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Chapter 29. Elderly

Edward Kim, M.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585624201.684420

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Individuals age 65 years and older accounted for nearly 13% of the United States population in 2005, and this figure will increase to 20.3% by 2040 (U.S. Bureau of the Census 2008). Additionally, individuals ages 85 years and older represent a rapidly growing segment of the United States population (Table 29–1). As a result, increasing attention must be paid to health care issues in the elderly. This chapter focuses on specific issues relevant to older patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Table 29–1. Population ages 65 years and older: United States, 1995–2040
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Table 29–2. Factors associated with increased risk of falls
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Table 29–3. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcome and advanced age
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Table 29–4. Neurochemical changes associated with aging
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Table 29–5. Age-related physiological changes and pharmacokinetic implications

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