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Older adults are at particularly high risk of adverse drug events given physiologic changes of aging and compounded effects of multiple medications. Dangerous side effects of medications may lead to falls, orthostatic hypotension, heart failure, and delirium.
Delirium is largely preventable, yet often goes unrecognized by clinicians and is subsequently poorly managed. Current evidence-based guidelines focus on prevention, recognition, and management of delirium in the complex older adult.
Substance abuse is a growing public health concern among older adults. As patients age and continue to use alcohol and other substances well into their later years, age-related physiological changes are likely to increase elderly patients’ sensitivity to effects of substance use, abuse, and dependence.
Acute pain is a common reason why older adults seek treatment from health care providers, yet these patients often fail to receive adequate pain management and timely reassessment of symptoms.