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Author: Richard Glickman-Simon, M.D.

Session 4a: Geriatric Syndromes – Essentials

1. Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain how the geriatric population is best viewed as a subset of the adult population often requiring unique and different approaches to otherwise common issues

  • Describe how both prescription and over-the-counter medications, while given with the best intentions, can negatively impact elder wellness

  • Identify risk factors for falls in elders and describe ways to mitigate them

  • Describe the impact of cognitive impairment, from diagnosis to treatment, on elders and their support systems

2. Readings

  • Tinetti ME. Clinical practice. Preventing falls in elderly persons. New England Journal of Medicine. 348(1):42-9, 2003 Jan 2.

  • Cummings JL. Alzheimer's disease. New England Journal of Medicine. 351(1):56-67, 2004 Jul 1.

3. Additional References

  • Falls. Merck Manual of Geriatrics

  • Delirium and Dementia. Merck Manual of Geriatrics