Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment addresses the medical problems that are most common, most serious, or most troublesome to older adults. With the explosion in the number of older adults, especially those age 85 years or older, this information is especially important because most physicians and nurses will spend most of their professional lives caring for older adults. Thus, Current Geriatrics presents critical information about cancers, coronary artery disease, and other common diseases as well as the geriatric syndromes such as dementia, delirium, and falls.
Current Geriatrics pays special attention to fundamental principles of late life: The physiologic reserve of organ systems diminishes with age. Age-related decrease in physiologic reserve has consequences, including: The ability to meet physical, mental, and social challenges often diminishes with age; acute insults to one organ system may precipitate problematic decline in the function of other organ systems; geriatric syndromes such as falls or delirium become more common.
Neuropsychiatric effects and manifestations of disease often become prominent in older adults, sometimes precipitated by difficult social circumstances and often exacerbating difficulties in social function and living independently.
Older persons are closer to the end of life than to its beginning, and the goals of care will differ according to personal values and preferences, often focusing more on caring than on cure.
Care for older persons is provided in several settings from home to long-term care to acute hospital.
Autores: C. Seth Landefeld, Mary Anne G. Johnson, C. Bree Johnston, William L. Lyons