One term that is searched frequently on this site is geriatric syndrome known as a condition that is not a disease entity itself but known to lead to morbidity and mortality, and also adversely affect function and quality of life. Geriatrics syndromes, to name a few, are falls, memory loss, urinary incontinence, hearing loss, delirium, chronic pain, insomnia. And since all organ systems has some degree of interdependence, as we age our organ systems decline, hence eventually can lead to a functional limitation in one area that then affects function in other areas. For example, urinary incontinence leads to social isolation, which in turn can increase the risk for depression. Depression also leads to cognitive impairment and poor sleep, which worsens cognitive impairment. And don’t forget how urinary incontinence, cognitive impairment and depression are risk factors for falls.
So a review of geriatric syndromes and their interdependence is important in helping older adults remain independent and doing the things they like. A good book to consider picking up is Top 10 Geriatric Syndromes- Clinical Management Strategies, written by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC. This covers the syndromes well, as the author has that level of expertise that brings you that special knowledge base needed in order to get results. One aspect that is not as deep as it should be is that of medication use, and I would expect this since the level of expertise of the author is from a nursing perspective. What would truly enhance the knowledge base of this book would be to supplement the geriatric syndromes with the expert knowledge base you find from a geriatric pharmacist. Many of the issues spoken to in this book have much deeper medication-related issues tied into them.