Elderly Care

  • Be able to review Goals of Care and an overall approach to the older patient
  • Assess the function (ADLs and IADLs), falls risk, frailty and multi-morbidity in older patients
  • Understand medication and supplement safety in the older patient and also better prescribing methods
  • Identify community resources and other interventions to address concerns in these areas
  • Identify the appropriate vaccinations for the older patient

Core Resources

Senior Snapshot Clinical Card

Ram R, Wright B, Keegan DA. Senior Snapshot. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2013. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

URAF template

Feightner J and Feldman S. BPSD Problem-solving framework and collaborative care approach (U.R.A.F.). In Rivard MF. Puxty J. eds. Introduction to Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD): A Handbook for Family Physicians. 2nd ed. 2009 pp 1-17. Ontario College of Family Physicians.

E_Clinical Frailty Scale

Rockwood K. Clinical Frailty Scale©. 2014.

Safer Prescribing in Elderly Patients

Hart M, Giancroce P. Safer Prescribing in Elderly Patients. CGS Journal of CME. 2015: 5(1).

Publicaly Funded Vaccines Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario. December 2016.

Care of the Elderly emodule - part 1

Care of the Elderly emodule - part 2

Supplemental Resources

The Geriatric Assessment

Elsawy B, Higgins KE. The geriatric assessment. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(1):48-56.

Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach

Tatum P, Talebreza S, Ross J. Geriatric Assessment: An office-based approach. 7 Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(12):776-784.

Lawton Brody scale of IADLs

M. Powell Lawton and Elaine M. Brody. Assessment of Older People: Self-Maintaining and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. The Gerontologist (1969) 9 (3 Part 1): 179-186. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Office management of gait disorders in the elderly

Lam R. Office management of gait disorders in the elderly. Canadian Family Physician. 2011;57(7):765-770.