The elderly, dementia, aggression and risk assessment

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000 Mar;15(3):254-9. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1166(200003)15:3<254::aid-gps103>;2-t.


There are no clear comprehensive guidelines on risk assessment with the elderly. This paper reviews the literature relevant to the subject in conjunction with the case history of a patient with dementia who committed homicide whilst in residential care. Suggestions concerning factors to be taken into consideration during risk assessment are made.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Aging / physiology
  • Atrophy / pathology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology