Preoperative Evaluation of the Older Surgical Patient

  • Lisa M. Walke
  • Ronnie A. Rosenthal


Beginning in 2012, nearly 10,000 Americans will reach age 65, each day [1]. The number of older Americans is expected to increase from 35 million (12.4% of the total population) in 2000 to 71 million (19.6% of the total population) in 2030 [2]. As demonstrated in Fig. 22.1 [3], the proportion of adults who are ≥65 years of age is increasing, while the proportion of persons  <  age 55 is decreasing. In fact, individuals over age 85, dubbed the “oldest old,” are the most rapidly growing segment of the population, and their number is expected to increase fivefold to almost 19 million by the year 2050 [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Geriatrics Consult Service, Geriatrics & Extended Care ServiceVA Connecticut Healthcare SystemNew HavenUSA

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