Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Addressing factors that lead to lack of adherence to antihypertensive 
therapy in elderly patients is crucial to improving outcomes.

Treating ­hypertension in older patients

Treating ­hypertension in older patients

In those older than age 65 years, high BP heightens risk for various forms of heart disease as well as for chronic kidney disease and diabetes mellitus.

Improving the quality of geriatric cancer survivorship

Improving the quality of geriatric cancer survivorship

A collaborative approach to cancer treatment, incorporating the entire oncology team and the PCP, provides the best outcomes for quality patient care.

Osteoarthritis and 
Rheumatoid ­Arthritis 2012: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, 
and Treatment

Osteoarthritis and 
Rheumatoid ­Arthritis 2012: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, 
and Treatment

This article highlights the differences in the pathophysiology and diagnostic criteria for OA and RA, and also describes current and potentially new treatment options for these conditions.

HAART meds: Implications for the older adult patient

HAART meds: Implications for the older adult patient

Patients infected with HIV are living longer, which means they have more age-related comorbidities that require other medications as well.

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

Ongoing research and new developments hold promise for altering 
osteoarthritis and go beyond simply treating the symptoms.

Urinary incontinence in the older female population

Urinary incontinence in the older female population

Despite what clinicians and patients think, accurate evaluation and targeted interventions can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Assessment of functional impairments in an aging population is one of the most daunting challenges facing primary-care clinicians.

Treatment guidelines for Alzheimer-type dementia

Treatment guidelines for Alzheimer-type dementia

The most common dementia in the elderly, Alzheimer disease places tremendous physical and emotional strain on patient and caregiver alike.

Use fracture risk to predict osteoporosis

Use fracture risk to predict osteoporosis

Be sure to consult guidelines from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for advice on optimizing calcium and vitamin D intake and reducing fall risk.

Treating giant cell arteritis to avoid complications

Treating giant cell arteritis to avoid complications

Seen primarily in individuals older than age 50 years, this inflammatory disorder is characterized by headache, jaw pain, and vision difficulties.

Falls in older adults: averting a disaster

Falls in older adults: averting a disaster

Falls can lead to hip fracture and head injury and can raise the risk of early death. Fortunately, this public-health problem is largely preventable.

Guide to caring for patients with dementia

Guide to caring for patients with dementia

Given the importance of long-term treatment and management of this population, primary-care clinicians are ideally suited to play a lead role.

Osteoporosis screening in postmenopausal women

Osteoporosis screening in postmenopausal women

New management strategies include the use of Web-based tools, an emphasis on lifestyle approaches, and early pharmaceutical intervention.

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Assessment of functional impairments in an aging population is one of the most daunting challenges facing primary-care clinicians.

Alzheimers management from diagnosis to late stage

Alzheimers management from diagnosis to late stage

Caring for a patient with Alzheimers disease involves more than assessment and treatment. Education and legal issues must also be considered.

Mixing NSAIDs with antiplatelet therapy

Mixing NSAIDs with antiplatelet therapy

Combining these agents may compound GI complications. New guidelines help primary-care clinicians identify and protect patients most at risk.

Managing UTIs in debilitated patients

Managing UTIs in debilitated patients

A common occurrence among this patient population, urinary tract infection causes significant morbidity and mortality.

Shingles can be treated—and now prevented

Shingles can be treated—and now prevented

Older patients are at greatest risk for debilitating postherpetic neuralgia, but antiviral therapies ease the pain, and a new vaccine offers hope of prevention.

Determining when men need testosterone

Determining when men need testosterone

Deficiency can lead to sexual dysfunction and osteoporosis. Here are approaches to diagnosis and some factors to consider before treating.

Epileptic seizures in older adult patients

Epileptic seizures in older adult patients

The conclusion of this two-part report looks into the management and therapeutic options available to clinicians treating this population.

Minimize adverse drug reactions in the elderly

Slower metabolism, compromised adherence, and potential interactions present new challenges as patients get older. Here's how to manage them.

Making the best use of osteoporosis agents

There are changes in the wind for patients with osteoporosis and their clinicians. But don't underestimate currently available therapies.

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