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GOLDEN YEARS

Loss of Weight

Introduction Body weight is determined by the interplay of calorie intake, activity level, and the metabolic rate. Significant alterations involving any of these factors may result in weight loss. Unintentional weight loss, defined as the loss of 10 lb (4.5kg) or a decrease of more than 5% of usual body …

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Loss of Appetite

Introduction Loss of appetite (LOA) or Anorexia is defined as loss of the desire to eat and is associated with a reduced food intake. LOA can be due to a wide range of disease processes. However, many clinicians do not assess the nutritional status of the elderly routinely or treat …

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Senile Purpura

Introduction The skin is constantly renewing itself. New cells are formed on the lower layer of skin which slowly move upward. By the time they reach the surface of the skin, these cells are dead and are removed daily. With ageing, this process of cell renewal slows down. The “dead …

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Fecal Incontinence

Introduction Fecal (stool) incontinence means uncontrolled passage of bowel movements. Losing control over bowel movements and becoming incontinent is humiliating for most older people. Older people who become incontinent of feces (stool) often fear that others will view them as helpless and dependent. Fortunately, fecal incontinence can often be cured …

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Arthritis

Arthritis

Introduction Although the term means joint inflammation, arthritis really refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, septic arthritis etc. The two commonest forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. What …

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Introduction and epidemiology Respiratory disease ranks as the most common cause of medical consultation and the fourth leading cause of hospital admission. COPD is a condition characterised by persistent airflow obstruction which is slowly progressive. It can also present with features of airway hyper reactivity. It is a common cause …

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