Care of the older patient is characterized by increasing incidence of chronic and acute diseases, with many patients suffering from several conditions simultaneously. The susceptibility to disease increases not only because of physiological factors relating to the aging process, but also due to changes in lifestyle, such as decreased mobility. Issu

Section 1: Epidemiology and scope of problem  1. Worldwide population changes  2. New social structures (divorce, widowhood, rural and urban)  3. Mortality and climate change  Section 2: Conditions affecting the elderly  (Pathology, impact on daily living, investigations, contribution to ill health management strategies)  4. Balance, falls and mortality  5. Vision  6. Audition  7. Dementia  8. Depression and mood changes (care at home, in residential care, hospital, drug/ECT/cognitive therapy)  9. Dentition  10. Continence  11. Sex (couple and single-sex relationships, heterosexual and same-sex, at home, living alone, residential care)  12. Sleep disorders  Section 3: Managing the problem  13. Setting up a one-step gerontology service  14. Investigations BP, BMI, Hb, biochemistry,immunology (what are the normative values, what does the physician need to ask?)  15. Diet and micronutrients: living alone and residential care  16. Polypharmacy getting prescriptions, compliance, drug interactions, drug metabolism changes with age  17. Alternative and complementary therapies  18. Designing living places independent and residential  19. Palliative care: location, chemotherapy, analgesia  20. Caring for carers: professional and non-professional  Index & Bibliographies