Personality disorders and neurosesPersonality change in old ageLautenschlager, Nicola T; Förstl, HansAuthor Information aSchool of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and WA Centre for Health and Ageing, University of Western Australia, Australia bDepartment of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Technical University of Munich, Germany Correspondence to Professor Nicola T. Lautenschlager MD, University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, M573, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009, WA, Australia Tel: +61 8 9224 2855; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Psychiatry: January 2007 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 62-66 doi: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e3280113d09 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The present short review summarizes some of the most important personality changes in older adults. Recent findings Personality changes in old age are usually minimal. Cluster B personality disorders appear to become less prevalent. Significant changes in personality are typically associated with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (e.g., slowly progressive sociopathy), Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment due to incipient dementia or underlying medical illness. Summary Therefore, we suggest that a significant change in personality in old age always warrants careful neuropsychiatric examination. Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.