Ole J. Thienhaus M.D.
Ole J. Thienhaus M.D.

People over the age of 85 now represent the fastest growing segment of America’s elderly population, and their mental health problems will be discussed next Thursday (Oct. 31) in an “Update on Geriatric Psychiatry” at the Arizona Senior Academy.

The speaker will be Ole J. Thienhaus M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

In addition to his general topic of psychiatry for the aged, Thienhaus will emphasize the  unique problems those over 85 pose not only to the medical community but also to their family and communities.

Topics to be covered in his 3:30 p.m. lecture include growing old in America, the psychiatric hazards of advancing age, depression and dementia.  Dr.Thienhaus will also discuss the treatment of disruptive behaviors in dementia, cognitive decline, cognitive enhancements and the use of pharmocotherapies.

In addition to his faculty duties, Dr. Thienhaus is a consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Hospital Accreditation Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Submitted by Walter L Freedman, M.D., Academy Village Volunteer

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Prof to Discuss Mental Health and the Elderly: Oct. 2013