Practical Geriatric Assessment

Tia Kostas; Allison Paquin; James L Rudolph


Aging Health. 2013;9(6):579-591. 

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The older population is quite heterogeneous. Although patients may have similar ages or comorbidities, they often vary widely in their functional abilities. To provide outstanding care to geriatric patients, we must provide individualized, patient-centered care, despite the time constraints imposed in the modern world. Using the screening and assessment tools outlined in this review, healthcare providers can perform efficient, personalized geriatric evaluations of older adults tailored to each patient's needs. This comprehensive assessment helps us maximize older patients' function, and thus, quality of life and ability to 'age in place'.