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Edited by Craig Atwood

University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States of America

With the baby boomer generation reaching 65 years of age, attention in the medical field is turning to how best to meet the needs of this rapidly approaching, large population of geriatric individuals. Geriatric healthcare by nature is multi-dimensional, involving medical, educational, social, cultural, religious and economic factors. The chapters in this book illustrate the complex interplay of these factors in the development, management and treatment of geriatric patients, and begin by examining sarcopenia, cognitive decline and dysphagia as important factors involved in frailty syndrome. This is followed by strategies to increase healthspan and lifespan, such as exercise, nutrition and immunization, as well as how physical, psychological and socio-cultural changes impact learning in the elderly. The final chapters of the book examine end of life issues for geriatric patients, including effective advocacy by patients and families for responsive care, attitudes toward autonomy and legal instruments, and the cost effectiveness of new health care technologies and services.

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GeriatricsEdited by Craig Atwood

Published: February 24th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1893

ISBN: 978-953-51-0080-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6825-6

Copyright year: 2012

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60836 Total Chapter Downloads

14 Crossref Citations

28 Web of Science Citations

37 Dimensions Citations


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1. Physical Function in Older People

By Noran N. Hairi, Tee Guat Hiong, Awang Bulgiba and Izzuna Mudla


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2. Sarcopenia in Older People

By Noran N. Hairi, Awang Bulgiba, Tee Guat Hiong and Izzuna Mudla


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3. The Epidemiology of Vascular Dementia

By Demet Ozbabalık, Didem Arslantaş and Nese Tuncer Elmacı


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4. Swallowing Difficulties in Elderly People: Impact of Maxillomandibular Wedging

By Marie-Hélène Lacoste-Ferré, Sophie Hermabessière and Yves Rolland


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5. Association of Disease-Specific Mortality with Fitness Measurements and Nonparticipation in an 80-Year-Old Population

By Yutaka Takata, Toshihiro Ansai, Inho Soh, Shuji Awano, Yutaka Yoshitake, Yasuo Kimura, Ikuo Nakamichi, Sumio Akifusa, Kenichi Goto, Akihiro Yoshida, Ritsuko Fujisawa, Kazuo Sonoki, and Tatsuji Nishihara


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6. Behavioral Treatment for Geriatric Syndrome

By Hunkyung Kim


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7. Aging and Exercise Training on the Neuromuscular Functions of Human Movements

By Junichiro Yamauchi


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8. Tailor-Made Programs for Preventive Falls that Match the Level of Physical Well-Being in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

By Minoru Yamada, Tomoki Aoyama and Hidenori Arai


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9. Vaccine-Preventable Infectious Respiratory Diseases in the Elderly

By Noriko Kojimahara


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10. Beneficial Effect of Viscous Fermented Milk on Blood Glucose and Insulin Responses to Carbohydrates in Mice and Healthy Volunteers: Preventive Geriatrics Approach by "Slow Calorie"

By Mari Mori, Atsumi Hamada, Satoshi Ohashi, Hideki Mori, Toshiya Toda and Yukio Yamori


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11. Health Education for the Elderly

By Ayla Kececi and Serap Bulduk


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12. Expanding the Time Frame for Advance Care Planning: Policy Considerations and Implications for Research

By Jeffrey S. Kahana, Loren D. Lovegreen and Eva Kahana


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13. End of Life Care: Attitudes Toward Autonomy and Legal Instruments

By Arthur Oscar Schelp


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14. Health Economics and Geriatrics: Challenges and Opportunities

By Julie Ratcliffe, Kate Laver, Leah Couzner and Maria Crotty


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