The elderly are living longer and are increasing in numbers. The average life expectancy is now 74 years, 20 years more than it was at the turn of the century. Five percentage of the population is over 75, and this is the fastest growing segment of the population (1). Primary care geriatrics offers the physician the rewards of working with people with long and interesting life histories. And it offers a special poignancy in the opportunity to help patients and families resolve important issues before death.
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