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date: 15 January 2021

The assessment of elderly patients differs from that of younger adults. For assessment of the medical problems of elderly patients, it is also important to assess functional status, cognitive capacity, financial resources, and the safety and appropriateness of their domicile. Appropriate preventive screening should be a part of the assessment of elderly patients who are in good health. The subsequent sections of this chapter describe the components of a comprehensive assessment of the geriatric patient, including nutrition, depression, functional status, social support, advance directives, falls, vision, hearing, sexual function, memory impairment, delirium, pressure ulcers, urinary incontinence, and medications.

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