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Geriatric Failure to Thrive - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2004 - In elderly patients, failure to thrive describes a state of decline that is multifactorial and may be caused by chronic concurrent diseases and functional impairments. Manifestations of this condition include weight loss, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and inactivity. Four ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0715/p343.html

How Useful Is the Concept of "Failure to Thrive" in Care of the Aged? - Editorials - ...

Jul 15, 2004 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 15, 2004 Issue How Useful Is the Concept of ‘Failure to Thrive’ in Care of the Aged? DOUGLAS C. WOOLLEY M.D., M.P.H., Kansas University School of Medicine Wichita, Kansas. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Jul 15;70(2):248-257. Related...

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Depression in Later Life: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge - American Family ...

May 15, 2004 - Depression in elderly persons is widespread, often undiagnosed, and usually untreated. The current system of care is fragmented and inadequate, and staff at residential and other facilities often are ill-equipped to recognize and treat patients with depression. Because there is no ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2375.html

Screening for Dementia: Recommendation and Rationale - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Mar 15, 2004 - This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for dementia and the supporting evidence, and it updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1473.html

Vertebral Compression Fractures in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2004 - Compression fracture of the vertebral body is common, especially in older adults. Vertebral compression fractures usually are caused by osteoporosis, and range from mild to severe. More severe fractures can cause significant pain, leading to inability to perform activities of daily ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0101/p111.html

Ambulatory Devices for Chronic Gait Disorders in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2003 - Gait disorders in the elderly are common and in most cases cannot be treated medically or surgically. Therefore, treatment often relies on ambulatory devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers. Before selecting a device, the patient should be evaluated to define whether one or both ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0415/p1717.html

Seizure Disorders in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2003 - Seizure disorders become increasingly common after the age of 60 years and can have a significant impact on functional status. The goal of antiepileptic drug therapy is to control seizures but preserve quality of life. If possible, seizure control should be achieved with one agent given...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0115/p325.html

Using Medications Appropriately in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2002 - Older Americans comprise 13 percent of the population, but they consume an average of 30 percent of all prescription drugs. Every day, physicians are faced with issues surrounding appropriate prescribing to older patients. Polypharmacy, use of supplements, adherence issues, and the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1115/p1917.html

Initiating Discussions About Advance Directives - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2002 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2002 Issue Editorial Initiating Discussions About Advance Directives: The Family Physician's Role BLAKE SYPHER, PH.D. Marshall University School of Medicine Huntington, West Virginia Am Fam Physician. 2002 Jun...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0615/p2443.html

Which Interventions Help to Prevent Falls in the Elderly? - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jun 1, 2002 - Beneficial interventions include individually prescribed programs of muscle strengthening, balance retraining, tai chi exercise, and home hazard assessment, limiting use of psychotropic medications, and team-approach multiple health and environmental risk factor reduction programs.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2259.html

Evaluating and Treating Unintentional Weight Loss in the Elderly - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2002 - Elderly patients with unintentional weight loss are at higher risk for infection, depression and death. The leading causes of involuntary weight loss are depression (especially in residents of long-term care facilities), cancer (lung and gastrointestinal malignancies), cardiac disorders...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p640.html

Promoting and Prescribing Exercise in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2002 - Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits in older adults, including improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipid profile, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive function. Regular physical activity is also associated with decreased mortality and age-related ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0201/p419.html

Influenza in the Nursing Home - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2002 - Although influenza affects persons of all ages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified several groups who are at increased risk for complications. One such group is residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. During influenza epidemics, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0101/p75.html

Common Infections in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2001 - Infectious diseases account for one third of all deaths in people 65 years and older. Early detection is more difficult in the elderly because the typical signs and symptoms, such as fever and leukocytosis, are frequently absent. A change in mental status or decline in function may be ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p257.html

Anemia in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2000 - Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate deficiency, gastrointestinal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1001/p1565.html

Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2000 - Management of abnormalities in water homeostasis is frequently challenging. Because age-related changes and chronic diseases are often associated with impairment of water metabolism in elderly patients, it is absolutely essential for clinicians to be aware of the pathophysiology of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0615/p3623.html

Falls in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2000 - Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments in the United States and the primary etiology of accidental deaths in persons over the age of 65 years. The mortality rate for falls increases dramatically with age in both sexes and in all racial and ethnic ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2159.html

Alcoholism in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2000 - Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are common but underrecognized problems among older adults. One third of older alcoholic persons develop a problem with alcohol in later life, while the other two thirds grow older with the medical and psychosocial sequelae of early-onset alcoholism. The ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1710.html

Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2000 - The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 limited the use of psychotropic medications in residents of long-term care facilities. Updates of OBRA guidelines have liberalized some dosing restrictions, but documentation of necessity and periodic trials of medication withdrawal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1437.html

The Geriatric Patient: A Systematic Approach to Maintaining Health - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2000 - The number of persons 65 years of age and older continues to increase dramatically in the United States. Comprehensive health maintenance screening of this population is becoming an important task for primary care physicians. As outlined by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1089.html

Depression Without Sadness: Alternative Presentations of Depression in Late Life - ...

Sep 1, 1999 - Older adults often deny feeling sad while exhibiting other characteristics of depression. Elderly patients with depression who do not present with sadness often have unexplained somatic complaints and exhibit a sense of hopelessness. Anxiety and anhedonia (a general loss of ability to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0901/p820.html

Elder Mistreatment - American Family Physician

May 15, 1999 - Elder mistreatment is a widespread problem in our society that is often under-recognized by physicians. As a result of growing public outcry over the past 20 years, all states now have abuse laws that are specific to older adults; most states have mandated reporting by all health care ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2804.html

Sleep Problems in the Elderly - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - Refreshing sleep requires both sufficient total sleep time as well as sleep that is in synchrony with the individual's circadian rhythm. Problems with sleep organization in elderly patients typically include difficulty falling asleep, less time spent in the deeper stages of sleep, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2551.html

Preventive Care for the Elderly: Getting By in the Absence of Evidence - Editorials - ...

Apr 1, 1999 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Apr 1, 1999 Issue Editorials Preventive Care for the Elderly: Getting By in the Absence of Evidence PAUL S. FRAME, M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York Am Fam Physician. 1999 Apr...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0401/p1747.html

Incorporating Advance Care Planning into Family Practice - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1999 - Despite widespread support for the concept of advance care planning, few Americans have a living will or a health care proxy. Advance care planning offers the patient the opportunity to have an ongoing dialog with his or her relatives and family physician regarding choices for care at ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p605.html

Advance Directives in Patient Care: If You Ask, They Will Tell You - Editorials - ...

Feb 1, 1999 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 1999 Issue Editorials Advance Directives in Patient Care: If You Ask, They Will Tell You DAVID DOUKAS, M.D., University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan Am Fam Physician. 1999 Feb 1;59(3):530-533. Related...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p530.html

Constipation in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1998 - Constipation affects as many as 26 percent of elderly men and 34 percent of elderly women and is a problem that has been related to diminished perception of quality of life. Constipation may be the sign of a serious problem such as a mass lesion, the manifestation of a systemic disorder...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0915/p907.html

Anticoagulation in Elderly Persons: A Call for Wider Use - Editorials - American Family...

Jul 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 01, 1998 Issue Editorials Anticoagulation in Elderly Persons: A Call for Wider Use VALERY A. PORTNOI, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva, University Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York Am Fam...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0701/p39.html

Diagnostic Evaluation of Urinary Incontinence in Geriatric Patients - American Family ...

Jun 1, 1998 - In most cases, the evaluation of urinary incontinence requires only a history, a physical examination, urinalysis and measurement of postvoid residual urine volume. The initial purposes of the evaluation are to identify conditions requiring referral or specialized work-up and to detect ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0601/p2675.html

Diagnostic Approach to the Confused Elderly Patient - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 1998 - Confusion in the elderly patient is usually a symptom of delirium or dementia, but it may also occur in major depression and psychoses. Until another cause is identified, the confused patient should be assumed to have delirium, which is often reversible with treatment of the underlying ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0315/p1358.html

Hospice Care in the Nursing Home - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1998 - Hospice care is being used more frequently to provide skills and services that are not otherwise available in nursing homes. For eligible terminally ill patients, the Medicare Hospice Benefit supplies an interdisciplinary team with skills in pain management, symptom control and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0201/p491.html

The Integration of Hospice Programs in Nursing Homes - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 1998 Issue Editorials The Integration of Hospice Programs in Nursing Homes AUBREY L. KNIGHT, M.D., Carilion Family Practice Residency Program, Roanoke, Virginia Am Fam Physician. 1998 Feb 1;57(3):424-425. Related Article A...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0201/p424.html

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