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Communication challenges with the elderly 

Communication challenges with the elderly

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Communication challenges with the elderly
Author(s):

Ronald D. Adelman

, Michele G. Greene

, and Milagros D. Silva

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0052
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date: 23 April 2017

The significant growth in the elderly population brings with it increased utilization of healthcare resources. Effective geriatric medical care requires effective communication and consideration of the challenges to communication in all stages of the continuum through health and disease. Given the often-negative perceptions of the elderly and the great heterogeneity of this population, it is imperative that health professionals assess each older patient as an individual. The impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as a terminal illness, has a powerful effect on the lives of older people. Health professionals who care for the elderly with sensitivity to their personhood, their medical status, and psychosocial needs will have a profound influence on the quality of older patients’ lives.

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