A Guide for Older Adults and their Loved Ones

In more than thirty-five years of practice, the number one question that I’m asked—whether overtly or covertly—by patients, families, at parties, or when sitting next to someone on an airplane—tends to be:


“Is this normal for aging?”


There’s a world of subtext in this question: Is THIS a sign of a serious chronic illness? Will THIS lead to death? Is THIS the onset of dementia? Will THIS make it impossible for me to live independently? In addition to the anxiety we experience as we age, there may be considerable disagreement about whether anything has actually changed, let alone the significance of change. Many older adults fear that roles will be switched, and they will be parented by their own adult children.


The key to aging well is having a sense of what to expect and learning what you can do about it. In this book you will find information on age-associated changes that occur to your body, mind, and relationships. For each, I’ll discuss what’s normal and what isn’t, what you can do to maintain resiliency and adapt to your new normal, when to worry, and what to tell your doctor.

The first of its kind by a leader in the field, this easy-to-understand guide aims to dispel aging myths and give power back to those who are aging.

Applying Geriatric Medicine to Patients

The wealth of knowledge contained in the classic text, Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach, 4th edition, by Cassel et al. has been streamlined into this handy guide that enables health care providers to quickly integrate the material into their clinical practice.


Written by top experts in the field, this book is an excellent overview of geriatric care. It addresses geriatric pharmacology, Medicare and Medicaid, and other subjects unique to older adults. The text has a case-based instructional approach that helps readers navigate the complexity of disease prevention, presentation, and treatment for conditions such as depression, dementia, and hypertension. Graphs and tables also aid the reader in determining the proper courses of treatment. The broad range of knowledge and skill presented in this practical guide make it an essential resource for all those caring for the elderly.

The Definitive Text on Geriatric Medicine

"This edition ... offers an approach to serving as a knowledgeable advocate for older adults, ranging from the vigorous 80-year-old in whom prevention and assertive intervention may be appropriate to the elderly person who is dying and needs a provider with extensive skills in comfort care and communication with patients. Other perspectives unique to geriatrics are demonstrated in chapters on the determination of decision-making capacity, screening for cancer, nutrition, and pain management. Geriatrics is and will continue to be a predominant part of the daily practice of most generalists. I recommend [this book] for thoughtful reading about rational and compassionate management of geriatric problems."


New England Journal of Medicine

"Rosanne Leipzig is deputy editor of this edition of Geriatric Medicine. She has looked at every single chapter through an evidence-based lens and, whenever possible, provided up-to-date information about the quality and strength of the evidence for the diagnostic and treatment recommendations included in each chapter. We are very fortunate that Dr. Leipzig has joined the Geriatric Medicine, 4th edition team and can give us this added dimension of balance and rigor to the expertise of our world-class roster of authors."

– Christine K. Cassel, MD

Geriatrician, Professor, Author

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Icahn School of Medicine

Mount Sinai

New York, NY

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