#116 Geriatric Psychiatry: Sleep, Dementia, and Behavioral Disturbances
Published September 27, 2018
29 min
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    Geriatric psychiatry returns. We tackle sleep problems and behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia with returning guest, and Geriatric Psychiatrist Dennis Popeo MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. Topics include: pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of insomnia; treating agitation and irritability; medical management of psychotic symptoms and paranoia; ethical concerns about the treatment of challenging behaviors in dementia; and the shortage of geriatricians and geriatric psychiatrists.

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    Written & Produced by: Jordana Kozupsky NP, Matthew Watto MD

    Artwork by: Kate Grant MD

    Hosts: Jordana Kozupsky NP, Matthew Watto MD

    Editor: Matthew Watto MD

    Guest: Dennis Popeo, MD

    Time Stamps

    • 00:00 Intro and guest bio
    • 01:55 Case of sleep disturbance in a patient with dementia; medications for sleep disturbances; nonpharmacologic strategies for sleep
    • 11:32 Irritability and agitation versus paranoia, or psychotic symptoms; benzodiazepines in older adults
    • 15:40 Antipsychotic medications, the black box warning and ethical concerns
    • 23:50 Geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists in short supply; Behavioral interventions
    • 28:16 Outro


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