Geriatric Care

Editors' Choice of Best Available Content

This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on geriatric care and related issues, including assistive devices, elder mistreatment, failure to thrive, fall prevention, geriatric assessment, house calls, impaired visual acuity, and nursing home care. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised. Note that AFP content published within the past 12 months is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only.



Screening and Prevention

Specific Issues

Improving Practice

Patient Education, Self-Care

Other AFP Content


09/15/2013 Functional Decline in Older Adults Algorithm

Screening and Prevention

03/15/2020 Fracture Prevention in Older Adults [Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse] new
03/01/2020 Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation for Maintaining Cognitive Functioning in Cognitively Healthy Adults [Cochrane for Clinicians] new
09/01/2019 Discussing Life Expectancy with Older Patients: Prediction and Patient Preferences [Editorials]
08/15/2018 Preoperative Assessment in Older Adults: A Comprehensive Approach
06/15/2018 Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach
04/01/2017 Exercise Prescriptions in Older Adults
06/15/2016 Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
04/15/2016 Cancer Screening in Older Patients
09/15/2013 A Team Approach: Comprehensive Evaluation for Functional Decline in Older Patients [Close-ups]
01/01/2013 Audiometry Screening and Interpretation
01/01/2010 Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults Patient Education

Specific Issues


03/15/2014 Detecting Elder Abuse and Neglect: Assessment and Intervention Algorithm
03/01/2007 The Importance of Reporting Mistreatment of the Elderly [Editorials]


11/15/2017 The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit: A Resource for Family Physicians [Editorials]


09/15/2015 Management of Constipation in Older Adults Algorithm

Driving Problems

03/15/2006 Older Adult Drivers with Cognitive Impairment Patient Education
01/01/2000 The Older Adult Driver Patient Education

Failure to Thrive

05/01/2014 Unintentional Weight Loss in Older Adults


01/01/2020 Exercise to Reduce Falls in Older Adults [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
08/15/2018 Interventions to Prevent Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
08/15/2018 Interventions to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Community-Dwelling Older Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]
08/15/2017 Preventing Falls in Older Persons Algorithm
02/01/2017 Interventions for Preventing Falls Among Older Adults Living in the Community [Cochrane for Clinicians]
08/15/2011 Geriatric Assistive Devices Algorithm Patient Education
07/01/2010 Gait and Balance Disorders in Older Adults
07/01/2010 AGS Releases Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons [Practice Guidelines] Algorithm

Home Care

04/15/2011 House Calls
11/01/2009 Therapeutic Home Adaptations for Older Adults with Disabilities Patient Education

Nursing Home Care

05/15/2010 Nursing Home Care: Part I. Principles and Pitfalls of Practice
05/15/2010 Nursing Home Care: Part II. Clinical Aspects Algorithm
11/15/2008 Pressure Ulcers: Prevention, Evaluation, and Management Algorithm Patient Education

Oral Health

10/01/2008 Common Oral Conditions in Older Persons


01/01/2020 Beers Criteria for Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Patients: An Update from the AGS [Practice Guidelines]
07/01/2019 Polypharmacy: Evaluating Risks and Deprescribing Algorithm Point of Care
01/01/2019 Deprescribing Is an Essential Part of Good Prescribing [Editorials]
04/01/2013 Appropriate Use of Polypharmacy for Older Patients [Cochrane for Clinicians]
03/01/2013 Reducing the Risk of Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults

Vision Loss

08/01/2016 Vision Loss in Older Adults
01/15/2011 Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]
01/15/2011 Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]


06/01/2019 Caregiver Care Point of Care

Hearing Loss

03/01/2013 Caring for Older Patients Who Have Significant Hearing Loss [Curbside Consultation]
01/15/2013 Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]
01/15/2013 Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
06/15/2012 Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Improving Practice

From FPM

AAFP's Peer-Reviewed Practice Improvement Journal

03/01/2019 Medicare Wellness Visits: Reassessing Their Value to Your Patients and Your Practice
03/01/2017 Medicare Annual Wellness Visits: How to Get Patients and Physicians on Board
07/01/2016 How to Document and Code Medicare Preventive Services
09/01/2014 Caring for Seniors: How Community-Based Organizations Can Help
09/01/2013 iGeriatrics
07/01/2010 Is Your Medicare Payer Playing by the Rules?
03/01/2010 Documenting History in Compliance with Medicare's Guidelines
09/01/2006 Improving Communication With Older Patients: Tips From the Literature
04/01/2005 Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination Encounter Form

Patient Education, Self-Care

06/01/2019 Caregiver Care Patient Education
08/15/2017 Tips for Preventing Falls Patient Education
04/01/2017 What Seniors Should Know About Exercise Patient Education
04/15/2016 Cancer Screening Patient Education
09/15/2015 Treating and Preventing Constipation Patient Education
05/01/2014 Unintentional Weight Loss in Older Adults Patient Education
03/01/2013 Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults: How to Avoid Them Patient Education
08/15/2011 Using Canes and Walkers Patient Education


AAFP's Patient Information Resource


Other AFP Content

10/01/2019 Protecting Patients from Elder Abuse Scams [Close-ups]
10/01/2017 Treating Aging with Testosterone [Editorials]
03/01/2014 Complex Care: Treating an Older Patient with Multiple Comorbidities [Curbside Consultation]
01/01/2012 Refocusing Geriatricians' Role in Training to Improve Care for Older Adults [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]
11/15/2009 Family Physicians' Present and Future Role in Caring for Older Patients [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]

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