Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

Living Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Older Adults in the Emergency Health Care Setting

  • Judy LowthianEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_253-1



Older people are increasingly seeking health care from ambulance services and hospital emergency departments. The terms “emergency medical services” and “ambulance services” and “emergency rooms,” “emergency departments,” and “accident and emergency rooms” are often used interchangeably in the literature. All provide immediate health care for people who perceive the need for immediate treatment or care, which is generally provided for a short period of time. Modern emergency rooms are not designed for frail older patients who typically have special needs compared with other age groups, requiring a different approach from clinical staff.

Increasing Emergency Demand by an Aging Population

Aging of populations across developing and developed countries necessitates review of how emergency services are provided to ensure that the health and social care needs of older people...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Health and Preventive MedicineMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia