Challenges in the training of elderly CAPD patients

  • Betty Kelman
Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 34)


In this paper, challenge refers to ‘something that requires a special effort and a dedication of spirit’. In this instance, the nurses in our dialysis units are dedicated to assist the elderly in acquiring the life skills needed to support life on CAPD despite doubts within the community about the social usefulness of such a treatment for the elderly. Recently, Daniel Callahan [1] has written about the necessity of setting limits to medical care. He asks society to accept the concept of life span as a natural event with a natural ending at the right and appropriate time. Further he suggests that, given this acceptance, interventions like dialysis would not greatly increase the life expectancy of the elderly patient and thus, in the future, should not be applied in this population.


Senior Citizen Social Usefulness Dialysis Unit Caregiver Role Cardiac History 
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