November 202216
Elder Abuse: Warning Signs
Posted By : Melissa Ford

A previous edition of Elder Care provides details about the reporting process if elder abuse is suspected, including what information is needed to make a report, what happens after a report is filed, and common…

November 202215
Frailty – Elders At Risk
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Frailty is a common geriatric syndrome associated with aging that is predictive of a decline in health. It is characterized by a loss of physiologic reserves that makes older adults more vulnerable to poor health…

November 202215
Anemia of Chronic Disease
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Anemia, defined as a hemoglobin level <12 g/dL in women and <13 g/dL in men, is common in older adults, and its prevalence rises with age. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that…

November 202214
Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Patient
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to have or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. While uncommon in young men, ED becomes more frequent with increasing age. At age 50, only about 5% of…

November 202214
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Issues for Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in joints. RA tends to be symmetrical in its distribution, meaning joints on both sides of the body…

November 202213
Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Indications for Measuring Pulmonary Function Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults. Common indications for pulmonary function testing (PFT) in older adults are symptoms that suggest lung disease, such as dyspnea, chest tightness, cough, and wheezing.…

November 202212
Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults – Pharmacotherapy
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Anxiety disorders are common among older adults and associated with poor quality of life, increased disability, and cognitive impairment. Studies indicate that early treatment targeting full cessation of anxiety symptoms has considerable benefit for older…

November 202211
Nocturia in Older Adults
Posted By : Melissa Ford

Nocturia, defined as voiding at least twice per night that interrupts sleep, is a common complaint in older adults. The prevalence among those 70 years and older is reported to be 69-93% in men and…