Important Note

Tufts ended funding for its Open Courseware initiative in 2014. We are now planning to retire this site on June 30, 2018. Content will be available for Tufts contributors after that date. If you have any questions about this please write to edtech@tufts.edu.

Tufts OpenCourseware
Search
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