Geriatric Neurology Section
The Geriatric Neurology Section focuses on neurologic disorders of the elderly. Although there is no strict age delimitation, geriatric neurology generally encompasses patients aged 65 years and older. The scope of geriatric neurology includes an understanding of the effects of usual aging on the nervous system, the special vulnerabilities of the aging nervous system, the neurologic disorders that frequently affect the elderly, and the methods of neurologic evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management as modified to accommodate the geriatric population. The purview of geriatric neurology includes the neurology of normal aging; mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia; gait disorders; Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; cerebrovascular disease; other age-associated illnesses of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and muscle; and medication effects on the nervous system. A major focus of geriatric neurology is the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of cognitively impaired older adults.
Geriatric neurology overlaps with several areas of neurology, including behavioral neurology, movement disorders, stroke, sleep disorders, and neurorehabilitation. Geriatric neurology interfaces with other medical and allied health fields, including: geriatric internal medicine and family medicine, geriatric psychiatry, long-term care medicine, rehabilitation, urology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, sleep medicine, pain and palliative care, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and social work.
Charles S. DeCarli, MD, FAANChair
Lynee KoesterProject Manager, MCT