Diagnosing Aspergers syndrome in the elderly: a series of case presentations
Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 21, Issue 10, pages 951–960, October 2006
How to Cite
James, I. A., Mukaetova-Ladinska, E., Reichelt, F. K., Briel, R. and Scully, A. (2006), Diagnosing Aspergers syndrome in the elderly: a series of case presentations. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 21: 951–960. doi: 10.1002/gps.1588
- Issue online: 22 SEP 2006
- Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUL 2005
- Aspergers syndrome;
- older adult;
- case report;
- assessment tool
There are over 200 000 people in the UK diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (AS). Most of these are children and young adults, owing to the fact the disorder was established relatively recently. It can be argued, therefore, that there are many older adults who may have met the criteria for AS as children, but never received such a diagnosis due to the fact it had yet to be established. What happended to these people as they aged?
This paper examines this issue in detail and presents five case studies of elderly individuals who the authors believe meet the criteria of AS.
The work illustrates AS presentation in old age, the assessment problems and tools required to assess older people, and the implications of such formulations for clinical practice.
Older patients with undiagnosed AS may currently be receiving inappropriate treatments. Greater awareness of AS in the older population would enable better management of such patients. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.