By Jose Leon-Carrion, Margaret Giannini
It is very important comprehend the connection among cognition and behaviour while delivering care to the aged. Behavioral Neurology within the aged offers a entire review of an important subject referring to clinical and behavioral gerontology. the fabric presents perception into how the getting older mind impacts reminiscence and language, in addition to motor, emotional, and government functioning. It additionally serves as an final advisor to clinical and neuropsychological geriatric review and evaluate.
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19 He is against the view of old age as a second childhood, as "there is nothing rejuvenative about it,"'9 although it is true that is a "stage of postmaturity that involves ... the transvaluation of all values,"19 and especially all those related to menopause and the loss of beauty and attractiveness in women. "19 While sex declines, love is subject to sublimation or evolves to friendship. The picture that emerges from these pages is mostly descriptive and largely based on self-analysis and qualitative expositions of life in old age.
Older persons may go in and out of frailty and confusion. "Failure to thrive" is a common geriatric syndrome. Howard Fillit has described the phenomenon of a "frailty identity crisis," when frailty becomes fixed. It represents a critical turning point in the life of the patient and in the attitude of the physician. The final outcome may involve multiple organ or system failure, which may come about precipitously in a cascade of debilitating events or in downward stair-step fashion. Ultimately, everything shuts down.
If the patient's history is complete, a physician can make a correct diagnosis 85% of the time; 10% of the time a physical examination will confirm or uncover the answer; and diagnostic tests are useful tools in 5%. The "geriatric assessment" also comprises a comprehensive study of social, environmental, and personal factors. The medicine of youth is relatively simple; it usually involves one disease. The medicine of old age provides many more complex diagnostic and treatment challenges. It is intellectually exciting.
Behavioral Neurology in the Elderly by Jose Leon-Carrion, Margaret Giannini