By age 85, most individuals have some degree of frailty and health conditions requiring chronic therapy, and among these health conditions, anemia is exceptionally common. This activity is designed to guide clinicians through the differential diagnosis of geriatric anemia, to narrow differential diagnosis and guide subsequent evaluation.
Heart failure is an economic loss with almost thirty-two billion dollars spent annually to cover the expenses incurred due to this disease including medications for treatment, provision of health care, and work days lost. With careful attention to evidence based guidelines for care and comprehensive, holistic, and collaborative efforts made by providers, patients and payers, this challenging disease can be tackled both effectively and efficiently.
Dr. Able discusses an early-stage, non-invasive diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease. Newly release clinical data indicates a simple, but reliable system of early-stage diagnosis of AD may revolutionize the diagnosis and management of AD.
Many elderly adults and their loved ones have not given serious consideration to how their lives may end and how they will manage and react when that time comes. Advance directives are the key to being prepared.
Primary care practitioners (PCPs) need to be better aware of the etiology and workup of geriatric anemia in order to improve outcomes and provide optimal management of these patients including who and when to refer. The session is designed to guide PCPs through the differential diagnosis of geriatric anemia, specifically using mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW), which are part of the standard complete blood count, to narrow differential diagnosis and guide subsequent evaluation.
“You are what you eat” is an adage that is supported by research. Eating healthy foods can lead to a healthier body, while not having such foods can lead to problems such as nutrient and vitamin deficiencies, unintended weight loss, or obesity. In the elderly population, nutritional issues are of particular importance, as the aging body becomes more susceptible to chronic and acute disease states.
Collaborative Care for Managing the Geriatric Patient. A collaborative relationship is central to managing geriatric patients. This involves the development of trust, as well as the ability to listen. When my patients feel that they can trust me, and believe that I am listening to and not just hearing their needs, they are more likely to be open in discussing the details of their health with me. According to Osterberg and Blaschke, studies have shown that “poor provider relationships may lead to greater medication nonadherence.”
New Resource for Older Drivers and Their Families. In August 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled a new online resource for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive topic: Is it still safe to drive? Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Older Drivers topic offers up-to-date information on how aging may affect driving, including physical changes, safety issues and ways older drivers can cope when driving skills change.
CASE STUDY: 61-year-old woman with “the shakes”. “My hand tremors are getting worse and are getting in the way of my normal activities. Even my handwriting is getting difficult to read. Do I have Parkinson’s? What’s wrong with me?”
Do Older Women Really Need Osteoporosis Testing Every Two Years? While many women older than 65 years are referred for bone mineral density testing every two years, a new study published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” suggests that the interval can safely be much longer.
Helping Your Patients Plan End-of-Life Care. When seriously ill patients are nearing the end of life, they and their families sometimes find it difficult to decide on whether to continue medical treatment and, if so, how much treatment is wanted, and for how long. In these instances, patients rely on their healthcare providers for guidance.