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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

Chapter 13 - Anxiety Disorders

Summary

Until recently, very little was known about anxiety in later life, particularly when compared to the breadth of knowledge and research on depression within this age group. However, research into this area is now beginning to grow, with the presence of anxiety in older adults (i.e., aged ≥65 years) found to be associated with an increased risk of mortality [1], disability [2] and lower life satisfaction [3]. Thus, a good understanding of the prevalence, phenomenology, assessment and treatment of anxiety within this population is essential for all clinicians working in the geriatric field, particularly given the manner in which the population is now rapidly ageing.