Instructions for Geriatric Patients

3rd Edition

Authors: William Sodeman Thomas Sodeman
Paperback ISBN: 9781416002031
eBook ISBN: 9781437710342
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 22nd April 2005
Page Count: 464


The resource American Family Physician called "a valuable and convenient source of educational guides"
is back in an updated New Edition. All the most common diseases, conditions, and problems encountered
in outpatient geriatric care are covered by 185 information sheets. Each sheet features an overview of the problem, important points of treatment, directions on when to contact a physician, and space for customized instructions. Plus, a bonus CD-ROM offers the instruction sheets in a handy electronic format!

Key Features

  • Improves compliance, calms concerns, and strengthens the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Examines clinical conditions such as depression, heart failure, stroke, pneumonia, anemia as well as issues such as incontinence, falls, nutrition and diets, driving, end-of-life care, living wills, and much more.
  • Addresses issues specific to caregivers and anticipates difficulties they encounter.
  • Features perforated pages for ease of photocopying as well as customizable PDF versions of all 185 sheets on the bonus CD-ROM.
  • Allows readers to add their own instructions with additional space provided on each printed topic sheet.
  • Makes information easy to grasp with a large type size and a consistent, patient-friendly format.
  • Table of Contents

    1 Confusion

    Depression (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Dementia (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Delirium (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Disruptive Behavior (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Memory Aids


    2 Cerebrovascular Disease


    Stroke (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Ischemic Stroke (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Transient Ishemic Attack (TIA)

    Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Intracranial Bleeding

    Rehabilitation After Stroke

    Aspirin Treatment for Prevention of Stroke

    Swallowing Difficulty After Stroke (Dysphagia)

    PEG (Percutaneous Gastrotomy) Tubes

    Feeding Tubes (Nasojejunal Tubes)

    3 Tremors

    Parkinsonian Tremor

    Benign Essential Tremor and Senile Tremor

    Tardive Dyskinesia

    4 Sleep Disturbances


    Insomnia (Caregiver’s Guide)


    Disorders in the Sleep-Wake Cycle

    Jet Lag

    Sleep Walking

    5 Falls and Instability

    Falls and Instability

    After a Fall (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Shoes and Falls

    Canes and Walkers

    6 Special Senses: Vision, Hearing, Taste and Smell

    Taste and Smell




    Low Vision (Caregiver’s Guide)


    Dry Eyes

    Sudden Visual Loss

    Ptosis (Dropping of the Eyelid)

    Hearing Loss – Presbycusis

    Hearing Loss – Presbycusis (Caregiver’s Guide)

    Dizziness (Vertigo)

    Otis Media (Ear Infection)



    Macular Degeneration

    Retinal Tear and Retinal Detachment

    Laser Treatment in the Eye

    Contact Lenses

    Hearing Aids

    Cochlear Implants

    7 Incontinence

    Incontinence (General)

    Stress Incontinence

    Incontinence and Prostatic Disease

    Incontinence and dementia


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    About the Author

    William Sodeman

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Medical College of Ohio, Department of Medicine, Toledo, OH

    Thomas Sodeman

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX