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Geriatrics lecture 1

Introduction to Geriatrics

The single most critical issue facing geriatric patients is? Loss of Idenependence
Characteristics of Geriatric patient (part1) Physiological development is complete. Skeletal growth is done. Menopause has occurred. For many, maintaining status quo is good. With motivation, some achieve improvement in functional status.
Characteristics of Geriatric patient(part2) Often seek help only after significant loss of function. Society has built culture of youth. As physician we often must help individuals adapt to their changing physical, social, financial and emotional circumstances.
Characteristics of Geriatric patient(part3) For all, life is ultimately finite, and the goal becomes one of acceptance and palliation of the extenuating symptoms.
Created by: burnettjj