Breaking Down Barriers in Geriatrics This article is a brief review of geriatrics as it applies in a rehabilitation setting. This is not a well-studied area. It is important for us to understand because of the increasing numbers of people reaching “old” age (arbitrarily set at over 65 years) and the associated illnesses and disability(ies) ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2005
Breaking Down Barriers in Geriatrics
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  • Catherine M. Eberle, MD
    University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2005
Breaking Down Barriers in Geriatrics
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.7
This article is a brief review of geriatrics as it applies in a rehabilitation setting. This is not a well-studied area. It is important for us to understand because of the increasing numbers of people reaching “old” age (arbitrarily set at over 65 years) and the associated illnesses and disability(ies) that bring them in contact with therapists.
What are some of the barriers we face in managing geriatric aged patients; and that our elder patients face? I believe these can be broken down into (a) ageism (misunderstanding what is normal aging versus what is illness); (b) burden of illness (multiple illnesses, rather than “only” one); (c) environmental issues and (d) financial issues
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