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Author Bellia, V. (Vincenzo)

Title Respiratory Diseases in the Elderly : European Respiratory Monograph 43
Edition 1
Published Sheffield : European Respiratory Society Journals, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (373 pages)
Series European Respiratory Monograph ; v. 43
European respiratory monograph.
Contents Cover; Contents; Guest editors; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 -- The epidemiological link between ageing and respiratory diseases; Chapter 2 -- Respiratory function standards in the elderly; Chapter 3 -- Spirometry in old age: feasibility and interpretation; Chapter 4 -- Multidimensional assessment and treatment of the elderly with COPD; Chapter 5 -- Asthma in the elderly; Chapter 6 -- Hidden realities of COPD among the very old; Chapter 7 -- COPD exacerbations in old age: how to prevent, detect and treat; Chapter 8 -- Community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly
Chapter 16 -- New modalities of nutritional aspects of pulmonary disease in the elderlyChapter 17 -- Practical aspects of inhaler therapy in frail elderly patients; Chapter 18 -- Are current treatment recommendations suited to elderly patients with asthma or COPD?; Chapter 19 -- Noninvasive ventilation: a remedy for geriatric patients; Chapter 20 -- Lung cancer: does age affect treatment strategy?; Chapter 21 -- Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with respiratory disease; Statements of interest; Previously published
Chapter 9 -- Aspiration and long-term care as risk factors for pneumonia in elderly patientsChapter 10 -- Diseases associated with restrictive lung function impairment; Chapter 11 -- Interstitial lung disease in elderly subjects; Chapter 12 -- Diagnosing pulmonary embolism in elderly patients: a difficult challenge; Chapter 13 -- Sleep-disordered breathing in the elderly; Chapter 14 -- Comorbidity: a distinctive feature of elderly respiratory patients; Chapter 15 -- Nonrespiratory determinants of respiratory impairment in elderly patients: heart failure and diabetes
Summary The world population is rapidly ageing. As a consequence, the portion of the elderly burdened with polipathology and disability will grow, while economic resources to support it will shrink, due to the contraction of the working force. This will require a long-term preventive political strategy but there are also selected healthcare interventions that can be easily implemented to decrease the negative impact of this demographic trend on the well being of our societies. Examples are strategies that slow functional decline and preserve personal capabilities in geriatric populations. Instrumental in developing these strategies is an in-depth knowledge of how older age affects the expression of chronic diseases through several mechanisms, such as age related comorbidity and cognitive/affective problems, decline/loss of social support, or atypical clinical presentations and special diagnostic problems. All this makes the elderly patient a complex client for the individual physician and for the healthcare system, and renders the traditional ''specialist'' approach poorly effective
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Author Antonelli Incalzi, R. (Raffaele)
ISBN 1904097774