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The Difference an Age Makes: What's So Special About Seniors?

Dr. Neil Resnick discusses growth of the elderly population and the importance of prevention.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of prevention in older people.
  • Describe why a single cause of a symptom is less likely than multiple causes.
  • Review why the organ system that is most often ascribed to younger adults is less likely to be the source of the symptom than in an older person.

Reading Resources:

  1. Boyd CM, Darer J, Boult C, Fried LP, Boult L, Wu AW. Clinical practice guidelines and quality of care for older patients with multiple comorbid diseases; Implications for pay for performance. JAMA. 2005; 294: 716-24. PubMed PMID:16091574
  2. American Geriatrics Society Expert Panel on the Care of Older Adults with Multimorbidity. Guiding principles for the care of older adults with multimorbidity: An approach for clinicians J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012; 6-(10):E1-E25.doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04188.x. Epub 2012 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 22994865
  3. Resnick NM, Marcantonio ER. How should clinical care of the aged differ?  Lancet 1997; 350:1157-8. PubMed PMID: 9343515
  4. Krumholz HM, Post-Hospital syndrome—an acquired, transient condition of generalized risk. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jan 10; 368(2):100-2. dii:10.1056/NEJMp1212324. PubMed PIMID: 23301730; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3688067


Dr. Neil Resnick has no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 3/31/2014 | Last Modified On: 11/8/2016 | Expires: 11/8/2017


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Neil M. Resnick, MD

Neil M. Resnick, MD Neil Resnick, M.D., is Thomas Detre professor and chief of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Resnick leads one of the largest and most innovative geriatric programs in the country with more ...
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