Ask the Doctor: Aging Successfully with Schizophrenia
For the last 20 years, Dr. Dilip Jeste has studied the effects of aging in 1,500 middle-aged and older people living with schizophrenia and has found some very encouraging results. While it is true that people living with schizophrenia have a higher risk of developing physical illnesses than the general population, they actually do not age any faster cognitively than those living without schizophrenia. Even more promising, his research has shown that psychosocial functioning actually improves with age for people living with schizophrenia. They have learned from the past and are now more able to adhere to mental health treatment, have higher self-esteem and a better quality of life.