Aging Connections is offered by the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies as a virtual “hub” for those at The Ohio State University, and the wider community, to learn about a broad array of aging opportunities and how you might become involved within your area of interest. The interdisciplinary nature of aging education, research and care emphasizes the importance of the connections between faculty, clinicians, students and others interested in aging initiatives across campus.
Geriatric Syndromes

Geriatric Syndromes

Geriatrics syndromes are health conditions that are more commonly seen in the older adult population, typically have more than one cause, and may involve many parts of the body. A geriatric syndrome is not a disease; rather, it is the coexistence of chronic diseases with shared risk factors that may lead to functional decline, increased frailty, poor health outcomes and even death. Older adults meeting the following criteria are more likely to suffer from a geriatric syndrome(s):

  • Older age
  • Functional impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Impaired mobility
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Female gender
  • Depressive symptoms

Screenings and Assessment Tools: 

Below is a partial list of some of the more common geriatric syndromes and other issues often experienced by older adults, and links to additional information and validated assessments and screening tools that can be used by health professionals to evaluate these issues.

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