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Chapter 18 - Sleep disorders in the elderly*

from Section III - Care of the elderly by organ system

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2016

Jan Busby-Whitehead
University of North Carolina
Christine Arenson
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Samuel C. Durso
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Daniel Swagerty
University of Kansas
Laura Mosqueda
University of Southern California
Maria Fiatarone Singh
University of Sydney
William Reichel
Georgetown University, Washington DC
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Sleep disorders in late life are typically unrecognized, underdiagnosed, and poorly treated. Epidemiological studies report that more than 50% of older adults meet diagnostic criteria for one or more sleep disorders. These sleep disorders often are associated with negative changes in quality of life and increased health care burden and mortality rates, among other serious consequences. Contextual factors may complicate the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in late life. Insomnia and sleep apnea are the two most common sleep disorders in older patients. Both psychological interventions and pharmacotherapy are treatments for insomnia and sleep apnea.
Reichel's Care of the Elderly
Clinical Aspects of Aging
, pp. 264 - 273
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2016

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