Approximately 30% of the population over 65 years of age is hearing impaired; ototoxic drugs are a common cause of hearing loss when taken regularly, especially in older adults.
Age-related changes in economic and social status can diminish a person’s nutritional condition, thus increasing the risk of illness and dependence. Drugs both affect nutrition and are affected by nutrition as well.
In light of wider use of second-generation antipsychotic agents, the experience of movement disorders and residual effects induced by antipsychotics remains clinically important in vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly.
A critical review of drug efficacy and safety data is necessary to effectively advocate for geriatric patients and their caregivers.
Healthcare professionals should be aware that violence increases vulnerability to a broad range of physical and mental health problems over the course of a life.
Estrogen deficiency that occurs following menopause is known to cause atrophic changes and may be associated with lower urinary tract symptoms such as urgency and dysuria.
Elderly or debilitated patients may be put at risk of developing a type of central sleep apnea when opioids and other central nervous system depressants are administered.
Chronic morbidity and age-related changes in the foot place the elderly at very high risk for foot problems that cause pain and impair balance and function.
Typically accelerating around age 75 years, sarcopenia plays a predominant role in frailty, which increases the likelihood of falls, fractures, and hospitalizations that are associated with morbidity, disability, and death.
It has been estimated that treatment of new and recurrent cases of HSV keratitis costs the U.S. $17.7 million annually.
PLMD and RLS may interrupt sleep and may contribute to pain in seniors; drug-induced causes should be minimized or eliminated.
The TRUST Project has the potential to significantly improve the health and well-being of older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism and resolve uncertainties about how best to manage it.
A philosophy of minimizing or eliminating medications that do not support the primary goal of care should be advocated.
While fecal transplantation is effective at eradicating CDI, more randomized controlled trials are needed. Will this procedure become a primary mode of treatment?
Commonly seen in all medical settings, BPD may complicate treatment of comorbidities and adversely affect quality of life.
Educating clinicians through academic detailing is an effective way of enhancing clinical decision making to optimize therapeutic outcomes.
The most common gynecologic malignancy in the elderly may become more common as the metabolic
syndrome increases. Is metformin a promising adjuvant therapy?
Pharmacists, as collaborators in geriatric urologic care, can identify medication etiologies of urinary incontinence, raise awareness of these issues, and provide caregiver guidance.
In the elderly, dyspnea on exertion is a more common manifestation of myocardial ischemia than is chest pain.
The pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility of this condition can contribute to functional disability in seniors.
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