Published: 19 March 2016
Author(s): Matteo Cesari, Emanuele Marzetti, Ulrich Thiem, Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda, Gabor Abellan Van Kan, Francesco Landi, Mirko Petrovic, Antonio Cherubini, Roberto Bernabei
Issue: March 2016
Section: Reflections in Internal Medicine

The sustainability of healthcare systems worldwide is threatened by the absolute and relative increase in the number of older persons. The traditional models of care (largely based on a disease-centered approach) are inadequate for a clinical world dominated by older individuals with multiple (chronic) comorbidities and mutually interacting syndromes. There is the need to shift the center of the medical intervention from the disease to the biological age of the individual. Thus, multiple medical specialties have started looking with some interest at concepts of geriatric medicine in order to better face the increased complexity (due to age-related conditions) of their average patient.

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