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The Brookdale Foundation Group


Frank W. Burr Blvd

Suite 13

Teaneck, NJ









Claudia Orengo, MD

Claudia Orengo

Dr. Claudia Orengo is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her MD/PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas and completed her residency training in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Orengo’s research focuses on biological parameters of behavioral disturbances in elderly with dementia.

As a Brookdale National Fellow, Dr. Orengo examined the role serum free testosterone has in aggressive behavior in elderly men with dementia. In individuals with dementia cortical influences are markedly diminished and the behavior/neurochemical relationship may be more direct. Dr. Orengo believes that androgens may be more likely to contribute to certain behavior disturbances seen in some individuals with dementia, because of their diminished higher cortical regulation of these behaviors. In a pilot study, she found a significant association between objective measures of physical aggression and free testosterone and specific aggressive acts (i.e., physical and verbal) in elders with dementia. By better defining aggression and finding possible determinants of aggressive behavior, more specific treatments for aggression in individuals with dementia can be developed. If certain specific aggressive acts can be treated safely and effectively by antagonists of androgens, institutionalization of individuals with dementia may be prevented or delayed by decreasing the burden on the caregiver and the potential danger to caregivers and individuals with dementia.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1998