Management of Chronic Non-cancer Pain in Older Adults

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Contributed by: Dr. Darren Burback John is a 78-year-old man who has experienced chronic low-back pain for several years, with gradual worsening over time. He has a history of degenerative disc disease and moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. There is no indication for surgical intervention. His history includes mild cognitive impairment, hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2, mild chronic renal impairment and …

Pharmacological treatment of urinary incontinence in the elderly

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Phyllis, a 78-year-old woman with mild COPD comes to your office for a routine disease-monitoring visit. During the consultation, she tells you that she has been experiencing severe urinary urgency for many months and has had several accidents on the way to the washroom over the last few weeks.  She hadn’t mentioned this before as she was embarrassed and thought …

Statins in the Elderly

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Mildred is a generally healthy 85-year-old female. She has a history of osteoporosis and when she developed hypertension in her 60s she was placed on a statin. Issue Mildred has heard that statin use may lead to development of Alzheimer’s disease so asks if she needs to continue taking it. Background The 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines for the Management …

Antidepressant use in later life depression

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Suparna Madan BSc (CMMB), BSc (Psych), MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor, Section of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary Monica is an 84-year-old widowed woman with a recent onset of atrial fibrillation, treated with warfarin. She presents with a one-month history of irritable mood, headaches, insomnia, weight loss, memory complaints and psychomotor retardation. Issue What factors should be …