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Author: Richard Glickman-Simon, M.D.

Session 3: The Geriatric Assessment – Essentials

1. Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate how the clinical presentation of elderly patients often differs from those of their younger counterparts, including atypical findings and multisystem syndromes

  • Describe how multidisciplinary medicine is essential to the quality care of the elderly

  • Explain the purpose and scope of the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)

  • Describe the methods used to collect information regarding the medical, nutritional, social, neuropsychiatric, and functional status of older adults

  • Identify problem areas and propose reasonable interventions based on information obtained from the geriatric assessment

2. Readings

  • Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

  • Gill TM. Geriatric medicine: it's more than caring for old people. American Journal of Medicine. 113(1):85-90, 2002 Jul.

3. Additional Resource

  • Continuity of Care: Integration of Services. Merck Manual of Geriatrics