Geriatric Gastroenterology: The Geriatrician’s Perspective
Aging trends confirm a population with longer life expectancy, many living to be octogenarians and centenarians. This group differs in that it has a greater likelihood for functional and cognitive disorders and additional comorbidity. With this background, the specialist including the gastroenterologist must adopt an approach that differs from that to the young patient; one can anticipate difficulties in preparing for a diagnostic procedure and comprehending the purpose for diagnostic testing or management. Physiological age must be given importance over chronological age; the ultimate goal should be restoration of functional status where possible, understanding risks involved, adherence to the patient’s wishes and keeping quality of life foremost in mind.
KeywordsPalliative Care Fecal Occult Blood Test Geriatric Patient Successful Aging Impaired Cognition
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