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- Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI)
Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI)
“I work with older adults, a majority of them have mild cognitive impairment and/or early stages of dementia. Therefore, when normally I have had difficulty in ascertaining levels of anxiety with previous measures, I am now able to use the GAI.”
Anxiety is very prevalent in older people, but with dementia also presenting as a common illness in this group, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression can be overlooked because the symptoms can be very similar.
The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) is a simple scale for quickly screening older people for anxiety disorders. It can be easily administered and scored by a range of clinical staff across a variety of health care settings.
Apart from being quick and easy to use, the GAI is the first clinically validated anxiety screening tool that can be used with normal older people and older people with mental health problems. (see Pachana, N.A., Byrne, G.J., Siddle, H., Koloski, N., Harley. E., & Arnold, E. (2007). Development and validation of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory. International Psychogeriatrics, 19, 103-114)
The GAI is a 20-item questionnaire that health practitioners administer to older patients. Topics covered include feelings of fearfulness, worry, physical symptoms of anxiety, and concerns about the impacts of worry and anxiety.
The GAI has been translated into 23 languages and used in 33 countries across the world. These translations enable practitioners to ensure they are using the most appropriate language for their patients, accommodating nuances in local language expressions.
The following variants are currently available:
- SHORT FORM
English - GBR
English - USA
Portugese - Brazil
- STANDARD FORM
Thai (in development)
Urdu (in development)
Spanish – Spain
Spanish – Argentina
Spanish - Mexico
The GAI is available now for purchase as a licensed downloadable pdf file. To purchase, choose the category of intended use (commercial or non-commercial) from the category menu on the left of this page, and then select the languages you would like to use. License terms and conditions do apply, so please read these carefully on the product page. Payment is via credit card only.