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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 1 N3

Principles of Managing ill Health in Old Age


The spectrum of disease starts to change and disability rises after the age of 60 years. In old age the combination of multiple chronic pathology makes predicting the course of illness difficult. There are different patterns of disease presentation with somewhat altered responses to treatment. Elderly patients require comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment and access to rehabilitation services to help restore them to their maximum ability. As there has been a marked increase in the elderly population, elderly patients now constitute the bulk of workload in most specialities. This article is not intended to give a comprehensive description of all aspects of geriatric medicine but to raise awareness of commonly encountered clinical problems in old age.

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