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Common Infections in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2001 - Infectious diseases account for one third of all deaths in people 65 years and older. Early detection is more difficult in the elderly because the typical signs and symptoms, such as fever and leukocytosis, are frequently absent. A change in mental status or decline in function may be ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p257.html

Sleep Problems in the Elderly - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - Refreshing sleep requires both sufficient total sleep time as well as sleep that is in synchrony with the individual's circadian rhythm. Problems with sleep organization in elderly patients typically include difficulty falling asleep, less time spent in the deeper stages of sleep, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2551.html

Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2000 - Management of abnormalities in water homeostasis is frequently challenging. Because age-related changes and chronic diseases are often associated with impairment of water metabolism in elderly patients, it is absolutely essential for clinicians to be aware of the pathophysiology of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0615/p3623.html

The Geriatric Patient: A Systematic Approach to Maintaining Health - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2000 - The number of persons 65 years of age and older continues to increase dramatically in the United States. Comprehensive health maintenance screening of this population is becoming an important task for primary care physicians. As outlined by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1089.html

Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2000 - The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 limited the use of psychotropic medications in residents of long-term care facilities. Updates of OBRA guidelines have liberalized some dosing restrictions, but documentation of necessity and periodic trials of medication withdrawal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1437.html

Alcoholism in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2000 - Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are common but underrecognized problems among older adults. One third of older alcoholic persons develop a problem with alcohol in later life, while the other two thirds grow older with the medical and psychosocial sequelae of early-onset alcoholism. The ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1710.html

Influenza in the Nursing Home - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2002 - Although influenza affects persons of all ages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified several groups who are at increased risk for complications. One such group is residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. During influenza epidemics, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0101/p75.html

Constipation in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1998 - Constipation affects as many as 26 percent of elderly men and 34 percent of elderly women and is a problem that has been related to diminished perception of quality of life. Constipation may be the sign of a serious problem such as a mass lesion, the manifestation of a systemic disorder...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0915/p907.html

A Practical Guide to Caring for Caregivers - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2000 - Patients who provide care to family members or friends with dementia are likely to be in a family physician's practice. The caregiver role can be stressful, and identifying these patients can give the family physician opportunities to help patients cope with the challenges of the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1215/p2613.html

Depression Without Sadness: Alternative Presentations of Depression in Late Life - ...

Sep 1, 1999 - Older adults often deny feeling sad while exhibiting other characteristics of depression. Elderly patients with depression who do not present with sadness often have unexplained somatic complaints and exhibit a sense of hopelessness. Anxiety and anhedonia (a general loss of ability to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0901/p820.html

AGS Releases Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons - Practice Guidelines -...

Jul 1, 2010 - Recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guide physicians in screening older patients for risk of falling and preventing falls among those at increased risk.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p81.html

Diagnostic Evaluation of Urinary Incontinence in Geriatric Patients - American Family ...

Jun 1, 1998 - In most cases, the evaluation of urinary incontinence requires only a history, a physical examination, urinalysis and measurement of postvoid residual urine volume. The initial purposes of the evaluation are to identify conditions requiring referral or specialized work-up and to detect ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0601/p2675.html

Hospice Care in the Nursing Home - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1998 - Hospice care is being used more frequently to provide skills and services that are not otherwise available in nursing homes. For eligible terminally ill patients, the Medicare Hospice Benefit supplies an interdisciplinary team with skills in pain management, symptom control and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0201/p491.html

Incorporating Advance Care Planning into Family Practice - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1999 - Despite widespread support for the concept of advance care planning, few Americans have a living will or a health care proxy. Advance care planning offers the patient the opportunity to have an ongoing dialog with his or her relatives and family physician regarding choices for care at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p605.html

Brief Screening Instruments for Dementia in Primary Care - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Mar 15, 2009 - In addition to identifying patients who may benefit from pharmacotherapy, early detection of dementia helps families anticipate the patient’s needs and helps physicians identify those in need of additional support.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0315/p497.html

Family Physicians and Nursing Home Medicine: Forging a Partnership for Quality Care - ...

May 15, 2010 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> May 15, 2010 Issue Editorials Family Physicians and Nursing Home Medicine: Forging a Partnership for Quality Care D.A. BRECHTELSBAUER, MD, CMD, Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Am Fam Physician. 2010...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1200.html

Promoting Physical Activity in Older Adults - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2010 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jan 1, 2010 Issue Editorials Promoting Physical Activity in Older Adults DAVID M. BUCHNER, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois Am Fam Physician. 2010 Jan 1;81(1):24-26. Related Article Shortly...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p24.html

Treatment of Nursing Home-Acquired Pneumonia: Dogma vs. Data - Editorials - American ...

Jun 1, 2009 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2009 Issue Editorials Treatment of Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia: Dogma vs. Data JOSEPH M. MYLOTTE, MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jun 1;79(11):945-948. Related Article...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0601/p945.html

Restraining Devices for Patients in Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities - Editorials - ...

Feb 15, 2009 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 15, 2009 Issue Editorials Restraining Devices for Patients in Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities LAUREN G. COLLINS, MD; CHRISTOPHER HAINES, MD; and ROBERT L. PERKEL, MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Am...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0215/p254.html

Predicting Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Nov 15, 2007 - Delirium is a common complication in hospitalized older patients, particularly in those in the intensive care unit.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1527.html

Monitoring Therapy for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Jun 1, 2007 - Patients with Alzheimer's disease who undergo treatment of any kind should be monitored eight weeks after initiation of therapy and at least every six months thereafter.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1703.html

Exercise for Older Patients Who Are Acutely Hospitalized - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jul 1, 2007 - The effects of exercise interventions on functional outcomes are unclear, but there is a trend toward functional improvement. Multidisciplinary interventions that include exercise also show several other benefits, including reduction in length of hospitalization and hospital costs; ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0701/p69.html

Antidepressants in Older Persons - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2006 - In older persons with depression, three classes of antidepressants are equally effective: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants, and tricyclic-like compounds. More patients taking classic tricyclic antidepressants stopped their medications because of...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1101/p1503.html

Predicting Four-Year Mortality Risk in Older Adults - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Aug 15, 2006 - Survival prognoses for older adults may help patients and physicians make decisions about screening, treatment, and advance directives.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0815/p633.html

Prescribing for Older Adults: Finding the Balance - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2007 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Dec 15, 2007 Issue Editorials Prescribing for Older Adults: Finding the Balance ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY, PharmD, Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden, Massachusetts Am Fam Physician. 2007 Dec...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1215/p1768.html

The Importance of Reporting Mistreatment of the Elderly - Editorials - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2007 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2007 Issue Editorials The Importance of Reporting Mistreatment of the Elderly LISA M. GIBBS, M.D., and LAURA MOSQUEDA, M.D., University of California, Irvine Orange, California Am Fam Physician. 2007 Mar 1;75(5):628. Elder...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0301/p628.html

Preventing Burns in Older Patients - Editorials - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2006 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Nov 15, 2006 Issue Editorials Preventing Burns in Older Patients AMY R. EHRLICH, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Bronx, New York Am Fam Physician. 2006 Nov 15;74(10):1688-1693. For older adults, burns...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1115/p1688.html

Screening for Dementia: Recommendation and Rationale - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Mar 15, 2004 - This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for dementia and the supporting evidence, and it updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1473.html

How Useful Is the Concept of "Failure to Thrive" in Care of the Aged? - Editorials - ...

Jul 15, 2004 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 15, 2004 Issue How Useful Is the Concept of ‘Failure to Thrive’ in Care of the Aged? DOUGLAS C. WOOLLEY M.D., M.P.H., Kansas University School of Medicine Wichita, Kansas. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Jul 15;70(2):248-257. Related...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0715/p248.html

Which Interventions Help to Prevent Falls in the Elderly? - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jun 1, 2002 - Beneficial interventions include individually prescribed programs of muscle strengthening, balance retraining, tai chi exercise, and home hazard assessment, limiting use of psychotropic medications, and team-approach multiple health and environmental risk factor reduction programs.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2259.html

Initiating Discussions About Advance Directives - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2002 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2002 Issue Editorial Initiating Discussions About Advance Directives: The Family Physician's Role BLAKE SYPHER, PH.D. Marshall University School of Medicine Huntington, West Virginia Am Fam Physician. 2002 Jun...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0615/p2443.html

Advance Directives in Patient Care: If You Ask, They Will Tell You - Editorials - ...

Feb 1, 1999 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 1999 Issue Editorials Advance Directives in Patient Care: If You Ask, They Will Tell You DAVID DOUKAS, M.D., University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan Am Fam Physician. 1999 Feb 1;59(3):530-533. Related...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p530.html

Preventive Care for the Elderly: Getting By in the Absence of Evidence - Editorials - ...

Apr 1, 1999 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Apr 1, 1999 Issue Editorials Preventive Care for the Elderly: Getting By in the Absence of Evidence PAUL S. FRAME, M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York Am Fam Physician. 1999 Apr...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0401/p1747.html

Caring for Caregivers - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2000 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Dec 15, 2000 Issue Editorials Caring for Caregivers JAMES O'BRIEN, M.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky Am Fam Physician. 2000 Dec 15;62(12):2584-2587. Related Article Long-term care given by family members is a...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1215/p2584.html

The Integration of Hospice Programs in Nursing Homes - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 1998 Issue Editorials The Integration of Hospice Programs in Nursing Homes AUBREY L. KNIGHT, M.D., Carilion Family Practice Residency Program, Roanoke, Virginia Am Fam Physician. 1998 Feb 1;57(3):424-425. Related Article A...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0201/p424.html

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