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A call for a new positive psychiatry of ageing

  • Dilip V. Jeste (a1) and Barton W. Palmer (a1)
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We propose a new model for geriatric psychiatry to help meet the needs of a rapidly growing population of older adults. This positive old age psychiatry would focus on recovery, promotion of successful ageing, neuroplasticity, prevention, and interventions to enhance positive psychological traits such as resilience, social engagement and wisdom.

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Dilip V. Jeste, MD, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (0664), La Jolla, CA 92093-0664, USA. Email: djeste@ucsd.edu
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D.V.J. is the President of the American Psychiatric Association.

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A call for a new positive psychiatry of ageing

  • Dilip V. Jeste (a1) and Barton W. Palmer (a1)
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