Geriatric Gastroenterology: Future Trends

  • Karen E. Hall


The US population is aging rapidly as the “baby boom” cohort begins to enter the geriatric age range of 65 and older. This demographic shift is likely to have significant effects on gastroenterology practice for at least a quarter of a century. Care of older patients is often much more complex, due in part to significant chronic disease burden and also to increasing impairment in mobility and cognition. This chapter identifies various aspects of gastroenterology practice that will likely be impacted by the increasing number of geriatric-aged patients, and suggested approaches to address these issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Michigan Healthcare System, East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatric Center, Geriatric ClinicAnn ArborUSA

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