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Geriatric Failure to Thrive

Inservice Summary

Geriatric failure to thrive may be caused by a single, medical condition but in most cases, there are multiple issues, some treatable and some not. Identifying this syndrome is challenging and often clinicians will confuse failure to thrive with the normal aging process. However, they are very different conditions and its critical for failure to thrive to be appropriately diagnosed for a correct prognosis and treatment to be determined. The hallmarks of geriatric failure to thrive are cognitive impairment, depression, impaired physical functioning, and malnutrition. Treatment is individualized and a multi-disciplinary team approach provides the best chance for success.

After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify key risk factors of geriatric failure to thrive
  • Describe physical symptoms of an elderly person with failure to thrive.
  • Describe types of treatment available for an elderly person diagnosed with failure to thrive.
  • Describe the difference between normal aging and failure to thrive.

Inservice Outline

  • Introduction
  • National Statistics
  • Definition and Causes of Geriatric Failure to Thrive
  • Elderly Patient Profile of Failure to Thrive
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Depression
  • Impaired Physical Function
  • Malnutrition
  • Evaluation for Geriatric Failure to Thrive
  • Treatment for Geriatric Failure to Thrive

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