Psychotic symptoms are more common in population of older adults than in younger people, this is due to the fact that ‘medical conditions’ such as delirium and dementia can have associated psychotic symptoms. Both delirium and dementia rise with age. The other contributing factors are neurochemical changes associated with aging, social isolation, sensory impairments (poor eye sight, deafness ) and polypharmacy (most older adult have at least two medications for physical health issues and the number of medications taken by older adults increase with age). At least 23% of older adults will experience psychotic symptoms at some point in life.

“At least 23% of older adults will experience psychotic symptoms at some point in life.”