Clinical Scenarios

Clinical Scenario

Elderly Health Care


By the end of Family Medicine Clerkship, students will be able to:

1. Assess the following for elderly patients:      
a. ADLs and IADLs (Katz 1983)      
b. Cognition (through validated tools)      
c. Medication/supplement safety      
d. Hearing and vision      
e. Mobility and fall risk      
f. Supports & environment      
g. Mood    
h. Presence and type of advanced care planning documents

2. Identify community resources and other interventions to address concerns in these areas.

Clinical Cards



Recommended Resources Addressing the Objectives

Preventive Activities – Adults (1 page)

Objectives covered: 1cefg
Dickinson J. Preventive activities – Adults. 2014; Available at: Accessed Aug/01, 2014.

The Geriatric Assessment (8 pages)

Objectives covered: 1a-g
Elsawy B, Higgins KE. The geriatric assessment. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jan 1;83(1):48-56.

Advanced care planning documents for seniors (available in both english and french)

Objectives covered: 1h, 2

Additional Resources

Information on seniors health – for seniors and families