Common Problems of the Elderly

  • James P. Richardson
  • Aubrey L. Knight

Abstract

Older patients are a challenging but satisfying part of most family physicians’ practices. Optimal care of geriatric patients occurs when the precepts of continuity of care, the team approach to the management of illness, the importance of the family, and the biopsychosocial model are followed. Because of the prevalence of chronic disease in the elderly, cure may be elusive, but appropriate care always improves the quality of the older adult’s life. Some common problems of the elderly are reviewed in this chapter. More complete discussions may be found in textbooks of geriatric medicine.1,2

Keywords

Nursing Home Urinary Incontinence Stress Incontinence Pressure Ulcer Spinal Cord Injuries26 
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  • Aubrey L. Knight

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