Elder Care Interprofessional Provider Sheets

Elder Care Provider Sheets for Interprofessional Health Providers

  • Single-page resource on core geriatric syndromes, conditions, and considerations in care
  • Include screening and assessment tools, and treatment tips
  • Engaging, practical and evidence-based
  • Written and edited by interdisciplinary experts in geriatrics and gerontology

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ABCDs of Medicare Explains the difference between and what is covered by Medicare parts A, B, C, D
Activity Scheduling for Depression in Older Adults Explains how getting older adults to plan activities, both social and individual, can help treat depression
Advance Directives Describes the various types of advance directives and discusses ethical and cultural considerations in implementing them
Age-Related Vestibular Disorders: Implications for Older Adult Patients Reviews the presentation and treatment of the common vestibular disorders seen in older adults
Ageism Reviews the prevalence and implications of ageism, along with steps clinicians can take to reduce ageism among themselves, their patients, and their communities.
Akathisia Defines Akathisia and explains how to diagnose and treat it
Ambiguous Loss in Dementia Caregiving Ambiguous loss is a loss that is unclear; it has no resolution and no predictable ending or closure. Understanding this unique loss can help the caregiver develop methods to cope more effectively and live successfully with the uncertainty of dementia.
Amyloid Imaging for Alzheimer's Disease Explains how amyloid imaging is performed and its potential utility in the diagnosis of Alzheimer
Anemia of Chronic Disease Defines anemia of chronic disease and explains how to diagnose and treat it
Animal-Assisted Interventions for Older Adults - Part 1 Defines animal assisted interventions and discussed the conditions for which they have been shown to be beneficial
Animal-Assisted Interventions for Older Adults - Part 2 Defines animal assisted interventions and discusses the challenges, role of healthcare professionals and laws supporting AAI
Anti-TNF Agents for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Older Adults Reviews the special considerations for older adults when treating inflammatory bowel disease with biologic drugs
Anxiety in Older Adults - Pharmacotherapy Managing anxiety symptoms in older adults by regulating medications.
Aortic Stenosis in Older Adults Reviews aortic stenosis - prevalence, presentation, evaluation and indications for treatment.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Reviews the various treatments available for benign prostatic hypertrophy
Canes Describes the various types of canes and the advantages and disadvantages of each type
Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults Discusses the best way to assess kidney function in older adults along with issues related to care of older adults with chronic kidney disease
Chronic Urinary Catheters - Troubleshooting Blockage Reviews the reason why urinary catheters sometimes become blocked, and discusses the approach to evaluate and manage patients with catheter blockage.
Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Insomnia in Older Adults Reviews effective non-pharmacologic interventions for dealing with insomnia in older adults
Communicating with Patients who have Dementia Reviews the best and most effective ways to speak to individuals who have dementia
Communication: Improving Communication with Older Patients Reviews the most appropriate ways to communicate with older adults in clinical settings, emphasizing approaches that improve understanding and avoiding ageism
Communication: Improving Communication with People Who Have Hearing Loss Reviews the approach to speaking with individuals who have hearing loss, pointing out methods that are effective and those that are ineffective
Community Resources for Older Adults A list of community resources that can help older adults
Conducting Family Meetings Reviews eight key components of effective meetings between clinicians and patients
Constipation: Outpatient Management of Constipation in Older Adults Reviews the diagnosis and treatment (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of constipation in older adults
COPD Management in Older Adults with Heart Disease or Diabetes Reviews the management of COPD in older adults, with an emphasis on those who also have heart disease or diabetes
CPR: Advice for Helping Patients and Families Decide Provides information about the potential benefits and adverse outcomes of CPR in older adults that can be used when counseling patients about "code" status
Decreasing Polypharmacy The Art of Deprescribing This edition of Elder Care discusses problems associated with polypharmacy and provides recommendation about how clinicians should approach the process of deprescribing medications.
Delirium Reviews the criteria for diagnosing delirium in older adults, along with recommendations for prevention of delirium
Delirium in the ICU Reviews the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of delirium in older adults hospitalized in intensive care
Dementia - Don't Forget Points out that the diagnosis of dementia is often missed, and discusses approaches to improve diagnosis
Dementia: Not All Dementia is Alzheimer's Disease Discusses the various dementia-like illnesses that can be confused with Alzheimer
Dentures Reviews the different types, care, and costs of dentures, along with a brief discussion of alternatives to dentures for selected patients
Depression in Older Adults Discusses screening, diagnosis, and treatment of depression in older adults
Depression in Older Adults - Pharmacotherapy Reviews prescription drugs and non-prescription supplements that are used for treating depression, with an emphasis on special issues in treating older adults
Diabetes - Special Considerations for Older Adults Reviews goals for glycemic control and blood pressure, the use of statins and aspirin for cardioprotection, and monitoring for geriatric syndromes in older adults with diabetes
Dialysis in the Older Adult - Practical Considerations Discusses how to decide if an older adult with renal impairment is a candidate for dialysis (including dialysis trials), along with when and how to discontinue dialysis
Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence Reviews the causes, diagnostic evaluation, and treatments for older adults who have diarrhea and/or fecal incontinence.
Differentiating Palliative Care and Hospice Care How to differentiate the need for palliative care vs hospice care in patients with life-limiting illness
Discussing Cognitive Aging with Patients and Families Cognitive aging occurs in all individuals over their life span. How to discuss.
Disease Screening in Older Adults: When to Stop Reviews common screening tests used in older adults and when to consider stopping screening based on life expectancy, individual patient preferences, and other factors
Driving and the Older Adult Reviews factors to consider when evaluating whether it is appropriate for an older adult (with cognitive impairment or other medical problems) to continue driving
Elder Abuse: Clinician Reporting Discusses clinicians reporting guidelines for elder abuse
Elder Abuse: Warning Signs Reviews the warning signs that clinicians might encounter that indicate the possibility that a patient is a victim of elder abuse
Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Patient Reviews the evaluation and treatment of older men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction
Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Perceptions in End-of-Life Issues Compares the general, overall current knowledge about the end of life perceptions of four groups (African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans)
Falls: Assessing and Intervening in Fall Risk in Older Adults Reviews approaches to screening for fall risk and prevention of falls
Fit to Fly? Older Adults and Air Travel Reviews medical considerations when older adults with serious medical problems want to travel via commercial airlines - focusing on patients with lung and heart disease, and the risk of venous thromboembolic disease
Frailty - Elders At Risk Discusses the definition, assessment, and implications of frailty in older adults
Frailty in Patients Undergoing Elective and Emergency Surgery Describes how to include frailty in the pre-operative assessment of older adults undergoing elective and non-elective surgery
Frontotemporal Dementia Discusses the various presentations of frontotemporal dementia along with a brief review of diagnosis and treatment
Geriatric Evaluation Describes geriatric assessment and provides links to tools that can be used for the assessment
Health Literacy Reviews the prevalence and implications of limited health literacy for older adults, along with recommendations for providing patients with clear and simple explanations
Health Risks for Family Caregivers Assessing the needs of family caregivers
Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know Reviews the various types of hearing aids, their care, and trouble shooting problems that sometimes occur with them
Hearing Loss - Cognitive Assessment Reviews the role of hearing loss in cognitive assessment, and distinguishes between symptoms of hearing loss and dementia-related hearing difficulties.
Hearing Loss - Epidemiology and Screening Describes prevalence of hearing loss and common screening measures
Heart Failure Management - In the Home and Community Discusses issues encountered in the self-care of patients with heart failure
Herpes Zoster ("Shingles) and Postherpetic Neuralgia Reviews the presentation and treatment of acute herpes zoster (shingles) and of post-herpetic neuralgia.  Also discussed vaccine for preventing herpes zoster.
Hip Fractures in Older Adults: Update on Perioperative Management Reviews pre-operative evaluation, post-operative care, and post-discharge care of patients undergoing surgery for hip fracture
HIPAA and Working with Family Caregivers This edition of Elder Care reviews what HIPAA regulations say about how and when clinicians can share health information of older adults with their caregivers and family members.
HIV/AIDS: Implications for Older Adult Patients Reviews the prevalence of, screening for, and problems encountered in drug therapy of HIV/AIDS in older adults
Hoarding Disorder Reviews the definition, diagnosis, and treatment of hoarding disorder
Hospice Care for Patients with Dementia Reviews why hospice care should be considered for patients with dementia, when it should be considered, and what that care involves
Hospice Eligibility for Patients with COPD Reviews the hospice eligibility requirements for hospice care in patients with COPD and when such care should be considered
Hypertension: Managing in Older Adults Reviews blood pressure goals and optimal medication regimens for treating hypertension in older adults
Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosis A number of factors contribute to the high prevalence of hyponatremia in older adults
Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Therapeutic Considerations Treating Hyponatremia
Immunizations for Older Adults Reviews immunization recommendations for older adults
Integrative Medicine in Elder Care: Mind-Body and Energy Medicine Reviews several of the most widely used approaches to integrative medicine in older adults
LGBT - Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities Provides recommendations for selecting a long-term care facility that will be welcoming to LGBT older adults
LGBT - What You Should Know About LGBT Older Adults Provides recommendations for improving quality of care for LGBT older adults
Low Vision Aids Presents information and pictures of the various aids, other than eyeglasses, that can be useful to adults with vision problems
Lower Extremity Edema in Older Adults Reviews the causes and treatment of pedal edema in older adults
Lung Cancer Screening in Older Adults Presents current recommendations about lung cancer screening, along with controversies about those recommendations
Macular Degeneration Reviews the diagnosis of and summarizes treatments available for macular degeneration
Medical Decision-Making Capacity Reviews how to assess medical decision-making capacity in older adults
Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Summarizes the elements, approaches and reimbursement issues regarding the regular Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
Medication-Induced Hypokalemia: A Common Problem Reviews the common medications that can cause hypokalemia
Methadone for Treating Pain in Older Adults Methadone as an option for treating pain in older adults
Motivational Interviewing with Older Adults Explains what motivational interviewing is, and how it can be used for behavioral counseling in older adults
Multiple Myeloma: a Disease of Older Adults Summarizes the presentation, diagnosis, and approach to treatment (including when to discontinue treatment) in older adults who have multiple myeloma
Music And Communication Reviews how music affects cognitive function and how it can be used to manage behavior problems in older adults with dementia
Nocturia in Older Adults Reviews the causes and treatments (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic) of nocturia in older adults
Opioids in Older Adults - Initiating Therapy This edition of Elder Care reviews the potential benefits and risks of opioids for treating pain in older adults, along with a discussion of how to evaluate a patient before prescribing opioids.
Oral Care for Older Adults Summarizes oral health needs of older adults and offers tips for preventive care and preventive protocols for selected health conditions.
Osteoarthritis: An Overview Reviews the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoarthritis in older adults
Osteoporosis: Good Bone Gone Bad Review the risk factors, screening recommendations, and treatment of osteoporosis in older adults
Overweight and Obesity in Non-Frail Older Adults Reviews diagnostic criteria for and treatment of obesity in non-frail older adults
Pain - Management of Persistent Pain in Older Adults Reviews the assessment and treatment of chronic pain in older adults, with special considerations for the use of opioids
Pain in Patients Who Have Heart Failure Reviews the types of pain experienced by patients who have heart failure, and summarizes the approach to treatment
Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD Reviews the approach to palliative care of dyspnea in patients with advanced COPD, including both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches
Palliative Care of Nausea and Vomiting Reviews the approach to treatment (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic) of patients experiencing nausea and vomiting in palliative care settings
Parkinsons Disease Reviews the medical and surgical treatments for Parkinsons Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease Reviews the diagnostic approach to and treatment of peripheral artery disease in older adults
Physical Exercise (The Role of) in Cognitive Function Discusses the role of and recommendations regarding physical activity for maintaining and enhancing cognitive function in older adults.
Physical Exercise Guidelines for Older Adults Provides recommendations regarding physical exercise in older adults, along with a review of common exercise-related injuries and medications that can interfere with the ability to exercise
Pneumonia in Nursing Home Patients Reviews the causes and treatment of nursing home-acquired pneumonia
Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults Reviews the approach to preoperative evaluation of older adults being considered for non-cardiac surgical procedures.
Preparatory Grief Explains what preparatory grief is in patients with a life-limiting disease, and how to help patients deal with it
Presbyphonia: The Aging Voice Reviews what presbyphonia is, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated
Presentation of Common Infections in Older Adults Reviews how some common infections present differently in older adults than in younger individuals
Pressure Ulcers in Older Adults Reviews prevention, assessment, and treatment of pressure ulcers in older adults
Psychosis in Dementia - Pharmacotherapy Managing and psychotherapy for psychosis in people with dementia
Pulmonary Function Tests in Older Adults Reviews the various tests available to assess lung function, and how to interpret the test results in older adults
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Provides information on what happens in pulmonary rehabilitation programs and when to consider referring patients for pulmonary rehabilitation
Recognition of Advanced Illness and Impending Death Provides information on how to estimate survival time for life limiting illness, and how to discuss this with patients
Recognizing Dehydration in Older Adults Discusses signs and symptoms of dehydration and tips for dealing with it.
Religion and End of Life Part 1: How Different Religions View the End of Life This 2-part Elder Cares reviews how several major religions view end-of-life care, including pre-death and post-death rituals, the acceptability of do-not-resuscitate orders, and how to communicate with families of patients who are dying or have died.
Religion and End of Life Part 2: Respecting a Patient's Religious Values Near the End of Life This 2-part Elder Cares reviews how several major religions view end-of-life care, including pre-death and post-death rituals, the acceptability of do-not-resuscitate orders, and how to communicate with families of patients who are dying or have died.
Resilience in Aging Explains what resilience is and how it can be assessed and promoted in older adults
Restless Legs Syndrome Reviews the diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Issues for Older Adults Reviews the treatments (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic) for rheumatoid arthritis and discusses special issues pertinent to older adults who have the condition
Shoulders: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults Reviews the four most common shoulder problems seen in older adults, discussing the approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Sleep in Older Adults Reviews normal and abnormal sleep cycles and sleep disorders in older adults, and reviews cognitive behavioral therapies for insomnia
Sleep in Older Adults - Pharmacotherapy Provides recommendations for drug treatment of sleep disorders in older adults
Spiritual Needs of Hospitalized Older Adults Explains how to assess and address the spiritual needs of older adults who are hospitalized with serious or life-limiting illnesses
Spirituality: Conducting Spiritual Assessments with Older Adults Spirituality is central to the self-identity of many older adults
Statin Therapy for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Older Adults Reviews the use of statins - choice of drug, monitoring therapy, and dealing with adverse effects - for cardiovascular risk reduction in older adults
Substance Abuse in Older Adults Reviews detection and treatment of substance abuse problems in older adults
Suicide Prevention for Older Adults This edition of Elder Care outlines the risk factors and warning signs for suicide in older adults, along with steps clinicians can take to prevent their older patients from attempting suicide.
Tremors Reviews the common tremors that occur in older adults and how to distinguish them from one another
Urinary Incontinence - Diagnosis Reviews how to identify reversible causes of urinary incontinence and how to distinguish the common irreversible causes from one another
Urinary Incontinence - Treatment Reviews the treatment options for stress incontinence and urge incontinence
Urinary Tract Infections in Long Term Care Reviews the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI) in non-catheterized patients in long-term care facilities.
Walkers: Choosing the Correct Walker Describes the different types of walkers and how to decide which type is best for an individual patient