This book: strives to educate physicians and other allied health professionals on the specialty of clinical geriatric medicine; covers Professor Bernard Isaacs' giants of geriatric, or four 'I's of geriatrics - immobility, instability, incontinence, and intellectual impairment; serves as a practical guide in the management of geriatric syndromes; covers several useful mnemonics that not only serve as memory aides, but also serve to emphasize the multi-factorial etiology of clinical and functional deterioration in the older adult; covers ethical, medico-legal and socio-economic problems encountered in daily geriatric practice, and discusses the effective resolution of conflicts in these areas that is critical to achieving optimal outcomes in caring for the older adult; addresses end of life issues; and, provides techniques to enable the mandatory switch in the physician's therapeutic focus from curing disease pathology to enhancing functional status.
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
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