relative to the psychiatric problems of elderly persons, may serve as a review of current efforts and a guidepost for future efforts.

In the United States, the number of persons living beyond the age of 65 in 1950 was nearly double that in 1900. For the practice of medicine this statistic had numerous

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