Preventive Health Care for the Elderly

  • Steven R. Gambert


A comprehensive preventive health care program should be a part of every older person’s medical care. Numerous age-associated physiological changes and age-prevalent illnesses can be managed within a preventive health program that includes primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions. The goal of primary intervention is to prevent illness and maintain optimal function. The goal of secondary intervention is to detect disease at early stages. The goal of tertiary intervention is to prevent the progression and complications of disease.


Influenza Vaccine Preventive Health Tetanus Toxoid Tertiary Intervention Caloric Requirement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven R. Gambert
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Center for Aging and Adult DevelopmentNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  2. 2.Westchester County Medical CenterValhallaUSA
  3. 3.Ruth Taylor Geriatric and Rehabilitation InstituteValhallaUSA

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