Geriatric Care

May 15, 2010 Issue
Nursing Home Care: Part I. Principles and Pitfalls of Practice [Article]

Approximately 1.5 million Americans reside in nursing homes. A family physician often leads the interdisciplinary team that provides for the medical, functional, emotional, nutritional, social, and environmental needs of these patients. The treatment of nursing home residents is a dynamic process of...

May 15, 2010 Issue
Nursing Home Care: Part II. Clinical Aspects [Article]

Understanding the distinctions between the management of clinical problems in nursing homes compared with the community setting helps improve the overall care of nursing home residents. Liberalizing diets helps avoid unintentional weight loss in nursing home residents, although the use of feeding ...

Jan 1, 2010 Issue
Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults [Article]

Few older adults in the United States achieve the minimum recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity contributes to many chronic diseases that occur in older adults, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, Alzheimer disease, hypertension, and cancer....

Jan 1, 2010 Issue
Promoting Physical Activity in Older Adults [Editorials]

Nov 1, 2009 Issue
Therapeutic Home Adaptations for Older Adults with Disabilities [Article]

Family physicians commonly care for older patients with disabilities. Many of these patients need help maintaining a therapeutic home environment to preserve their comfort and independence. Patients often have little time to decide how to address the limitations of newly-acquired disabilities. Physi...

Jul 15, 2008 Issue
Geriatric Screening and Preventive Care [Article]

Preventive health care decisions and recommendations become more complex as the population ages. The leading causes of death (i.e., heart disease, malignant neoplasms, cerebrovascular disease, and chronic lower respiratory disease) among older adults mirror the actual causes of death (i.e., tobacco ...

Dec 15, 2007 Issue
Minimizing Adverse Drug Events in Older Patients [Article]

Adverse drug events are common in older patients, particularly in those taking at least five medications, but such events are predictable and often preventable. A rational approach to prescribing in older adults integrates physiologic changes of aging with knowledge of pharmacology. Focusing on spec...

Jul 15, 2007 Issue
Predicting Hip Fracture Risk in Older Women [Point-of-Care Guides]

Approximately one in six women will have a hip fracture during her lifetime, and approximately one in 35 of all women will die of complications from hip fracture.

Aug 15, 2006 Issue
Predicting Four-Year Mortality Risk in Older Adults [Point-of-Care Guides]

Survival prognoses for older adults may help patients and physicians make decisions about screening, treatment, and advance directives.

Aug 1, 2006 Issue
Exercise and Older Patients: Prescribing Guidelines [Article]

A combination of aerobic activity, strength training, and flexibility exercises, plus increased general daily activity can reduce medication dependence and health care costs while maintaining functional independence and improving quality of life in older adults. However, patients often do not benefi...

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