I once saw a patient who was about to turn 95 years old.
She had pain in her right knee. I asked what she thought was wrong.
What do you expect at my age? she replied, shrugging her shoulders.
How is your left knee? I asked.
Just fine, thank you she answered.
Then why doesn’t your left knee hurt? Isn’t it the same age as your right knee? I said.
She smiled too and understood what I meant.
Think about it. Often. I do.
It keeps me on the right track when I try to help my older patients.
Don’t sell older people short. There is always something that can be done to help an older person lead a happier, more functional life, even in extreme old age.
© Robert Stall MD / Stall Geriatrics LLC