Health Maintenance and Preventive Care in Older Adutls with Dementia

  • Ursula K. BraunEmail author


This chapter discusses appropriate preventive testing in older adults, which requires weighing the benefits and burdens of testing. Decisions regarding which tests to offer need to be stratified by patients’ estimated life expectancy, which is not just determined by chronological age alone but more so by physical and cognitive functioning as well as major comorbidities. Beneficial preventive measures should be offered to older adults. Methods for optimizing delivery of preventive services, including cancer screening tests, other screening tests, healthy lifestyle counseling, immunizations, chemoprophylaxis, and how to improve health promotion in primary care will be discussed.


Elderly Life expectancy Geriatric health maintenance Preventive care Immunizations Cancer screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Rehabilitation and Extended Care LineHoustonUSA

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