10. CGA in Primary Care Settings: Patients presenting with mobility and balance issues
Improving older people’s walking and balancing improves quality of life, reduces dependence on health and social care and prevents falls. This guide looks at the importance of taking a full history, assessing gait and balance, and referral to physiotherapy.
15. CGA in Primary Care Settings: Mental capacity issues
Assessment of mental capacity should be a routine part of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. This guide lays out the principles which govern testing mental capacity, advance care decisions and powers of attorney, along with the safeguards.
17. CGA in Primary Care Settings: Weight loss and nutrition issues
Nutritional status can be easily assessed, and problems can often be addressed quickly. Key questions about diet, appetite and weight should be on the menu of any Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
5. CGA in Primary Care Settings: Psychological components
Depression among the over-65s is often under-recognised, so CGA is not complete without assessing mental health. The assessment conversation also offers an opportunity to identify cognitive dysfunction which may be a sign of dementia or delirium.
Mental health nurses and older patients’ physical health needs
Physical health problems, particularly chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, are more common in people with long-term mental illness.
4. CGA in Primary Care Settings: Functional and social assessment
Functional assessment examines factors like mobility and daily living activities, and social assessment looks at social circumstances. Asking what the older person does and what environment they live in adds context to any Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
Sexual Intimacy in Residential Care
In 2008 a letter was sent to 826 residential homes in one state in Australia asking them what information was available that addressed issues of intimacy and sexuality.
Benzodiazepines and falls risk
Falls are a frequent and frightening issue for patients and staff, and they have physical and psychological consequences for individuals and society. They are costly in human and financial terms (National Institute for Health and Clinical ExceIlence 2004).
Living and dying well with frailty
Presentations from our recent conference, Living and dying well with frailty which took place on the 6th March 2018
Using Local Research Networks
Comprehensive Local Research Networks (CLRNs) work locally to assist research in their area. Using them may assist you in your research project.